Master of Planning (MPlan) Admissions

Applications are accepted September 1 through to January 15

Master of Planning

Applications for the Master of Planning program are accepted between September 1 and January 15. Students can follow along in  the UCalgary Student Centre to see if any documentation is missing. Decision from the selection committee will be provided by end of March. The application process is competitive, and unfortunately not all qualified applicants meeting the requirements may be admitted. Refer to the University of Calgary Calendar and the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar for further information on admissions.

Admission requirements

Four-year undergraduate degree, ideally with experience in design, the humanities, social sciences, arts, engineering, biological and/or physical sciences – including, wherever possible, studio, laboratory and collaborative learning experiences.

A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

Application materials

The application is a two-step process. Submit your biographical information, degree information and referee information through the online application form. You'll be prompted to pay the application fee during this process.

Once the form has been submitted, you'll receive an email with instructions for uploading supporting documents (transcripts, portfolio, resume, samples of writing, etc.).

Create an eID to log in. If you already have an eID, you can begin your online application

Once in the online application form, scroll down in the program list to Environmental Design, then select the degree. For the MArch program, you will first select "Environmental Design" and then see the Master of Architecture on the next screen.

Remember to click 'Save & Continue' often to ensure your application is saved.

Provide one official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended. If you attended UCalgary, you do not need to submit a transcript for that/those degree(s). Transcripts can be sent directly to the University of Calgary from the institution, or you can bundle and send together. All envelopes must be sealed and signed.

If you attended university in another country, review international admissions requirements.

Deliver official transcripts to:

Faculty of Graduate Studies, ES 1010
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, Canada, T2N 1N4

If your post-secondary institution has the capacity to email official transcripts, they should now be sent directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at must be emailed by the school, transcripts emailed by the applicant will not be accepted.

This is your chance to make a great impression! The admissions committee is looking for evidence of creative ability and/or potential. Graphic organization of the portfolio, including typography and layout, are also considered.

Include creative work in any field or medium, along with short descriptions. Your portfolio should be a PDF file under 30 MB, 25 pages, with page size around 8.5" x 11". Name the file "Lastname_Firstname_ Program_2021.pdf".

A summary of your experiences in education, work, travel, volunteering, and other relevant areas. 

Provide three referees, with names and contact information: both phone and email, in your online application. 

Let us know what motivates you through stories, experiences and examples of places and spaces that have challenged and inspired you. Include responses to these questions:

  1. Why is design important to society?
  2. What about our program drew you to apply with us?
  3. How do you think a design education here will influence your future?
  4. What do you hope your contributions to our program will be?

The non-refundable application fee is CDN $125 for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and CDN $145 for international students attending on a Study Permit.

At least one example of academic or professional productivity such as a written essay, published paper, thesis, design project, consulting report. The examples of writing should be submitted in digital form (one portable document .PDF file), uploaded by the applicant to their Student Centre, upon submission of their online application. If there is more than on example in the pdf document, please include a table of contents at the beginning.

Sample Portfolios

MPlan - Tyesha McGann

MPlan - Anonymous

MPlan - Lauren Armeneau

MPlan - Zoe Crandall

MLA - Justin Bhatia

MLA - Emma Brodie

Note: The application process is competitive, and unfortunately not all qualified applicants meeting the requirements may be admitted. Refer to the current University of Calgary Calendar and the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar for further information on admissions.

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