Master of Planning Program Structure

The Master of Planning is a first professional degree at the masters level. It is a course-based degree, which means no research thesis is required. The curriculum incorporates the breadth of Canadian Institute of Planners accreditation requirements and is fully accredited. 

Degree Requirements

The two-year curriculum is expected to be completed in five (4) consecutive terms. The curriculum is structured around four (5) required core studios. These studio courses are "full" or six-unit courses and must be taken in the required sequence of one studio per term.  For this reason, all applicants admitted to the MPlan must start in the fall term.

Successful completion of the MPlan degree requires successful completion of two years (5 terms) of coursework requirements, which include required courses, required electives, and electives. These course requirements are referred to as "credit units". A studio course is a full course, and full courses are worth six units. A half course, whether required or elective, is worth three units. In total, over four terms in two years, successful degree completion requires successful completion of a total of 66 units as outlined below and in the Faculty of Graduate Studies Academic Calendar:

Master of Planning Program Requirements:

a) Core required courses:

Planning 600 Landscape Ecology and Planning (3 units)
Planning 602 Computer Modelling for Urban Design (3 units)
Planning 604 Planning History and Theory (3 units)
Planning 606 Site Planning Studio (6 units)
Planning 608 GIS for Environmental Design (3 units)
Planning 610 Community Planning Studio (6 units)
Planning 612 Urban Infrastructure and Land Use (3 units)
Planning 620 Planning and Public Engagement (1.5 units)
Planning 622 Project Management for Planners (1.5 units) 
Planning 626 Urban Design Theory (3 units)
Planning 628 Professional Planning Practice (3 units)
Planning 630 Advanced Professional Planning Studio (6 units)
Architecture 675 Urban Systems (3 units)

b) 12 units from:

Planning 616 Urban Design Studio (6 units)
Planning 618 Regional Planning Studio (6 units)

c) 3 units from:

Planning 670 Experiential Learning in Planning (3 units)
Planning 672 Experiential Learning in Planning (1.5 units)
Planning 674 Experiential Learning in Planning (1.5 units)
Planning 676 Experiential Learning in Planning (3 units)

g) 6 units of open elective credit

Total Credits: 66 units

MPlan First (M1) Year

The following sample course sequence is typical of the two-year curriculum leading to a Master of Planning degree.

Fall Term

PLAN 602 Computer Modelling for Urban Design (3 units) 
PLAN 606 Site Planning Studio (3 units) 
PLAN 600 Landscape Ecology and Planning (3 units) 
PLAN 626 Urban Design Theory (3 units) 

SAPL Fall Block Week

Experiential Learning in Planning

UCalgary January Block Week

No Classes

Winter Term
PLAN 604 Planning History and Theory (3 units)
PLAN 608 GIS for Environmental Design (3 units) 
PLAN 610 Community Planning Studio (6 units)
PLAN 612 Urban Infrastructure and Land Use (3 units)

SAPL Winter Block Week

Experiential Learning in Planning

Spring Intersession

PLAN 616 Urban Design Studio (6 units)

ARCH 675 Urban Systems (3 units)

Total of [#] core credits in M1.

Second (M2) Year

Fall Term


PLAN 618 Regional Planning Studio (6 units) 
Open Elective in SAPL

SAPL Fall Block Week

PLAN 620 Planning and Public Engagement (1.5 units)

UCalgary January Block Week

No Classes

Winter Term

PLAN 628 Professional Planning Practice (3 units)
PLAN 630 Advanced Professional Planning Studio (6 units)

SAPL Winter Block Week

PLAN 622 Project Management for Planners (1.5 units)

Total of [#] core credits in M2.

Required Electives

MPlan students are required to complete 12 elective credits to complete the program; this must include two of the following elective courses (6 units:

Offered in Fall Term

EVDS628 Housing (3 units)
PLAN626 Urban Design Theory (3 units)

Offered in Winter Term

PLAN612 Urban Infrastructure and Land Use (3 units)
EVDS622 Real Estate Development and Finance (3 units)


Please be aware that over time, curriculum changes may be made to the MPlan Program as required and approved. However, the curriculum requirements for degree completion will remain the same as those in effect in the Graduate Calendar at the time of your admission to the Program.

* Shared course with Master of Landscape Architecture program

** EVDS 620 is an interdisciplinary studio with MPlan, MLA and MArch programs