Master of Planning Program Structure

The Master of Planning is a first professional degree at the master's 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 consecutive terms. The curriculum is structured around five required core studios. These studio courses are "full" or 6-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 coursesand electives. These course requirements are referred to as "credit units". A studio course is a full course, and full courses are worth 6 units. A half course, whether required or elective, is worth three units. In total, over five 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

 

PLAN602 Computer Modelling for Urban Design (3 units) 
PLAN606 Site Planning Studio (6 units) 
PLAN600 Landscape Ecology and Planning (3 units) 
PLAN626 Urban Design Theory (3 units) 

SAPL Fall Block Week

Experiential Learning in Planning

UCalgary January Block Week

No Classes

Winter Term
PLAN604 Planning History and Theory (3 units)
PLAN608 GIS for Environmental Design (3 units) 
PLAN610 Community Planning Studio (6 units)
PLAN612 Urban Infrastructure and Land Use (3 units)

SAPL Winter Block Week

Experiential Learning in Planning

Spring Intersession

PLAN616 Urban Design Studio (6 units)

ARCH 675 Urban Systems (3 units)


Second (M2) Year

Fall Term

 

PLAN 618 Regional Planning Studio (6 units) 
PLAN 620 Planning and Public Engagement (1.5 units)
Open Elective in SAPL

SAPL Fall Block Week

Experiential Learning in Planning

UCalgary January Block Week

No Classes

Winter Term

 

PLAN 628 Professional Planning Practice (3 units)
PLAN 630 Advanced Professional Planning Studio (6 units)
PLAN 622 Project Management for Planners (1.5 units)

SAPL Winter Block Week

Experiential Learning in Planning


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.