The Master of Planning is a two-year, course-based, first professional degree program. The MPlan is accredited by the Professional Standards Board for the planning profession in Canada which prepares students for professional practice. While focused on the role of professional planners in rural and urban municipal government contexts, the skills and knowledge gained from the program also enable graduates to function effectively in the private sector — in areas related to land development, community design and development, regulatory planning, and policy development.
What characterizes our MPlan degree program is two-fold:
- Our form-based approach to planning and the interdisciplinary opportunities for planning students to take courses and,
- Design studios with students from the Master of Landscape Architecture and the Master of Architecture.
The physical design/form-based approach reflects SAPL's city-building and constructed-environment focus. It is important for professional planners in the public and private sector, elected officials and citizens to understand the spatial and built-form implications of policy and policy-driven decision-making. Spatial information and visual communication are valuable planning skills and just as important as understanding the policy and regulatory world in terms of what gets built and why what’s on the ground is the way it is. However, they also have the added value of helping envision what could be and the nature of cities. The forms of constructed environment are ever-changing, as concerns for social equity, sustainability, economic diversification, housing affordability, transportation, climate change adaptation, and new technologies increasingly influence urban aspirations and discourse.
The Planning program at the University of Calgary has been active for almost 50 years. Graduates have gone on to be recognized planning practitioners and changemakers — internationally, nationally, and locally. Our teaching faculty have a range of research expertise and professional practice experience, providing an excellent support network to help you make connections to the profession, help you understand the complexity of successful planning practice, and advise you on advanced academic research opportunities in your area of practice interest.
If you have questions about the MPlan Program or have specific admission application questions please contact us. We are committed to providing you with a quality experience in our program and the ratio of 15 students to one instructor helps maintain a focus on your professional and academic development.