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Master of Planning (MPlan)

Course-based program

Program overview

This two-year Canadian Institute of Planners-accredited graduate degree teaches students the legal and institutional processes of planning, and prepares students with a depth of applicable knowledge for identifying and leveraging opportunities to make our cities and communities more sustainable, vibrant, healthy, equitable, and economically secure. In this studio-based program, students engage with real-world problems and real clients.

We emphasize the importance of form-based planning, where design and graphic skills are an integral part of the planning process. We offer a series of studios and technical courses that prepare students for this challenging work.

Completing this program

  • Core Courses: Studio courses in each term and other topics including site planning, history and theory, analytic methods and others.

  • Additional Courses: Include computer modelling, geographic information systems, urban design, regional planning, land use and other topics.


City planner, real estate development, school boards, non-profit organizations, urban designer, parks planner, environmental planner, GIS specialist, regional planner, housing specialist, community planner.

The course-based Master of Planning degree is accredited by the Professional Standards Board (PSB), and fulfills the accreditation requirements of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI). Students can also continue their academic studies by pursuing the Master of Environmental Design (MEDes) degree.

Course-based program

Fifteen core courses, including five planning studio courses and three elective courses

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Two years full-time; six years maximum


No supervisor is required

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Admission Requirements


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the last two years of study (a minimum of 20 courses or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four-year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution


Applicants are required to submit a digital application package consisting of 1) a digital portfolio, 2) a resume/CV, and 3) a statement of interest. These documents should be submitted as a single .PDF document with a cover letter (include your full name) and a table of contents for clarity. The package should be uploaded to the Student Centre following submission of an online application. Additional descriptions, specifications, and details about the digital portfolio, resume, and statement of interest can be found on the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape website at:

Reference letters


Test scores


English language proficiency

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


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Jan. 15 application deadline
  • International students: Jan. 15 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Professional Faculties Building, Room 2182
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

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