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.
The MPlan can be completed in combination with the course-based Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Outcomes and next steps
Real estate development, school boards, non-profit organizations, urban designer, parks planner, environmental planner, GIS specialist, regional planner, housing specialist, community planner.
A course-based master’s degree in planning is usually considered a final degree.
Degree at a glance
Successful completion of course requirements
Conceptual Bases of Environmental Design and topics including site planning, history and theory, analytic methods and others.
May include computer modelling, geographic information systems, urban design, regional planning, land use and other topics.
Admission requirements and information
Requirements for the Planning Program
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.
A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution.
At least one example of the applicant’s previous academic or professional writing, such as a written essay, published research paper, major academic paper, design project or consulting report. A portfolio should be submitted that include examples of the applicant’s design work or design thinking, including creative work or ideas, community action, planning or design products, or graphics and visual communication. The requirements for digital portfolio submissions are found in the Faculty of Environmental Design website at: evds.ucalgary.ca/content/master-planning-mplan-admissions.
A clear, well-written, statement of intent which describes the applicant's interest in planning and how the applicant's specific educational background and professional or personal experience relates to Planning as a field of study.
English language proficiency
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
TOEFL score of at least 105 (Internet-based) or 600 (paper-based). Our institution code is 0813
All graduate students must pay general fees each year, as well as program fees.
Estimate for full-time students
Canadian and permanent resident
For 12 months of study
For the first 12 months of the program
For the first 12 months of the program
General fees and tuition
General fees are annual and per-term fees. Annual fees are paid once per year, while per-term are paid each term (3 terms per year).
Tuition covers standard academic costs. Tuition shown is for one year, based on completion of 10 courses. Domestic students pay $714 per course. International students pay $1,622 per course. Textbooks and other material costs are not included.
What are annual continuing fees?
Continuing fees do not apply to this program.
There are several awards and scholarships open to EVDS students. The majority are coordinated by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and are open to all University of Calgary graduate students. For a complete list visit the graduate awards searchable database and search under "programs" for Environmental Design.
Fees listed here are estimates only, and have been rounded to the nearest dollar. These amounts should not be considered accurate. All amounts are in Canadian Dollars.
Fees are subject to change.
For more details and the most accurate information go to the Academic Calendar
For more general information, see our Fees and Funding Guide
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