Master of Planning (MPlan)
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What you will learn in this program
Our Master of Planning (MPlan) program is a distinctly different design- and studio-based program. This studio emphasis means that you'll be engaged with real-world problems and real clients, often helping to directly shape the built environment. Studio-based learning is applied learning, so you'll synthesize the skills and knowledge gained throughout the program to address complex problems at a variety of scales, and emphasizing a design approach. Our MPlan program is the only accredited planning program in Alberta, and is fully accredited by the Professional Standards Board, Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Alberta Professional Planners Institute. Graduation from an accredited planning program is the most direct path to becoming a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) and member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP). Undergraduate study is required - You cannot enter the MPlan program directly from high school. The most up-to-date admission requirements can be found at evds.ucalgary.ca.
Admission requirements and information
Studying Planning at EVDS placed me in an engaging studio-based environment, working with real professionals on real-world planning projects. The opportunity to study-abroad in Melbourne was a highlight – exposing me to new approaches to design and using one of the world’s most livable cities as a classroom.
Ben B., MPlan'14
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We strive to understand the places in which we live and to find ways to develop urban form that is ecologically and economically sustainable and appropriate in our contemporary cultural context. The search for a regional expression of civic and architectural design is a major underpinning of our work. Our approach always begins with a detailed analysis of the context of the project, where we try to understand the historical, environmental, cultural and political influences and processes.
Francisco Alaniz Uribe, MEDes, MCIP, RPP — Associate Professor
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The MPlan program has taught me that every situation is unique; we need to fully understand what's involved with each site, each project, and how important it is to learn from the people who know their community best. We’re working in the neighbourhoods we live in, learning from experienced faculty how professional practice is actually performed. Every day we work towards finding solutions to make the places we live more vibrant, healthier and safe not only for today, but for the future as well.