Master of Planning (MPlan)

Why choose Planning?

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


​Studying Planning at [SAPL] 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

Admission requirements
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Requirements for this program can be found at:
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Approved courses

  • Aboriginal Studies 30
  • Any 5-credit second language or language and culture course at the 30-level [1,2]
  • Any approved grade 12 IB diploma or AP academic subject
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • CTS Computing Science 30 (5-credits)
  • Fine Arts (Art 30, Art 31, Choral Music 30, General Music 30, Instrumental Music 30, Drama 30, Dance 35)
  • Mathematics 30-1, 30-2, and 31 [1,3]
  • Physical Education 30
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1

Approved options

  • Social Studies 30-2
  • Other five-credit 30-level courses excluding Special Projects 30 and English 30-2.
  • Three-credit courses: Two three-credit 20- or 30-level courses can be combined to fulfil ONE requirement. Courses at the 20- and 30-level CANNOT be combined to satisfy a course requirement.
  • One-credit courses: five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil one approved option requirement.
  • Students applying for Summer 2022 forward should review the options tab below.

Approved courses and options notes

  1. Two courses in the same subject area may not be presented to satisfy entrance requirements unless the courses are Mathematics 30-1, Mathematics 30-2 or Mathematics 31
  2. Only one grade 12 level course in a language stream may be used to satisfy admission requirements.
  3. One-credit courses: five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil ONE option requirement. Intermediate and Advanced Credits cannot be combined to satisfy a course requirement.

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School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
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2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4