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Graduate Studies Calendar 2020-2021 Program Descriptions School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Master of Planning (MPlan)
Master of Planning (MPlan)
1. Degree Offered

Master of Planning (MPlan) - course-based

Master of Planning/Master of Business Administration (MPlan/MBA) - combined degree offered with the Haskayne School of Business

  • MPlan/MBA Specialization: Real Estate Studies

Students in the MPlan program are registered during the Fall and Winter terms (September to April) with a regularly scheduled break from May to August.

2. Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Planning is a competitive process. Applicants must meet minimum Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for Admission (including a 3.00 GPA). In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the program requires:

a) Statement of Interest
A clear, well-written statement of interest 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.

b) Digital Portfolio
A portfolio that includes 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 on the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape website at: sapl.ucalgary.ca/future-students/admissions/how-apply.

c) Curriculum Vitae
A current copy of curriculum vitae (CV).

d) Reference Letters
Three reference letters, of which at least two should be academic.

e) Proof of English Proficiency
For applicants who are required to prove proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL score of 105 (Internet-based test); or an IELTS score of 7.5; or a CAEL overall score of 70 with a minimum score of 70 in each component. This requirement can also be met by completing the Academic Communication Certificate with a minimum grade of "A-" in each course.

f) Example of Writing
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.

Master of Planning/Master of Business Administration (MPlan/MBA)

An applicant to the combined MPlan/MBA program must be admitted to the MPlan program and make separate application for, and be admitted by, the MBA program. The respective Combined Program Committee will review each application.

3. Application Deadlines

Deadline for submission of complete applications is available on the Future Students website:

Master of Planning: ucalgary.ca/future-students/graduate/explore-programs/landscape-architecture-master-landscape-architecture-course-based.

Master of Planning/MBA combined program: A separate application to the MBA program is required. See ucalgary.ca/future-students/graduate/explore-programs/management-master-business-administration-course-based.

4. Advanced Credit

A student may apply for advanced credit for previous courses that have not been used to satisfy the requirements of any other degree or diploma program. See Advanced Credit.

Course Exemptions: Students registered in a graduate degree program may receive an exemption from a specific course if they can demonstrate successful completion of an equivalent course. In order to be eligible for an exemption, the student must provide original transcripts, course outlines and samples of course assignments which will be assessed for academic equivalency. Courses for which exemptions are being sought must be from a recognized institution, and they must be graded courses with a minimum grade of "B-". Students granted an exemption from a course may be required to take another, equally-weighted, course to satisfy credit-hour requirements for their program.

5. Course Requirements

Master of Planning (MPlan)

Students must successfully complete at least 51 units to include the following:

a) Core required courses:

Environmental Design Planning 602 (3 units)
Environmental Design Planning 611 (3 units)
Environmental Design Planning 621 (3 units)
Environmental Design Planning 625 (3 units)
Environmental Design Planning 626 (3 units)
Environmental Design Planning 627 (3 units)
Environmental Design Planning 632 (1.5 units)
Environmental Design Planning 634 (1.5 units)
Environmental Design Planning 636 (6 units)
Environmental Design Planning 644 (6 units)

b) One of the following Planning Studio courses, the other of which may be taken as elective credit:

Environmental Design 640 (6 units)
Environmental Design 620 (6 units)

c) Twelve units of elective credit at the graduate level chosen in consultation with the Associate Dean (Academic - Landscape and Planning). Six of these units must be from the following courses:

Environmental Design 616 (3 units)
Environmental Design 622 (3 units)
Environmental Design 628 (3 units)
Environmental Design 671 (3 units)

Master of Planning/Master of Business Administration (MPlan/MBA) Combined Degree

Students admitted to the MPlan/MBA will focus on courses for the MBA during the first year and on MPlan courses in years two and three. Typically, the Real Estate Studies specialization will be completed in year four. Course requirements include:

a) MBA courses (54 units):

b) MPlan courses (45 units):

6. Additional Requirements

A laptop computer is required for all course-based degree programs in the School of Architecture, Landscape and Planning. Further information pertaining to specifications will be sent out to newly-admitted students in the summer term prior to the commencement of their studies.

Attendance at orientation for first year students is required.

7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Only undergraduate courses numbered 500-599 may be considered for graduate-level credit and are subject to approval by the Associate Dean (Planning and Landscape).

8. Time Limit

Students registered in the Master of Planning program are expected to enroll on a full-time basis and complete the degree requirements within two registration years. Maximum completion time is six registration years. See Time Limits.

9. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to highly qualified students but cannot be guaranteed. For information on admission and academic awards, see the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this calendar, the SAPL website and the Awards Database on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.