Master of Planning Program Structure

The Master of Planning is a first professional degree at the masters level. It is a course-based degree, which means no research thesis is required. The curriculum incorporates the breadth of Canadian Institute of Planners accreditation requirements and is fully accredited. 

Degree Requirements

The two-year curriculum is expected to be completed in four (4) consecutive terms. The curriculum is structured around four (4) required core studios. These studio courses are "full" or six-unit courses and must be taken in the required sequence of one studio per term.  For this reason, all applicants admitted to the MPlan must start in the fall term.

Successful completion of the MPlan degree requires successful completion of two years (4 terms) of coursework requirements, which include required courses, required electives, and electives. These course requirements are referred to as "credit units". A studio course is a full course, and full courses are worth six units. A half course, whether required or elective, is worth three units. In total, over four terms in two years, successful degree completion requires successful completion of a total of 51 units as outlined below and in the Faculty of Graduate Studies Academic Calendar:


Fall Term

EVDP 602 Computer Modelling (3 units) *
EVDP 625 Site Planning Studio (3 units) *
EVDP 626 Land Plan/Ecological Design (3 units) *
EVDP 627 Plan History and Theory (3 units)

Winter Term
EVDP 611 GIS (3 units) *
EVDP 636 Community Planning Studio (6 units)
One elective (3 units)

Total of 21 core credits in M1.

Required Electives

MPlan students are required to complete 12 elective credits to complete the program; this must include two of the following elective courses (6 units:

Offered in Fall Term

EVDS 628 Housing (3 units)
EVDS 671 Urban Design Theory (3 units)

Offered in Winter Term

EVDS 616 Urban Infrastructure (3 units)
EVDS 622 Real Estate Development and Finance (3 units)


Please be aware that over time, curriculum changes may be made to the MPlan Program as required and approved. However, the curriculum requirements for degree completion will remain the same as those in effect in the Graduate Calendar at the time of your admission to the Program.

* Shared course with Master of Landscape Architecture program

** EVDS 620 is an interdisciplinary studio with MPlan, MLA and MArch programs