The University of British Columbia - Vancouver - Faculty of Graduate Studies

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Planning (MAP) - Master of Arts in Planning

The University of British Columbia - Vancouver - Faculty of Graduate Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Applied Science
Field of Study:City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Thesis Based:Yes
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $5,302
International: $9,314
Careers:Urban and Land Use Planners


The restructured Master of Science in Planning is a thesis-based research program of study, which is differentiated from SCARP's accredited, professionally oriented Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) and is intended to provide learning opportunities for:

  • practicing professionals who want to strengthen their research skills;
  • those with undergraduate planning degrees from accredited programs;
  • and students (with or without a master's degree) interested in eventually doing doctoral research;
  • to undertake graduate-level study leading to a non-accredited, research-based master's degree.
  • Prerequisites:

    Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*76
    These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
      Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree.
      Test Scores:
      • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 100] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7.0]
      Application Notes : Applicants whose degrees are from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission.

      All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.

      All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study.
      Additional Admission Requirements:
      • Letter(s) of Reference
      • Statement of Research Interests
      A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.

      * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

      * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

      Modified on September 10, 2022