What will I learn?

This two-year Canadian Institute of Planners-accredited graduate degree teaches students the legal and institutional processes of planning, and prepares students with a depth of applicable knowledge for identifying and leveraging opportunities to make our cities and communities more sustainable, vibrant, healthy, equitable, and economically secure. In this studio-based program, students engage with real-world problems and real clients.

We emphasize the importance of form-based planning, where design and graphic skills are an integral part of the planning process. We offer a series of studios and technical courses that prepare students for this challenging work.

The MPlan can be completed in combination with the course-based Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Outcomes and next steps

Real estate development, school boards, non-profit organizations, urban designer, parks planner, environmental planner, GIS specialist, regional planner, housing specialist, community planner.

A course-based master’s degree in planning is usually considered a final degree.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Environmental Design

Study options

Full Time (Two years full-time; six years maximum; part-time available)

Tuition fees
CAN $16,220 Tuition fee for the first 12 months of the program; General fee 12 months of study: CAN $1,830
Start date

Expected September 2022


Faculty of Environmental Design

University of Calgary,

2500 University Drive NW,


Alberta (AB),

T2N 1N4, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have the grade of 3.0 (B+) on a 4-point scale in third and fourth year-level course work. English language Requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 86 with no section less than 20 (Internet-based) or 560 (paper-based); International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 with no section less than 6.0 (Academic version); Michigan English Language Battery (MELAB) score of 80, or higher; Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 59, or higher (Academic version).

For international students

Students must have minimum education with a four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution.

GPA: A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

English Language Requirements

  • TOEFL score of at least 105 (Internet-based) or 600 (paper-based).
  • IELTS score of 7.5 (Academic version)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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