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MCRP Planning

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

19104.51 USD
9763.41 USD

Application fee

International 162 USD
National 100 USD
Faculty of Applied Science
Scores accepted
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
GRE (avg)320
GMAT (avg)646

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About this course

The MCRP program offers an innovative curriculum that draws upon the expertise of SCARP faculty as well as practicing planners. The strong procedural emphasis on integrated approaches to planning for substantive issues is reflected in the specific requirements for the MCRP degree, as well as the research, professional practice, and service activities of the faculty, staff, and students.

The MCRP program is further guided and informed by the accreditation and standards criteria of the American Institute of Certified Planners’ Planning Accreditation Board and the Canadian Institute of Planners’ accrediting body, the Professional Standards Board. SCARP is one of only two schools in Canada with a master’s program fully accredited by both the Canadian and American planning organizations.

The School is highly regarded within the international profession of planning, and its setting in Vancouver, which attracts world-wide attention and acclaim for excellence in urban planning, enhances the educational experience of SCARP students.

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Eligibility Criteria

All applicants must meet the admission requirements of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. English language proficiency standards, including TOEFL and GRE requirements are listed under English Language Proficiency Standards and GRE Requirements.

In addition to meeting the University’s academic standards for admission, SCARP requires that students submit a 500-word statement outlining their specific interests as well as providing information on their professional experience and community involvement. The SCARP Admissions Committee oversees the admissions process to the School.

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Course Modules

The total program credit requirement is 48 credits, including 18 credits of required courses that incorporate accreditation performance criteria and essential background for planning. These are:

  • PLAN 508 (3) Foundations of Planning Theory and History
  • PLAN 509 (2) Urbanism as a Global Way of Life
  • PLAN 510 (2) Environment and Sustainability Concepts for Planning Practice
  • PLAN 521 (3) Quantitative Skills for Planners
  • PLAN 522 (2) Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis
  • PLAN 523 (2) The Profession of Planning
  • PLAN 524 (2) Legal Concepts for Professional Planning
  • PLAN 525 (2) Planning Practice Methods

In addition, each student is required to complete a capstone project (PLAN 528) for 3 or 6 credits, a 6-credit studio (PLAN 526) and a 3-credit internship (PLAN 527). For the remaining 12 credits, students can choose courses tailored to their interests through consultation with an advisor, or they can choose between one of two pre-determined concentrations: Urban Design or Indigenous Community Planning.

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How to Apply

Curriculum Vitae
Provide details of education, academic awards, relevant work experience, relevant volunteer experience, publications, conference presentations, etc. 

University transcripts
The Graduate Program requires that applicants scan and upload copies of all university transcripts and proof of degree conferral, please include the marking guide from the corresponding university.  If the transcripts are not in English, then you must provide an official English language translation.  For degrees from China, official original and English language translations of degree certificates are required in addition to transcripts.

English Language Proficiency Test Results

Applicants with undergraduate training at a university where English is not the primary language of instruction, must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency through one of the approved English language proficiency examinations. 

Letters of reference
The Graduate Program requires three letters of reference, at least one of which (and preferably two) should be from an academic referee who is able to speak to your abilities as a student.  PhD applicants are required to include a letter of reference from their LLM supervisor as one of their referees.

Please forward your dissertation proposal to your referees and ask that they comment on the quality of the proposal and your preparation for undertaking the proposed project.

If you are submitting an on-line application, you must supply the email addresses for each of your referees, the on-line application system will send your referees a unique email which will give them several options for submitting their letters of reference.  

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