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MSCP Planning

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

8270.58 USD
4707.66 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 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.

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Eligibility Criteria

In addition to meeting the University’s academic standards for admission, SCARP requires that students applying to the M.Sc.P. submit a proposed thesis topic and samples of their academic research and writing. (Applicants interested in the program are encouraged to contact individual faculty members to discuss their goals and proposed research topic area in advance of the application deadline.) These submissions are used together with letters of reference to make an overall assessment of a student’s appropriateness for the program, to determine if the student’s interests are compatible with SCARP faculty areas of interest and expertise, and to select each student’s program advisor. The SCARP Admissions Committee oversees the admissions process to the School.

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Course Modules

The M.Sc.P. degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 34 credits and a thesis, over twelve to eighteen months.

Students in the Master of Science in Planning program will have a Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree, and must complete PLAN 558, PLAN 559, and PLAN 560 and at least one 3-credit course in quantitative methods for research in another UBC department. The course must be approved by the faculty advisor.

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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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