The restructured Master of Arts 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.

Quick Facts

  • Degree: Master of Arts (Planning)
  • Subject: Specialty
  • Mode of delivery: On campus
  • Specialization: Planning
  • Program Components: Coursework + Options
  • Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science
  • School: School of Community and Regional Planning

This degree program is designed to provide a stimulating opportunity for students who have an interest in planning as a career, and who seek a strong and robust graduate educational experience as a platform for high-level planning and public policy work. Specifically, our program will appeal to students desiring a richer theoretical understanding of complex issues in city and community planning, environmental planning, and international development planning, as well as intensive study of instructive case studies.

The program may also be of particular interest to students with a possible interest in doctoral studies.

Successful applicants will work closely with a faculty supervisor, who should be identified in your application. We strongly advise communicating with a prospective supervisor in advance of making a formal application for entry.

The program is designed to be completed within eighteen months, incorporating a selection of coursework (including a theory course and thesis workshop), and a thesis prepared with the guidance of a supervisor and second reader.

Applicants should note that the research masters* degree programs are not formally accredited by the Canadian or American boards. Those seeking an accredited degree are encouraged to apply to the School’s MCRP program.

Research Focus

Community Development and Social Planning, Comparative Development Planning, Disaster and Risk Management Planning, Ecological and Natural Resources Planning, Transportation Planning, Urban Development Planning


SCARP requires that students applying to the MAP submit a proposed thesis topic and samples of their academic research and writing.


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Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree.

Upon graduation students in the research masters area receive a Master of Arts in Planning (MAP) if they entered the program with a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Master of Science in Planning (MScP) if they entered the program with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated December 6, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
4,897 CAD
$4,897.83 Tuition per year for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Refugee, Diplomat; $8,604.66 Tuition per year for International students.
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