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Graduate Studies Programs of Study Urban and Regional Planning

Urban and Regional Planning
Gordon, D.L.A.1
Gordon, D.L.A.1
Associate Professor
Agarwal, A.2, Meligrana, J.F., Viswanathan, L., Whitelaw, G.S.
Assistant Professor
Collins, P.
Professor Emeritus
Hodge, G., Leung, H-L., Qadeer, M.A, Skaburskis, A.
Cross Appointed Faculty
Anderson, B.C.

Adjunct Associate Professor
  Bray, C.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
  Andrew, J.S., Streich, P.A.

Adjunct Lecturer
Agarwal, S., Cumming, S., Schiller, P.L.
1 On Leave January 1, 2017-June 30,  2017
2 On Leave July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017


The School of Urban and Regional Planning is a unit with the Department of Geography and Planning. Located in Robert Sutherland Hall, the School of Urban and Regional Planning is  connected directly to the social sciences complex, close to the Stauffer Library, the John Deutsch University Centre, and the recreation facilities of the Athletics and Recreation Centre. Adjacent department include Policy Studies, Industrial Relations, Economics, Sociology, Global Development Studies and Political Studies, as well as the Faculties of Business and Law.

Staff offices, seminar rooms, student study rooms, and project rooms are situated together, thereby fostering interaction among all members of the School. Usually, full-time students are provided with individual study spaces with direct connections to the internet for laptop and desktop computers. The School has a network printer, a scanner, and a wide variety of software for wordprocessing, Internet browsing, presentation graphics, spreadsheets, database management, advanced statistical analysis, computer aided design, and geographic information systems. For more complex projects students can access to the Department's GIS laboratory and a number of other campus computing centres. Every student office is directly connected to the Internet by the University's fibre-optic network and the University’s wireless network. The University also provides students with electronic mail accounts and personal web pages.

Stauffer Library has a substantial collection of government (including municipal) documents, maps and aerial photographs, atlases and economic and business texts and materials. Several digital databases and a digital map library are maintained at the Social Science Data Centre. The adjacent Engineering Library and the Law Library also contain planning texts and journals and are available for use by the School.

Financial Assistance Students in the School of Urban and Regional Planning are eligible, in competition with students in other schools and departments, for many scholarships, awards and bursaries available at Queen's. Specific information on these and other awards is available upon request. A successful internship program has been placing students in paid, professionally-related positions during the summer term.
Fields of Interest

The School offers a program of professional studies in the planning and development of cities and regions. It attempts to relate its academic activities to current public policy concerns and professional planning as well as management issues. Presently the research interests being pursued in the School include land use planning, real estate and land information management, environmental and infrastructure services, sustainable development, housing studies, urban redevelopment, neighbourhood planning, planning implementation, management and programming of human services, municipal finance,  metropolitan spatial structure, urban transportation, planning history, social planning, healthy communities, planning ethics, equity, cultural diversity, and studies of planning practice. Research and professional practice constitute significant elements of the School's academic program and students are fully involved in them.


Program of Study The program of study for the master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning (M.PL.) extends over two years. An internship in the spring/summer term between the two years is possible.

Also currently offered are combined degrees (BA/MPL; BSc/MPL) with other Queen's University programs including Civil Engineering, Geography and Health Studies. The current procedure is that first-class students are invited to apply to the accelerated pathway in their third year or in the first term of fourth year. These applications are reviewed by the admissions committee of SURP and qualified students are formally permitted to take MPL graduate courses as part of their undergraduate program. Please contact the School for further information.

The program provides a core of 24 credit units and an additional 24 credit units of electives or research, for a total of 48 credit units over a two-year period. Included in the core is one of the planning project courses (6.0 credit units), which should be related to the designated area of concentration. The core courses introduce theories and methods common to all fields of urban and regional planning. Almost all courses emphasize linking theory with action. Within the elective component of the program, each student will designate an area of concentration from the three specializations offered by the School, namely, i) Health and Social Planning, ii) Environmental Services, and iii) Land Use and Real Estate Development. Alternatively, a student also has the option of setting up a special area to pursue professional interests. In each case, the area of concentration will normally consist of at least 6.0 credit units, approved by the faculty advisor, from the offerings of the School or cognate disciplines, plus at least 3.0 credit units in methodology course modules. Beyond the area of concentration a student will have an opportunity to pursue other academic and professional interests, with the approval of the faculty advisor, through the remainder of the electives, which may include up to 6.0 credit units from the undergraduate 300 and 400 series.

The core courses are indicated by a (†). These have been arranged to form a coherent program of study appropriate to urban and regional planning. Students may also pursue a research project in considerable depth through the medium of a master's report or thesis. Both these projects are research-oriented, and their difference lies essentially in the degree of elaboration and evaluation required. A master's report is considered to be equivalent to 6.0 credit units and the thesis to 12.0 credit units.  Students who wish to pursue the report or thesis option must find a research supervisor prior to commencing the second year of the program and are required to successfully complete the SURP-800 Master’s Research Proposal module at the beginning of second year.

Students are required to maintain an average of 'B' at all times in their programs. All courses offered by the School are to be designated primary for which a passing grade is 'B-' (B minus). Only primary courses can be counted towards the minimum program requirement. Courses (graduate and undergraduate) from outside the School may be taken in fulfillment of program requirements, but these have to be approved by the advisor and designated as primary. For students who would like to take courses (graduate or undergraduate) outside the School to enhance their program over and above the minimum requirements, they can designate these elective courses as secondary. A maximum of two secondary courses is allowed, with the advisor's approval. A secondary course is considered passed with a 'D-' (D minus) grade, and an overall 'B' average must be maintained.

For further information on the School and its program visit our website at interested in doctoral studies with research topics in urban and regional planning should consult the Geography and Planning Ph.D. requirements in this calendar.

M.PL. Internship Program The M.PL. Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to combine academic studies with on-the-job experience. Students participating in the M.PL. Internship Program will normally complete a paid four-month placement with a government department or other organization, following the completion of at least two terms of study in the M.PL. Program. Students taking an internship position must register in SURP-893* Internship. Although the School cannot guarantee every student an internship placement, the School is committed to working with public sector and other employers to place students in appropriate learning environments.
Graduate Studies Programs of Study Urban and Regional Planning
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