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Master of Planning Program: Program of Study

There are two components to the program: course work and a report/thesis, augmented by a summer term of professional/research experience. This two-year multidisciplinary program provides two options: 12 courses plus a thesis, and 14 courses plus a report.

The course arrays are as follows: seven compulsory core courses (SURP 800, 812, 815, 817, 818, 819 and one of the compulsory project courses), three constrained elective courses in a designated area of concentration (including one methodological course, which is typically comprised of two independent skills modules), and two or four unconstrained electives depending on whether it is the thesis or report option. The summer between the first and second year is used in acquiring professional/research experience.

The School has a rigorous internship program, with placements at all three levels of government and in the civil society sector and the private sector, as well as internationally. The final requirement is a Master's report or thesis, which is an in-depth research on a planning topic.



(6 Courses + SURP-800 Module [Shown Below]) (All Required)

SURP-812 Qualitative Methods in Planning
SURP-815 Legal and Governmental Processes 
SURP-817 An Intellectual History of Urban and Regional Planning
SURP-818 Physical Planning 
SURP-819 Quantitative Methods
SURP-823824825, 826 or 827 Planning Projects. A project course related to area of concentration

Methodological Courses

Methodological Courses

(3 Modules = 1 Course) (Minimum Three Modules Required)

SURP-800 Research Proposal (Required Core)
SURP-801 Survey Research Methods
SURP-802 Advanced Qualitative Methods
SURP-803 Employment Analysis
SURP-804 Implementation
SURP-805 Negotiation
SURP-806 Population Forecasting
SURP-807808809810 Special Topic
SURP-830 Affordable Housing
SURP-831 International Urban Planning

Areas of Concentration

Areas of Concentration

(Foundation Course ++ and at least two courses in the designated area.)

Land Use and Real Estate Development

SURP-840 Land Use Planning ++
SURP-841 Real Estate Decision Making
SURP-842 Economics of Land Development and Planning 
SURP-844 Real Estate Planning and Development 
SURP-848 Community Design
SURP-849 Public-Private Partnerships for Urban Redevelopment
SURP-866 Urban Transportation Policy

Health and Social Planning

SURP-861 Healthy Community Planning
SURP-865 Urban Transportation and Health
SURP-870 Program Development for Human Services ++
SURP-871 Social Planning 
SURP-874 Housing Policy 
SURP-875 Community Practicum in Service Delivery

Environmental Services

SURP-851 Environmental Policy
SURP-853 Environmental Services++
SURP-855 Environmental Planning and Management
SURP-856 Environmental Assessment



(2 or 4 to be chosen from the following or from outside the School (as approved by advisor).)

SURP-816 Land Use Law♦
SURP-858 Heritage Conservation
SURP-881 GIS in Urban Planning
SURP-882 Land Development and Planning Using Computer Aided Design Software
SURP-883 Planning Practices in the Third World: Lessons for North America ♦
SURP-884886887 Functional Planning*
SURP-888 Advanced Social Planning and Programming*
SURP-889 Advanced Seminar in Regional Policy Analysis
SURP-890 Topics in Research Methods
SURP-891892 Directed Study in Advanced Aspects of Urban and Regional Planning*
SURP-893 Internship

SURP-898 Master's Report (= 2 Courses) or SURP-899 Master's Thesis (= 4 Courses)


+ Course offerings will vary from year to year.
* Offered typically as self-study/reading course.
+ + Foundation course in area of concentration.
♦ Not likely to be offered in the near future.