University of Calgary

Master of Planning (MPlan)

The Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) has over 35 years experience delivering an innovative, interdisciplinary, design-based, graduate planning program. Throughout its history, the EVDS planning program has provided its students with:

  • An understanding of the roles of sustainability, interdisciplinarity and design in developing innovative and workable solutions to current and future planning problems
  • Analytical, integrative, critical thinking and professional communication skills
  • An orientation to life-long learning and adaptation to varied planning contexts
  • Knowledge of the history and theory of human settlements and landscapes at the neighbourhood, community and regional scales
  • The knowledge and skill sets to successfully practice planning in a variety of community, metropolitan and regional settings
  • Expertise in diverse aspects of the planning field

The Master of Planning degree (MPlan) is a course-based degree program accredited by the Canadian Institute of Planners that combines a common core curriculum with the opportunity to specialize in one of three streams:

  • Regional and Environmental Planning
  • City and Community Planning
  • Urban Design and Development


Our Students

The MPlan program is intended for those wishing to pursue a professional career in planning. We attract well-prepared students from the region, the nation and a wide array of international locations. Graduates go on to assume professional planning roles in urban and rural municipalities, government agencies and private consultancies. Our graduates are highly valued for their interdisciplinary problem-solving skills and their strong grounding in sustainability issues.

Applications for the Fall 2015 class of the MPlan program will be accepted until January 15, 2015.

Visit our admissions page for more details.


The Master of Planning Program at the University of Calgary has now been granted full and unconditional accreditation by the Canadian Institute of Planners for the maximum possible period of five years.

Our new program was explicitly designed to satisfy the requirements of CIP accreditation, and we are working closely with the CIP and with the APPI Practice Review Committee to deliver a program that meets the requirements of the CIP and APPI regarding the skills and competencies expected of professional planners. 

Please refer to the Professional Standards Program for guidelines regarding program accreditation and individual certification.