The program information below was valid for the fall 2016 term (September 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016). This is the archived version; the most up-to-date program information is available through the current Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.

The Graduate Studies Academic Calendar is updated 3 times per year, at the start of each academic term (January 1, May 1, September 1). Graduate Studies Academic Calendars from previous terms can be found in the archives.

Fields (areas of research)

  • Human and Built Environment
  • Physical/Natural Environment
  • Admit term(s) 
    • Fall
  • Delivery mode 
    • On-campus
  • Length of program 
    • Full-time: 4 years - 12 terms
    • Part-time: 6 years - 18 terms
  • Program type 
    • Doctoral
    • Research
  • Registration option(s) 
    • Full-time
    • Part-time
  • Study option(s) 
  • Minimum requirements 
    • A master's degree with excellent standing (minimum 80%) from a recognized university. Evidence of ability to pursue independent research is essential.
  • Application materials 
    • Résumé
    • Supplementary information form
    • Transcript(s)
      • Two official academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution.
    • Writing sample
      • At least one substantial example of work completed during the last two years of academic study. Students with professional experience may submit a professional report of which they were sole or senior author.
  • References 
    • Number of references:  3
    • Type of references: 

      at least 2 academic.

  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)

    Thesis option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • 2 700‐level required one‐term courses for a total of 1.00 units:
      • PLAN 700 Planning Paradigms and Theory
      • PLAN 710 Research Design
    • 2 800‐level required one‐term courses for a total of 1.00 units:
      • PLAN 801 PhD Research Forum 1
      • PLAN 802 PhD Research Forum 2
    • Student's advisory committee may require up to 2 additional one‐term graduate level courses if necessary for research area.
  • Link(s) to courses
  • PhD Comprehensive Examination
    • The comprehensive exam is normally taken between the 13th and 16th month of the program. The examination focuses on three issues:
      • Knowledge of fundamental concepts and theories of planning and of the specific research topic area.
      • Broad knowledge of relevant research methods.
      • The capacity to generate an important research question and to apply appropriate theories and methods to it.
  • PhD Research Plan
    • An oral presentation must be completed in April of 2nd year.
  • PhD Thesis