Graduate Diploma (GDip) in Planning (direct entry)

The program information below is valid for the fall 2023 term (September 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023).

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  • Admit term(s) 
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Spring
  • Delivery mode 
    • Online
  • Program type 
    • Diploma
  • Registration option(s) 
    • Part-time
  • Study option(s) 
  • Minimum requirements 
    • An honours Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in an acceptable discipline, from a university of recognized standing, with at least a 78% average or equivalent for international applicants.
    • Two years of work experience in planning or a related field.
  • Application materials 
    • Résumé/Curriculum vitae
    • Supplementary information form
    • Transcript(s)
    • Writing sample
  • References 
    • Number of references:  3
    • Type of references: 

      references can be academic, professional, or a combination of the two. Professional referees need to have been the student’s direct supervisor in a paid or volunteer position, at least one in a planning‐related field. Academic referees should normally have taught the student in a senior undergraduate class or acted as a supervisor for a major research paper/thesis.

  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)

    Coursework option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • Students must complete 4 one‐term (0.50 unit weight) graduate level courses (or courses acceptable for graduate credit):
      • PLAN 700 Planning Paradigms and Theory
      • 3 elective one‐term courses taken from the following list or any other 600 or 700 level course, subject to approval by the Associate Director, Graduate Studies:
        • PLAN 705 Design in Planning
        • PLAN 706 Contemporary Issues in Planning
        • PLAN 625 Methods of Social Investigation for Planners
        • PLAN 704 Methods of Planning Analysis
    • Students must obtain a passing grade in all courses with a minimum overall average of no less than 70%.
  • Link(s) to courses