Program information

Department/School School of Planning
Faculty Faculty of Environment
Admit term(s)

Fall (September - December)

Application and document submission deadline(s)

January 15 (for admission in September)

Delivery mode On-campus
Program type Master's, Research
Length of program 24 months (full-time)
Registration option(s) Full-time, Part-time
Study option(s) Thesis, Master's Research Paper
Research field(s) - Graduate research fields are used to better define a student’s research concentration

Human and Built Environment

Physical/Natural Environment

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What does it take to get in?

Minimum admission requirements

  • A four-year honours bachelor degree (or equivalent), with a minimum overall average of 78%, from a recognized university; the undergraduate degree may be in planning or other fields relevant to planning including: architecture, biology, civil engineering, economics, forestry, geography, geology, landscape architecture, law, political science, sociology, or other resource disciplines or social sciences
  • The name of one or more School of Planning faculty member(s) who would be a suitable advisor


Application material

  • Resume/Curriculum vitae
  • Supplementary information form (SIF)
    • The SIF contains questions specific to your program, typically about why you want to enrol and your experience in that field. Review the application documents web page for more information about this requirement
    • If a statement or letter is required by your program, review the writing your personal statement resources for helpful tips and tricks on completion
  • 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
    • Three references are required, at least two academic
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable
    • TOEFL 100 (writing 26, speaking 26), IELTS 7.5 (writing 7.0, speaking 7.0)

How much will it cost?

What can you expect at Waterloo?

This program page is effective September 2023; it will be updated annually.  Any changes to the program page following this date will be indicated with a notation. 

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Program Contact

Tracey Beirness

519-888-4567 x48154