Program information

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

Fall (September - December)

Winter (January - April)

Spring (May - August)

Application and document submission deadline(s)

May 1 (for admission in September)

June 1 (for admission in January of the following year)

October 1 (for admission in May of the following year)

Delivery mode Online
Program type Master's, Professional
Length of program 36 months
Registration option(s) Part-time
Study option(s) Coursework

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What does it take to get in?

Minimum admission requirements

  • A four-year honours bachelor degree with a minimum overall average of 78%
  • Two years of planning or planning-related work experience

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. 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
  • 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