How to apply

Application deadline

Typically applications should be received by February 1st each year for September entry.

Application process

For more information about the admission requirements or the application process, please visit the Discover Graduate Studies website. You will be asked to include keywords and a potential supervisor in your application. For more information, please visit our research areas web page.

International Students

The School of Planning welcomes and encourages applications from international students. International applicants must follow the procedures and regulations required for all applicants to the School of Planning.

If your first language is not English, a minimum score of 600 (100 on the computerized version) is required on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with 4.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE). Other test scores may be acceptable. The University of Waterloo recognizes English as the official language of instruction in some countries and specifically named institutions, and makes English Language Proficiency exemptions for these countries and institutions. For a complete list, please visit the Discover Graduate Studies exemptions web page.

International applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the Graduate Studies Office's International students web page for information regarding funding, costs, living in Canada, and admission requirements broken down by country.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Arts (MA), Master of Environmental Studies (MES), and PhD programs is normally in September; admission to the Master of Planning (MPlan) and Graduate Diploma in Planning (GDip) is in September, January, and May; admission requirements are:

MA/MES

A four-year honours bachelor degree (or equivalent) with a minimum overall average of B+ (78%) from a recognized university. The undergraduate degree may be in planning or other fields relevant to planning including: architecture, biology, civil engineering, economics, environmental studies, forestry, geography, geology, landscape architecture, law, political science, sociology, urban studies, or other resource disciplines or social sciences. For a list of all application and degree requirements, please see the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.

MPlan

A four-year honours bachelor degree with a minimum overall average of B+ (78%); two years planning related work experience; or two years worth of combined work experience and planning related experience obtained by being a volunteer, intern or equivalent position. For a list of all application and degree requirements, please see the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.

PhD

A master's degree with excellent standing from a recognized university. The minimum entrance average is 80%, although most of our admitted students will have attained higher academic standing. Evidence of ability to pursue independent research is essential. For a list of all application and degree requirements, please see the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.

GDip

A four-year honours bachelor degree with a minimum overall average of B+ (78%); two years planning related work experience; or two years worth of combined work experience and planning related experience obtained by being a volunteer, intern or equivalent position; or, registered in a program at another university that is part of a dual degree program with the MPlan degree program. For a list of all application and degree requirements, please see the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.

Full-time or part-time studies

The MA/MES/PhD programs are available on a full-time or part-time basis, or a combination. The MPlan and GDip programs are offered part-time only. See programs for additional information.


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