The Master of Planning (MPlan) and Graduate Diploma in Planning (GDip) are designed to fit into your busy schedule. Get a practice-oriented and conceptually-rigorous planning education from one of Canada's leading universities. If you're a professional with experience in planning, you can count your courses toward your continuous professional learning requirements.
- A graduate degree from Canada's most innovative university
- Fully online, which means you don't have to stop working, relocate, or commute to earn your graduate degree
- Graduate education helps current professional planners attain career advancement opportunities in senior planning and management positions
- Skills upgrading; courses cover contemporary trends, methods, and practices in planning and related fields such as health, demography, and environmental management
Our courses are designed by core faculty members, several of them Registered Professional Planners, who are all conducting cutting-edge research in planning and related areas.
Please see the student profiles page for students' first-hand accounts of their experiences in the programs.
About the School and the University
Admit Term and Application Deadlines
Students may begin the MPlan or GDip program in fall, winter, or spring term. Application deadlines are as follows:
Note: Late applications may be considered; please contact the department.
To apply, please see the Online Graduate Studies website.
Duration and Tuition
Both the MPlan and GDip programs are offered on a part-time basis only; students may take a maximum of two courses per term. Tuition fees for both programs are standard part-time tuition fees. Both the MPlan and GDip programs require continuous enrolment for all three terms per year (fall, winter, and spring). The duration of the MPlan program is 3.3 years or 10 terms of enrolment, if taking one course per term. The program can be completed in a minimum of five terms, if taking two courses per term. The duration of the GDip program is 1.3 years or one course per term for four terms. If taking two courses per term, the GDip can be completed in two terms.
10 terms of part-time
4 terms of part-time enrolment
- A four-year honours bachelor degree with a minimum overall average of 78%
- Two years of planning or planning-related work experience
Online Learning @ UWaterloo
The University of Waterloo uses the course management system LEARN to deliver online courses. For more about the online course experience, including a demonstration video, please see the Online Graduate Studies website.
Applicants to the MPlan or GDip program are expected to have prior professional experience in planning. Unlike our MA and MES programs, the MPlan and GDip programs are not accredited by the Professional Standards Board (PSB) for the Planning Profession in Canada.
All of the School's programs and courses provide students with the skills and perspectives necessary for successful careers in planning and related fields.
For further information, please consult the graduate studies calendar.
Graduate Program Administrator
School of Planning