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Planning

Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.C.R.P., M.A.P., M.Sc.P.

Members

Professors

S. E. Chang, L. D. Frank, P. C. Gurstein, T. Hutton, T. McDaniels, L. Sandercock.

Professors Emeriti

P. Boothroyd, A. H. J. Dorcey, V.S. Pendakur, W. E. Rees, M.Y. Seelig.

Associate Professors

L.C. Angeles, M. Leaf, M. Senbel, M. Stevens.

Assistant Professors

A. Bigazzi, J. Honey-Rosés, M. Tran.

Program Overview

The School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), a unit within the Faculty of Applied Science, was created in 1952 and has one of the largest planning programs in Canada. The School's mission is to advance the transition to sustainability through excellence in integrated policy and planning research, professional education, and community service. We emphasize an integrated approach to planning that encompasses urban policy and community development, international development, environmental and natural resources, urban design, and planning processes and methods. The School’s professional master’s degree, the MCRP, is recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

SCARP's research arm, the Centre for Human Settlements, through its faculty associates is involved in a variety of planning research projects focusing on urban development issues in North and South America and Asia. Four SCARP faculty members have cross-appointments in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability; School of Population and Public Health; the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice; and the Department of Civil Engineering.

Full details are available at the School of Regional and Community Planning.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

The School offers a Ph.D. program for advanced study and research in the areas of its competence. Applicants for admission must have a master's degree in planning, or its equivalent, with high academic standing. To ascertain the School's ability to fulfill potential students' objectives, a statement of about 1000 words is required describing their research interests and objectives which should be submitted at least one month before the application deadline.

Transfer from the Master's to the Ph.D. program is permitted under regulations set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

For more information, visit the School of Community and Regional Planning.

Program Requirements

The Ph.D. is primarily a research degree, so that students should enter with a strong background in their field of study. After two years of coursework and examinations, candidates devote their efforts toward dissertation research.

All doctoral students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

Master of Community and Regional Planning

The School of Community and Regional Planning's (SCARP) professional master’s program, the Master of Community and Regional Planning (M.C.R.P.), prepares students to be practicing planners in a rapidly changing and urbanizing world. Cumulative program requirements provide students with real world experience and prepare them for entry into a wide variety of planning jobs. The curriculum features a strong core sequence of courses tailored to the evolving demands of the profession. Students additionally undertake concentrated study through a sequence of courses customized for their interests and professional aspirations. The program culminates in a studio that integrates theories and methods covered throughout the curriculum into a single team-based project with a real or simulated client or community group. All students complete a capstone project on a topic of their own choosing in consultation with their advisor.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet the admission requirements of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. English language proficiency standards, including TOEFL and GRE requirements are listed under English Language Proficiency Standards and GRE Requirements.

In addition to meeting the University’s academic standards for admission, SCARP requires that students submit a 500-word statement outlining their specific interests as well as providing information on their professional experience and community involvement. The SCARP Admissions Committee oversees the admissions process to the School.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit will be granted in accordance with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies policy on Transfer Credit.

Program Requirements

The total program credit requirement is 48 credits, including 18 credits of required courses that incorporate accreditation performance criteria and essential background for planning. These are:

PLAN 508 (3) Foundations of Planning Theory and History
PLAN 509 (2) Urbanism as a Global Way of Life
PLAN 510 (2) Environment and Sustainability Concepts for Planning Practice
PLAN 521 (3) Quantitative Skills for Planners
PLAN 522 (2) Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis
PLAN 523 (2) The Profession of Planning
PLAN 524 (2) Legal Concepts for Professional Planning
PLAN 525 (2) Planning Practice Methods

In addition, each student is required to complete a capstone project (PLAN 528) for 3 or 6 credits, a 6-credit studio (PLAN 526) and a 3-credit internship (PLAN 527). For the remaining 12 credits, students can choose courses tailored to their interests through consultation with an advisor, or they can choose between one of two pre-determined concentrations: Urban Design or Indigenous Community Planning.

Visit the School of Community and Regional Planning for information on Academic Regulations.

Master of Arts in Planning

Note: The Master of Arts in Planning program is not accepting applications for admission to the 2016 Winter Session (September 2016). Applications will reopen for admission to the 2017 Winter Session (September 2017).

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

In addition to meeting the University’s academic standards for admission, SCARP requires that students applying to the M.A.P. submit a proposed thesis topic and samples of their academic research and writing. (Applicants interested in the program are encouraged to contact individual faculty members to discuss their goals and proposed research topic area in advance of the application deadline.) These submissions are used together with letters of reference to make an overall assessment of a student’s appropriateness for the program, to determine if the student’s interests are compatible with SCARP faculty areas of interest and expertise, and to select each student’s program advisor. The SCARP Admissions Committee oversees the admissions process to the School.

Program Requirements

The M.A.P. degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 34 credits including a 12-credit thesis, over twelve to eighteen months.

Students in the Master of Arts in Planning program will have a Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree (or equivalent), and must complete PLAN 558, PLAN 559, and PLAN 560 and at least one 3-credit course in qualitative methods for research in another UBC department. The course must be approved by the faculty advisor.

Master of Science in Planning

Note: The Master of Science in Planning program is not accepting applications for admission to the 2016 Winter Session (September 2016). Applications will reopen for admission to the 2017 Winter Session (September 2017).

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

In addition to meeting the University’s academic standards for admission, SCARP requires that students applying to the M.Sc.P. submit a proposed thesis topic and samples of their academic research and writing. (Applicants interested in the program are encouraged to contact individual faculty members to discuss their goals and proposed research topic area in advance of the application deadline.) These submissions are used together with letters of reference to make an overall assessment of a student’s appropriateness for the program, to determine if the student’s interests are compatible with SCARP faculty areas of interest and expertise, and to select each student’s program advisor. The SCARP Admissions Committee oversees the admissions process to the School.

Program Requirements

The M.Sc.P. degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 34 credits and a thesis, over twelve to eighteen months.

Students in the Master of Science in Planning program will have a Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree (or equivalent), and must complete PLAN 558, PLAN 559, and PLAN 560 and at least one 3-credit course in quantitative methods for research in another UBC department. The course must be approved by the faculty advisor.

Contact Information

School of Community and Regional Planning
433-6333 Memorial Road
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2
Tel: 604.822.4422
Email: grad.scarp@ubc.ca
Web: www.scarp.ubc.ca

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