Master of Planning Studies (MPS)

The Master of Planning Studies (MPS) program is a research-oriented graduate degree intended for highly qualified applicants who wish to conduct graduate thesis research in planning. The program consists of 15 credit hours of course work and a thesis. The program may be completed in 12 to 24 months of full-time study, or a longer period of time for part-time study (up to five years).

The curriculum includes compulsory and elective courses. The compulsory courses are PLAN 6505.03: Seminar: Theories, Ideas, Debates in Planning, and PLAN 8000.06: MPS Thesis Proposal. The student selects an additional six credit hours of elective courses based on the needs and interests of the graduate student to support the thesis research focus. One of the elective courses must be a graduate-level research methodology course chosen from the approved list of methodology courses or another methods course with the approval of the thesis supervisor and graduate coordinator.

Students select a thesis topic in consultation with the thesis supervisor. PLAN 9000.00: Master of Planning Studies Thesis is a requirement for the MPS degree. Students must complete a thesis to the satisfaction of the thesis supervisory committee and in accordance with the rules and procedures of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.