2014 MAP/MScP Program Information

NOTE: This information is for students currently enrolled in this program who were admitted in 2014 or earlier.

The MAP/MScP Masters Degree requires the completion of sixty (60) credits of course work (the equivalent of 16 one-term courses plus an academically oriented thesis or 18 one-term courses plus a professionally oriented project). The program generally takes 24-36 months to complete.

CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS

  Plan 502 (3) Planning Theory – 3 credits
  Plan 506 (3) The Legal Context of Planning – 3 credits
  Plan 515 (3) Data for Planning Practice – 3 credits
  Plan 540 (3) Planning Project – 3 credits
  Plan 548E (1) Current Issues in Planning: Research Design and Quantitative Data Collection – 1 credit
  Plan 548I (1) Current Issues in Planning: Quantitative Tools for Planners – 1 credit
All students must also take ONE of the following Quantitative Courses:
  Plan 548G (1) Current Issues in Planning: Introductory Quantitative Data Analysis – 1 credit
- required for students without previous Quantitative Methods
  Plan 548H (1) Current Issues in Planning: Intermediate Quantitative Data Analysis – 1 credit
- required for students with previous Quantitative Methods
Choose and register in one of the following options by May 31st
– The Research Supervisor form is due in the SCARP office by Sept 30th:
 

Plan 549 (12) Master's Thesis

OR

Plan 547 (6) Professional Project Report – plus 6 extra credits.

Students must register in Plan 549 or Plan 547 at the beginning of their second year in the program and on a continuing basis throughout the remainder of the program.

  Plan 548T Current Issues in Planning: Indigenous Community Planning Field Studio (Cook) – 6 credits
- required for ICP students in 2nd year

DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS

All students are required to select at least one course from four out of the five dimensions of planning knowledge listed below:

 
 

DIMENSION 1: ECOLOGY, RISK AND LAND USE

Plan 504 (3) The Ecological Context of Planning

Plan 548K (3) Current Issues in Planning: Planning for Disaster- Resilient Communities

Plan 590 (3) Public Policy and Urban Planning

Plan 597 (3) Planning for Water Resources Management

 

DIMENSION 2: TRANSPORTATION PLANNING & URBAN DESIGN

Plan 517 (3) Theory and Methods of Urban Design
(required for Urban Design Students)

Plan 579 (3) Public Health, Transportation & the Built Environment

Plan 580 (3) Urban Transportation Planning

Plan 587 (3) Urban Design
(required for Urban Design Students)

 

DIMENSION 3: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL PLANNING

Plan 538 (3) Cross-Cultural Planning
(required for ICP students)

Plan 545 (3) Planning Studies Abroad

Plan 548B (3) Current Issues in Planning: Social Learning Studio

Plan 548C (3) Current Issues in Planning: Housing As If People Mattered. Social factors in the design of medium-density family housing

Plan 548P (3) Current Issues in Planning: Indigenous Community Planning
(required for ICP students)

Plan 548W (3) Current Issues in Planning: Quality Proposals and Projects: Working effectively with non-profit agencies

Plan 548Z (3) Current Issues in Planning: Urban Food Systems Policy & Planning

Plan 583 (3) Housing and Community Planning

 

DIMENSION 4: COMPARATIVE INTERNATIONAL AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT PLANNING

Plan 503 (3) Strategic Planning for Community Economic Development
(required for ICP students)

Plan 542 (3) Practical Practice: City Planning as a Craft

Plan 572 (3) Project and Program Design in Development Asian Countries

Plan 573 (3) Shelter and Services in Developing Countries

 

DIMENSION 5: PLANNING PROCESSES & ANALYSIS

Plan 548M (3) Current Issues in Planning: Strategic Planning

Plan 548Q (3) Current Issues in Planning: Indigenous Law & Governance
(required for ICP students)

Plan 561 (3) Seminar in Real Property Development and Planning

Plan 590 (3) Public Policy and Urban Planning

Plan 595 (3) Planning and Negotiation in Natural Resources Management

 

ELECTIVE COURSES

Students select their electives with the advice of their Program Advisor subject to the constraints listed below. The courses may be in the School, other UBC departments or at other universities in B.C. and Alberta through the Western Deans' Agreement .

There are opportunities for electing:

  • PLAN 550 - Directed Studies (maximum 6 credits during the program),
  • PLAN 519 - Internship (maximum of two 3-credit internships during the program). The second internship must be with a different agency from the first. The student must receive special permission from the Program Chair to take the second internship. Please see course outline for details.
  • PLAN 545 - Planning Studies Abroad (maximum 6 credits during the program),

Students may also take non-planning courses (maximum 12 credits during the program, including up to 6 credits of third or fourth year undergraduate courses that are relevant to the SCARP degree) as part of their 60-credit program. Students must receive permission from their program advisor/research supervisor (sign program record form) before registering for a non-planning course.

SELECTING RESEARCH SUPERVISORS

Students will be encouraged to identify the SCARP Faculty Research Supervisor for their Project or Thesis research as early as possible in their program so that they may select their courses and utilize the summer term to greatest advantage. All students will be required to have obtained the written agreement of a Research Supervisor by September 30th of their second year in the program.

AUDITING COURSES

Masters students may audit courses by completing a Registration/Change of Registration form (available on FoGS website) during the first week of classes and submitting it to the Graduate Program Advisor (Masters) at the SCARP office.

Students are expected to complete all course requirements except the final exam, and may be given Fail (F) standing if their performance and attendance is not satisfactory. An auditor may not transfer to the category of regular student during the term nor may a regular student transfer to the category of auditor except upon the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Students taking a combination of credit and audit courses will be subject to restrictions on maximum workload interpreted by SCARP faculty program advisors.

NON-PLANNING COURSES AND EXTERNAL COURSES

Masters students may receive up to twelve credits for courses offered by other departments at UBC or at other Western universities (e.g., SFU, UVIC) as part of the Western Deans' Agreement. This includes up to six credits of third or fourth year undergraduate courses (for audit or credit) provided they are directly related to the student's graduate program.

Prior to registration in a non-planning course or an external course, students must obtain approval from their Program Advisors or their Research Supervisors. Program Advisors or Research Supervisors must approve all such registrations using the student's Program Record form. It is recommended that students also provide calendar descriptions and any other additional information such as course syllabi that will assist faculty during the approval process. Other departments may have additional procedures so students should be sure to check with individual course instructors.

Where required students are responsible for preparing a Western Deans' Agreement form and obtaining signatures including the signature of the Chair of the SCARP Masters Program.The Western Deans' Agreement must be submitted to the SCARP office at least six weeks before the course start date. Forms are available at www.grad.ubc.ca/forms. Students must also provide the university course description, written statement of the course relevance to their programs, and any other additional information that will assist faculty during the approval process. After completing the course, the student must submit an official transcript to the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies, UBC.

 

ARCHIVED PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

FOR MASTERS STUDENTS WHO ENTERED IN 2014

FOR MASTERS STUDENTS WHO ENTERED IN 2013

FOR MASTERS STUDENTS WHO ENTERED IN 2012

FOR MASTERS STUDENTS WHO ENTERED IN 2010

FOR MASTERS STUDENTS WHO ENTERED IN 2009

FOR MASTERS STUDENTS WHO ENTERED IN 2008