Accreditation officially recognizes educational institutions and professional programs for distinguished performance, integrity, and quality.  

SCARP’s Master of Community and Regional Planning program is proudly the only masters degree in planning accredited both in both Canada and the United States of America; by: 

  • The Planning Accreditation Board, which accredits planning programs across North America 
    (which also designated MCRP’s Indigenous Community Planning concentration “a noteworthy practice”); and
  • The Professional Standards Board for the planning profession in Canada

This dual accreditation, and the program’s broad curriculum and employment eligibility, means graduates are qualified to work as planners in Canada, the USA, or any other country that recognizes Canadian and American Planning accreditation  

SCARP benefits from a strong relationship with both institutes. This affiliation includes reciprocal institutional development, faculty membership, and student mentorship and professional resources.  

About the Institutes’ accreditation boards 

The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) is a non-profit professional accreditation agency jointly sponsored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), the American Planning Association (APA) and the APA’s professional institute the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). The Planning Accreditation Board’s mission is to ensure high quality education for future urban planners. 

The Professional Standards Board (PSB) for the Planning Profession in Canada (PSB) operates the “Certification and Accreditation Administrative Services Program” (CAASP) for the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and its participating member Provincial/Territorial Institutes and Associations (PTIAs). One of the PSB services is administering accreditation reviews of university planning degree programs based on the accreditation program principles, policies and administrative arrangements. 

As part of our accreditation standards with the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB), the school reports on some public information