Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP)

This 24-month program is designed to continuously anticipate and respond to the world’s rapidly changing urban, regional, and global environments. Graduates from MCRP work in a wide range of exciting and influential jobs in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. In recent years, 95% of the graduates from the MCRP program have secured planning-related employment within one year of graduation.

MCRP is believed to be the only master’s degree in Planning accredited in both Canada (by the Professional Standards Board of the Canadian Institute of Planners) and the United States (by the Planning Accreditation Board of the American Planning Association). This dual accreditation, with its broader curriculum and employment eligibility, means graduates are qualified to work as planners in Canada, the U.S., and any other country that recognizes Canadian and American planning accreditation.

The program provides foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes that professional planners need to enter and succeed in the workplace. As a generalist program, its diploma does not specify a particular specialization or other distinction. However, students in the ICP concentration complete a modified set of general and ICP-specific requirements.

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The curriculum describes professional planning practice, the process and institutional arrangements for planning, planning’s ideological basis, and the role and ethical responsibility of planners.

The program also offers:

  • Opportunities for students with narrow disciplinary training to broaden their knowledge, in order to better assume responsibilities in planning and management
  • Opportunities for students with a generalist background to acquire greater disciplinary rigour in a planning-related topical area of their choice
  • Flexibility within a structured format to design a program of studies to satisfy individual needs
  • Formal coursework, studio experience, and internship alike

Program Structure

  • 42 credits in required courses, tailored to the evolving demands of the planning profession
  • 18 credits of elective courses you select based on interests and professional aspirations
  • A second-year 2-term studio course that integrates theories and methods covered throughout the curriculum into a single team-based project, with a real client or community group
  • Internship experience and mentorship opportunities with local planning practitioners


A concentration is a specific area of emphasis within the program. You are not required to declare a concentration; they are an optional tool to help you customize your school experience. Declaring a concentration will inform the types of classes you will take to fulfill the requirements for your degree. A concentration will also help inform potential employers about your specific area of interest and expertise.

SCARP's concentrations include Urban Design (UD) and Indigenous Community Planning (ICP). You may speak to your Faculty Advisor regarding the prospect of a custom concentration.

Course Requirements
Required Courses
PLAN 5083Foundations of Planning Theory and Historyxxx
PLAN 5092Urbanism as a Global Way of Lifexxx
PLAN 5102Environment and Sustainability Concepts for Planning Practicexxx
PLAN 5213Quantitative Skills for Plannersxxx
PLAN 5222Qualitative Data Collection and Analysisxxx
PLAN 5232The Profession of Planningxxx
PLAN 5242Legal Concepts for Professional Planningxxx
PLAN 5252Planning Practice Methodsxxx
PLAN 5266Selected Topics in Experiential Learning: The Planning Studioxxx
PLAN 5273Internshipxxx
PLAN 528A3Capstone Professional Report x x
PLAN 528B6Capstone Professional Report - Indigenous Community Planning x 
PLAN 5033Strategic Planning for Community Economic Development x 
PLAN 5173Theory and Methods of Urban Design  x
PLAN 5333Indigenous Community Planning: Ways of Being & Knowing x 
PLAN 5533Indigenous Law and Governance x 
PLAN 587A3Urban Design  x
PLAN 587B3Urban Design Studio  x
PLAN 5953Negotiation, Facilitation, and Mediation: Principle & Practices x 
TOTAL CREDITS (not including elective requirements):304542
Course Structure
General MCRP
Year 1 Term 1
Year 1 Term 2
Year 1 Summer
Year 2 Term 1
Year 2 Term 2
Year 2 Summer
PLAN 508PLAN 509PLAN 527PLAN 523PLAN528 (optional)PLAN 528A
PLAN 510PLAN 522 PLAN 526PLAN 526 (continued) 
PLAN 521PLAN 524    
PLAN 525     
ICP Concentration
Year 1 Term 1
Year 1 Term 2
Year 1 Summer
Year 2 Term 1
Year 2 Term 2
Year 2 Summer
PLAN 508PLAN 509PLAN 527APLAN 523  
PLAN 510PLAN 522 PLAN 526/PLAN528BPLAN 526/PLAN 528B 
PLAN 521PLAN 524 PLAN 503  
PLAN 525PLAN 553    
PLAN 533PLAN 595    
Urban Design Concentration

PLAN 508

PLAN 510PLAN 522PLAN 587BPLAN 526PLAN 526 (continued) 
PLAN 521PLAN 524    
PLAN 525PLAN 587A    
PLAN 517     
The Future of MCRP

SCARP is currently updating the core requirements of the MCRP program, in order to keep pace with a rapidly-changing world and the range of problems that planners are trying to solve. The updates we are making to the MCRP program have been shaped by SCARP faculty, students, and alumni along with the Canadian Institute of Planners and the American Planning Association, who have all weighed in on the knowledge, skills, and values that they think planning students need to learn in a master’s program.

The renewed program is meant to address some of the biggest problems facing society today, including climate change, systemic injustice, and planning for more resilient communities; as well as ongoing efforts to repair relationships with Indigenous people and decolonize planning in Canada. 

The revised program is currently undergoing a senate approvals process, and is projected to be implemented for the 2022/2023 academic year. Students enrolled in September 2021 will not be held to the revised requirements, and can proceed as per their established program plan.