Masters Program Performance

The following summary provides information related to educational outcomes of the SCARP masters program.

The integration of policy and planning research, professional education, and community service is central to SCARP’s mission. This integration is achieved cumulatively in the educational experience through core and elective courses, internships, professional development opportunities (e.g., annual student-organized symposium), and the masters project or thesis.

MCRP Program Fee

Installments per year: 3**
Minimum number of installments for program: 6

 Per Installment

Continuing Fee
(assessed after installment 6

 Canadian

2016S or later

2015W or earlier

 

$3,319.33

$3,319.33

 

$731.26

$731.26

 International

2016S or later

2015W or earlier

 

$6,559.19

$6,432.45

 

$2,811.98

$2,811.98

*Tuition for MAP/MScP program in 2016: $4,524.84/year (for Canadian students) or $7,949.40/year (for international students).
**Other student fees may apply.
Fees are posted in the UBC Academic Calendar

Student Achievement

Student achievement is measured by graduates’ satisfaction with their overall, integrated educational experience. Exit surveys of recent graduates (approx. 90% response rate each year) show this satisfaction to be very high: 

Graduating class

Percent of graduates considering
their overall education at SCARP
“good” to “excellent”

Fall 2011 ~ Spring 2012

91%

Fall 2012 ~ Spring 2013

97%

Fall 2013 ~ Spring 2014

93%

Fall 2014 ~ Spring 2015

95%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student achievement is also demonstrated through the masters professional project or thesis, which is a requirement of the program and an integrated, capstone experience. The project/thesis is assessed by the faculty supervisor and either a second reader (for projects), who is usually a practicing professional, or an examining committee (for theses). In the last 3 years (Fall 2012 ~ Spring 2015), 99% of graduates produced a project/thesis that met or exceeded the program’s expectations. (This is defined here as a grade of 80%, which at SCARP indicates “normal standing for graduate students,” or higher).

Student Retention and Graduation Rates

The retention rate for a masters program is the percentage of first year students who return the next academic year.
The graduation rate for a masters program is the percentage of students who graduate within 4 years of enrolling.

Academic   Year

Number
Enrolled

Retention
Rate

Graduated
within 4 years

Graduation
Rate

2008-2009

33

94%

28

85%

2009-2010

32

97%

30

94%

2010-2011

33

97%

31

94%

2011-2012

28

100%

24

86%

2012-2013

25

100%

22%

88%

2013-2014

36

97%

n/a

n/a

2014-2015

34

94%

n/a

n/a

Degrees Awarded

Twenty-nine masters degrees were granted in 2013-14, and 22 in 2014-15.

AICP Exam

To become a certified planner, members of the American Planning Association (APA) must meet certain education and experience requirements and pass the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Exam. The pass rate is the percentage of test takers who pass the examination within 3 years of graduating from a masters program.

Graduation Years

2008

2009

2010

2011*

2012*

2013

2014*

Number taking exam

0

0

1

n/a

n/a

1

n/a

Pass rate

n/a

n/a

100%

n/a

n/a

100%

n/a

*No graduate students took the AICP exam.

Employment Rate

The Employment Rate measures the percentage of SCARP graduates who obtain planning positions or elect to pursue an advanced degree within one year of graduation.

According to our most recent alumni survey (2012), 86% of SCARP masters graduates who sought employment were working in a professional planning or planning-related job within 1 year of graduation. Exit surveys of graduates from the last 3 years (Fall 2012 ~ Spring 2015) indicate that at the time of graduation, 43.5% of students had already accepted a planning-related job offer.