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**
(assessed after installment 6
2016S or later
2015W or earlier
2016S or later
2015W or earlier
*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 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:
Percent of graduates considering
Fall 2011 ~ Spring 2012
Fall 2012 ~ Spring 2013
Fall 2013 ~ Spring 2014
Fall 2014 ~ Spring 2015
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.
Twenty-nine masters degrees were granted in 2013-14, and 22 in 2014-15.
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.
Number taking exam
*No graduate students took the AICP exam.
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.