Measures of MCRP student achievement

As part of SCARP's accreditation with the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) for its Master of Community and Regional Planning program, and to celebrate student excellence and achievement in the MCRP program, we elaborate below on some of our MCRP students’ activities and learning outcomes, as well as other facts PAB needs to know to keep MCRP accredited across North America.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that the insights and potential for transformative change our students have learned goes far beyond the quantifiable. 

Narratives of student achievement

Awards earned by MCRP students during the 2019/2020 academic year 

Aboriginal Graduate Fellowships 2
Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's (CGS-M) - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)4
Lawrence R. Munroe Memorial Scholarship1
PIBC Graduate Scholarship in Planning1
Becky Tarbotton Memorial Scholarship1
Real Estate Foundation Award 1
American Institute of Certified Planners Prize1
Access Planning Scholarship 4
Bombardier Sustainable Transportation Fellowship2
CIP Student Award for Academic Excellence 1
William T. Lane Memorial Prize in Planning Law1
H. Peter Oberlander Medal and Prize 1
H. Peter Oberlander Scholarship in Community and Regional Planning1
School of Community and Regional Planning Scholarships 5



Student projects in service of the larger community 

Several MCRP courses go beyond the theoretical and apply student knowledge to real-world projects: problems that need solving in Metro Vancouver.  

In MCRP’s Planning Studio, students partner with local community, municipal, and private-sector organizations to identify problems and prepare formal proposals feasible solutions. SCARP MCRP’s most recent cohort presented the following proposals in service to their respective partner organizations: 

  • “A Resilient Future for All” 
  • “Climate Tools for BC Local Governments” 
  • “Equity in Zoning” 
  • “Ethical Space for Indigenous-Non-Indigenous Partnerships” 
  • “Homelessness Action Strategy” 
  • “Infill Housing Vision” 
  • “Moving Beyond the Car” 
  • “Retrofitting Suburbia” 

Tuition and fees

Current details regarding tuition/fees, domestic and international

Retention and Graduation

Percentage of students who began studies in fall 2020 and continued into fall 2021100%
Percentage of students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2017 99%
Number of degrees awarded for 2021-2022 Academic Year[TBD]

Graduation and beyond

CohortGraduated after 2 yearsEmployed in planning-related position
within 1 year of graduation

Professional Planning registration

Percentage of master’s graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 years who pass, graduating class of 2017: 67%  
*Note: the majority of students obtain certification through the Canadian Institute of Planning (CIP).  

Because the majority of SCARP alumni practice in Canada, they seek professional designations with PIBC and CIP (Registered Professional Planner (RPP) and Member Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP) titles). The table below shows the number of graduate students who are fully certified by PIBC and CIP, and those who are on the path to receiving their certification (pre-candidate/candidate stage). See this link for the PIBC designation process. 

Master's program graduates who are PIBC/CIP certified members or achieved candidacy

CIP certified member34--
PIBC certified member34--
PIBC non-practicing certified1---
PIBC candidate56912
PIBC pre-candidate---1