Research Masters (MAP/MScP)

As you decide which path is right for you, it's fair to ask:

Why Planning and why SCARP
Why a Research-based Masters?

It opens so many paths.

SCARP's Research Masters degree is for you if any of the following rings true:

  • You're interested in progressing to Doctoral research
  • You're a mid-career professional who can’t commit to a PhD full time schedule right now
  • You're building your professional platform for high-level planning and public-policy work
  • You're seeking new insights, a broader lens, and honed skills in the field of Planning

If you want your research to ask today's big questions, you've come to the right place.

Today, many established assumptions of how to build and plan communities are being transformed and made more equitable, inclusive, and flourishing. 

Immerse yourself in the insights and challenges of planning on your own terms. With the support of a flexible curriculum, open yourself up to your own research vision with all the tools, support, and expertise of UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning.  

With the freedom to undertake a regimen of SCARP and other UBC courses, bridge the gap between disciplines to truly become a transdisciplinary expert in any number of today’s most pressing Planning challenges, from building healthy communities to planning equitable urban design.   

A few words from our graduates

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Savonnaé Street, grad 2023

First job after graduation: Planning Technician

"SCARP’s Research Masters program was the perfect next step in my academic journey. SCARP cultivated my research and communication skills, and opened doors to academic, personal, and professional opportunities. SCARP was life-changing, as a researcher and an individual."

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Christine Nesbitt, grad 2019

First job after graduating: Planning Assistant

"I completed a BA Honours in geography, and I wanted to combine that with my Olympic experience and get my hands dirty as I move forward in a new direction. Planning is so multidisciplinary: I have developed hands-on, theoretical, and research skills that allow me to meaningfully contribute in many different fields. I'm building an integrated and wholistic approach to problem solving, whereas in another field, I would likely be more siloed."

This strong and robust degree program is designed to provide an especially rich theoretical understanding of complex issues in city and community planning, environmental planning, and international development planning, as well as intensive study of instructive case studies.

It's completed within 24 months, incorporating a selection of course work (including a theory course and thesis workshop), and a thesis prepared with the guidance of a supervisor and second committee member. Successful applicants will work closely with a faculty supervisor, who should be identified in your application. 

Please review all information on requirements before you proceed here.

Complete pre-application: November 30
Application open: December 15
Application closes: February 1
Referee deadline: February 10

Please contact the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for any of these inquiries: 

  • Application fees
  • Online application problems
  • Minimum academic requirements
  • Transcript requirements
  • Translations of transcripts
  • Letters of Reference

Pre-applications will open later in the fall. Stay tuned!

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