Admissions
APPLICATION DEADLINES:

For Admission in September
The deadline for applications by Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents and International applicants is 15 January of the same year.

For Admission in January
The deadline for applications by Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents is 1 September of the preceding year but these applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Department with regards to January admission.

ELECTRONIC APPLICATION AND ADMISSION PROCESS:

Applicants to the graduate program in the City of Planning are not required to contact a faculty member prior to the admissions process. However, faculty members are usually available by email to answer questions about the program or their specific areas of research. After acceptance into the program successful applicants will be placed with academic faculty member(s) in the department who will work with you throughout the graduate program.

All students who are offered admission will be required to confirm their acceptance to finalize the admission process. The Master of City Planning program students will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit on their tuition fees.  You will receive more information regarding deposits, documentation due dates, and details on how to confirm the acceptance of your offer with your formal offer of admission.

Application instructions and electronic forms can be found at the Faculty of Graduate Studies admissions webpage: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admissions/index.html

The required documents should be uploaded prior to the submission of an application. These documents are:
• Post-Secondary Institution Transcripts
• CV/Resume
• Statement of General Interest
• English Language Test Score (if required)

** Statement of Specific Research Interest(s) Highly recommended
All of the above documents must be submitted by the application deadline date. Any incomplete applications after the application deadline date will not be considered.

STEP-BY-STEP APPLICATION PROCESS:

1. Completed application online through the Faculty of Graduate Studies Website.

2.  Transcripts are required from ALL recognized, post-secondary institutions attended, no matter whether a degree has been awarded or not. For initial assessment purposes only, unofficial transcripts (uploaded to your UMGradConnect application) are acceptable and preferred. Official transcripts will only be required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies if you are recommended for admission. To be considered official, transcripts must arrive in envelopes that have been sealed and endorsed (stamped across the back flap) by the Main Records Office of the issuing institution. In cases where the transcript does /will not clearly state that a degree has been conferred and when it was awarded, a copy of the final degree certificate is required to accompany the transcript.

Please note that official University of Manitoba transcripts are not required. If you have access to your Aurora Student account you should upload a web transcript. If not, an FGS Admissions Assistant will add a copy of your transcript to your file for you.

If the transcript is issued in a language other than English (and is not from a Canadian institution) the applicant must arrange for the submission of official literal translations of all records. The original language documents and the English translations must arrive together in an envelope that has been sealed and endorsed (stamped across the back flap) by the issuing institutions. All academic documents must arrive directly from the main records office (e.g., the Registrar, Controller of Examinations, Archives, etc.) of the issuing institution in order to be considered "official.

All applicants require a four-year undergraduate degree (120 credit hours) and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in the last two years (60 credit hours). A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained as a condition for continuation (with a minimum of C+ in each course included in the student's program of study). Need help with assessment please go to Application Assessment Procedures

3. Resume, including relevant biographical facts, volunteer work and travel history, etc.

4. A written statement of general interest is required of all applicants, whatever the admission date. Applicants also have the option, and are strongly encouraged, to provide a separate statement of research interest; this is especially important for those applying to begin their program in January. Guidance on each form of statement is provided here.

5. A minimum of two letters of recommendation required. Please read the online process carefully. Referees will be contacted directly by email through the online admissions portal when the applicant has provided the referees email on the online application.  Referees can complete an online document as well as upload a separate reference letter.

6. Name changes/differences on any documentation must be supported with official evidence.

7. A copy of your birth certificate or passport (once admitted)

8. Non-Canadian students whose first language is not English must submit evidence of proficiency in English when making an admission application. The following tests are recognized by the Faculty of Graduate Studies (minimum score required is indicated in parentheses). English Language Exemption List
•University of Michigan English Language Examination Assessment Battery (80%)
•Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL scores: 580 paper-based, 237 computer-based, 94 web-based)
•International English Language Testing System (minimum score of band 7.0)
•Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Teachers CanTEST (band 4.5 in listening and reading, and band 4.0 in writing and oral review)
•In cases where the above tests are clearly not available, other documented evidence of English proficiency will be considered.

Note: All foreign language students may be required to complete a CanTEST prior to the 1st semester. This test is not used for screening but is solely to provide the department and student with information for possible placement in English Language Training Courses.

For any further program information please contact the City Planning program at
cityplanning@umanitoba.ca