Master of City Planning Program
Program and Registration

2018-2019 Curriculum Courses

Program Flow Chart - Thesis

Program Flow Chart - Capstone

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For Registration Inquiries after July 19, 2018 please contact:
Yvonne Halden at or 204-474-8769

(Schedules and courses are subject to change up to and including the first week of class.)


The City Planning program offers a strong grounding in planning. It is studio-based, and offers two options to complete the degree –a Capstone Project or a Thesis (see below for more details).  The program also coordinates a mentorship program with the Manitoba Professional Planners Institute, and most students find planning internships in summer of the first year.

Studio courses form the core of the curriculum. With a strong emphasis on collaborative practice and team work, these courses engage students in work with local partners in urban neighbourhoods and rural towns, with the Manitoba Capital Region, and with Indigenous communities in the province. Studios provide a venue to synthesize and put into action lessons learned in the program’s core, option and elective seminar courses. Conversely, the seminars provide opportunities to reflect on the experience gained in the field during studio projects. .

Five core courses are required of all students in the program. These provide foundations for understanding both the theory and practice of planning. Combined with the studios, these address many of the competencies required for professional certification by the Professional Standards Board.

Students are required to take two courses from a roster of option courses. These allow students to tailor the program to their interests.  In addition, students in the Capstone Stream are required to complete two electives; those in the Thesis stream may take electives to support their particular research interests.

Studios (18 credit hours)

Core Courses (15 credit hours)

Option Courses (6 credit hours)

Electives (6 credit hours required - Capstone students only)


Major Degree Project

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The program offers students the option of two streams to complete the degree – one concludes with a Capstone Project, the other a Thesis

CAPSTONE PROJECT (6 credit hours)
The Capstone Project allows students to undertake focused original research on a planning topic of their choosing. The goal of the project is to conduct in-depth research on an issue of importance for planning practice. As part of the Capstone, students will demonstrate the critical thinking, analysis, writing and presentation skills necessary for professional practice.

The Capstone Project is an independent piece of professional work. It may take the form of a professional report or an alternative format (e.g., design analysis, computer program, exhibition, evaluation tool, film). All alternative formats must be approved by your supervisor and be accompanied by written scholarly analysis.

The Capstone Project is completed within a 6 credit hour studio that spans the Fall and Winter Terms of Year 2.

THESIS (0 credit hours)
Like the Capstone Project, a thesis or practicum allows students to undertake focused original research on a planning topic of their choosing. While the goals are similar, the research expectations are higher for the thesis. These projects will typically be undertaken by students hoping to continue on the doctoral studies, students whose interests align with faculty interests and funding, or students working with communities that present complex issues.

Students completing the Thesis stream will work independently with their supervisory committee to undertake their research. Typically, students will compete their Thesis by the end of the Summer of their second year in the program.

Sample Curricula