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    • Faculty of Architecture
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies

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    • Master of City Planning

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    Expected duration

    • 2 years

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    Program options

    • Mentorship program
    • Internships
    • Cooperative Education/Integrated Work program

Program details

Expected duration: 2 years

Tuition and fees: Two years tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)

The City Planning graduate program offers two streams to complete the degree – one concludes with a Capstone Project, the other a Thesis/Practicum. Five core courses are required of all students in the program, along with two courses from a roster of option courses. Students in the Capstone Stream are required to complete two electives; those in the Thesis/Practicum may take electives to support their particular research interests.


The City Planning program at the University of Manitoba is a recognized accredited program (2015-2020), which has met the standards of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP). Graduates are eligible for full membership status in the CIP after gaining relevant professional experience.Through a reciprocal agreement with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the AICP recognizes Canadian planning programs that have been approved by CIP.

Sample course offerings

  • CITY 7020: Planning Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • CITY 7070: Housing and Urban Revitalization (3 credit hours)
  • ARCG 7080: GIS for Planners (3 credit hours)
  • CITY 7310: Law and Local Governance (3 credit hours)
  • CITY 7340: Urban Development (3 credit hours)
  • CITY 7410: Planning Design 1—Neighbourhood Scale (6 credit hours)
  • CITY 7420: Planning Design 2—City/Region Scale (6 credit hours)
  • CITY 7430: Planning Design 3—Urban Design (6 credit hours)
  • CITY 7440: Planning Design 4—Indigenous (6 credit hours)
  • CITY 7460: Urban Ecology and Environmental Management (3 credit hours)
  • CITY 7470: Professional Planning Practice (3 credit hours)
  • ARCG 7080: Transportation and Urban Form (3 credit hours)

Faculty of Architecture’s Cooperative Education/Integrated Work program (Co-op/I) Graduate Option

Students must complete two 10-week work terms to have the Co-op/I option acknowledged on their graduation parchment. Each term requires submission of a written report and portfolio covering the work completed for the professional assignment. These are Occasional Courses, above and beyond graduate course requirements.

Admission requirements

To qualify for the Master of City Planning program, you must have a minimum of: 

  • A four year bachelor's degree from a university recognized by the Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • A satisfactory English language proficiency test score, if applicable. Test scores must meet the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) minimum requirements except for the following tests, which require higher scores than the FGS minimum:
    • IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 on the Academic Module
    • TOEFL (iBT): A minimum score of 94
    • TOEFL (Paper Based): A minimum score of 580

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

How to apply

Applications for the MCP program must be completed online and include several parts:

  • $100 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts and degree certificates
  • Current CV
  • Two letters of recommendation (must be requested from within the application)
  • Statement of intent
  • Statement of research interest (optional) 
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if required

Please read the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application instructions before beginning your application.

Application deadlines

Canadian and US applicants

Term Application deadline Apply
Winter 2022 August 1, 2021 Apply for Winter 2022 (Canada/US)
Fall 2022 January 15, 2022 Apply for Fall 2022 (Canada/US)

International applicants

Term Application deadline Apply
Fall 2022 December 1, 2021 Apply for Fall 2022 (International)

Winter applications are accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants must submit their online application with supporting documentation and application fee by the deadline date indicated. 

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Contact us

Admission and application inquiries

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 500 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Phone: 204-474-9377
Fax: 204-474-7553

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program inquiries

Faculty of Architecture
201 John A. Russell Building
84 Curry Place
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M6
Phone: 204-474-6578
Fax: 204-474-7532