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Admissions for Urban Development (MPl)

Ready to reimagine our communities? Diverse learning and research opportunities — together with a strong Ryerson community — equip you with the knowledge and experiences needed to pursue a rewarding career in practice, research and policy. Prepare to address urban culture and nature when designing for development.

Admission requirements

Ryerson’s Urban Development (MPl) program is challenging and intensive. We enroll approximately 35 students every year, selected from a highly competitive applicant pool.

To be considered for admission to Ryerson’s Master of Planning (MPl) in Urban Development, you must meet the minimum program requirements:

Two-year Regular Stream

A four-year honours bachelor's degree (or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study from a recognized university.

A significant majority of our students do not have a previous degree in urban planning.

All applicants are expected to have passed a university-level course in statistics.

 


 

One-year Accelerated Stream

A four or five-year accredited bachelor's degree in urban planning, or its equivalent, with a minimum GPA of 3.00/4.33 (B).

Planning degree holders must have planning experience of no less than two calendar years.

Applicants with a bachelor's degree (four- or five-year) in a related discipline (non-Planning degree) who show evidence of a significant number of years of relevant professional experience in planning will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

All applicants are expected to have passed a university-level course in statistics.

Application deadlines

Admissions for Ryerson's Master of Planning in Urban Development typically open in October.

Submit your application by the first consideration deadline to be guaranteed consideration for admission and scholarships.

We’ll notify first consideration applicants of admissions decisions in early March, and will notify all other applicants of an admissions decision on a rolling basis.

We will continue to accept applications until all available spots are filled.

Update: We are currently accepting applications. The deadline for first consideration is Monday, December 11, 2017. This includes both the OUAC application* and all supplementary documents.

*Please be aware that once you have completed the OUAC portion of the application, it can take up to five business days to receive the email containing instructions on how to create your Ryerson identity and upload your supplementary documents into the system.

Application process

At Ryerson, all graduate applications are submitted online. Visit Apply online to learn more about:

  • Submitting your application through OUAC
  • Uploading your documents
  • Monitoring your application
Required documents

As part of Ryerson’s application process, you are required to submit:

Statement of Interest (Two-year Regular Stream applicants)

Your statement of interest must not exceed three single-spaced pages. Please follow the requirements below.

1) Page one:

  • Heading: Compelling urban planning issues Reflect upon a compelling urban planning issue that has influenced your decision to apply to our graduate program.
  • Heading: Why I want to be a professional urban planner Reflect upon the professional practice of planning and tell us why you want to complete graduate studies in this particular profession.

2) Page two:

  • Heading: Why I want to study in the Ryerson Master of Urban Development program Review our required core courses. Next, review the biographies of our faculty members. Please tell us what it is about our courses and faculty members that led you to apply to our professional planning program. 
  • Heading: My capacity to tackle a new discipline Our master's program is a first professional degree program which means that we accept students from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines. It also means that all of you will be new to the study of planning in our challenging yet rewarding program. Please reflect upon your previous academic, professional and volunteer experiences and tell us what challenges you anticipate as a student in our professional planning program.

3) Page three:

  • Heading: Statistics requirement  Have you taken a university-level statistics course or a course in which a substantial portion of it was statistics? 
  • If yes, what was the course code and name? At which university did you take it? Include the calendar description and a website link to the course outline if possible. 
  • If no, will you take a university-level statistics course and complete it before joining our program? Which course do you intend on taking and when?
  • Heading: Experience with software Describe any experience you have working with the following software: Adobe Creative Suite (PDF maker, Photoshop, Illustrator), ArcMap, Illustrator and/or AutoCAD.
  • Heading: Teaching assistant experience Have you ever been a teaching assistant? If yes: When? For which courses? At what university?  

 


 

Statement of Interest (One-year Accelerated Stream applicants)

Your statement of interest must not exceed three single-spaced pages. Please follow the requirements below.

1) Page one:

  • Heading: My decision to return to school The decision to leave the workplace to return to full-time graduate study is a significant one. The program to which you are applying is an accredited professional planning program. Review the professional accreditation requirements for the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. Please reflect upon and comment on the eligibility of your previous experience for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners.

2) Page two:

  • Heading: Why I want to study in the Ryerson Master's of Urban Development program Review our required core courses. Next, review the biographies of our faculty members. Please tell us what it is about our courses and faculty members that led you to apply to our professional planning program.

3) Page three:

  • Heading: Statistics requirement Have you taken a university-level statistics course or a course in which a substantial portion of it was statistics?
  • If yes, what is the course code and name? At which university did you take it? Include the calendar description and a website link to the course outline if possible.
  • If no, will you take a university-level statistics course and complete it before joining our program? Which course do you intend on taking and when?
  • Heading: Experience with software Describe any experience you have working with the following software: Adobe Creative Suite (PDF maker, Photoshop, Illustrator), ArcMap, Illustrator and/or AutoCAD.
  • Heading: Teaching assistant experience Have you ever been a teaching assistant? If yes: When? For which courses? At what university?

 


 

Two letters of recommendation (applicants from both streams)

We require two academic recommendations from faculty members familiar with your academic performance. If needed, one of these recommendations may be submitted by a professional, non-academic referee.

Recommendation letters are a key component of your application. You should pay close attention to the selection of your referees. It is your responsibility to contact your referee to confirm their availability before providing their details on the application form.

Please advise your referees that you are applying to a very competitive graduate program that places heavy significance on the quality of the letters of recommendation.

Stronger letters of recommendation will address:

  • Your capacity to tackle a new discipline
  • Your ability to work independently and in teams
  • How your background has prepared you for a professional graduate program

Please note that we reserve the right to contact your referees at any stage during the application process.

 


 

Refer to the Document Checklist for more required documents. Find out how to submit your:

  • Reference letters
  • Application Submission Summary
  • Transcripts
  • English language proficiency (if applicable)
Finding a supervisor

The selection and assignment of your supervisor will take place when the topic of your Major Research Paper/Project (MRP) is determined (typically in your second year).

When you apply online, the OUAC site will ask you to identify a supervisor. This is not a mandatory field and you should leave it blank. 

Open house video

Urban Development (MPl) Open House: October 26, 2017

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