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Urban Development (MPI)

Program Overview

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: Master of Planning

This fully accredited program combines holistic examination and analysis of economic, socio-cultural, political, ecological and spatial elements in reimagining our communities structured around the intertwined dimensions of urban culture and nature. Students explicitly address the principles of inclusivity and sustainability in designing for development.

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Samantha Biglieri

At a Glance

MPI

  • Completion of a four-year undergraduate (or equivalent) degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study
  • Statement of interest
  • Resumé/CV
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency requirement

More information on admission requirements. Due to the competitive nature of our programs, it is not possible to offer admission to everyone who applies that meets the minimum entrance requirements for the program. 

Program specific requirements

Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to the first consideration date to increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies. Applications received after the first consideration date will be accepted and reviewed based on spaces remaining in the program.

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For detailed graduate tuition and fees information please visit Fees by Program.

For information on scholarships, awards and financing your graduate studies visit Financing Your Studies.

  • Active Transportation
  • Brownfields
  • Civic Technology
  • Climate Change
  • Ecological Design
  • Employment Lands
  • Ethnocultural Diversity
  • Housing Affordability
  • Municipal Finance
  • Urban Design

Graduate Admissions 

Admissions information and how to apply

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Email: grdadmit@ryerson.ca

For information specific to programs, please see the program contact information below.

Program Contacts

Nina-Marie Lister
Graduate Program Director
BA Hons, MScPI, MCIP, RPP, Hon. ASLA
Research areas: Landscape and ecological design, urban parks and natural heritage systems, landscape infrastructure, design for resilience, complex socio-ecological systems design, large-scale wild landscapes
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 6769
Email: nm.lister@ryerson.ca

Alison Macleod
Graduate Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2099
Email: urbandev@ryerson.ca

“Ryerson gave me the skills to create tangible change in the city we live in, challenged me to see systemic issues, and gave me opportunities to explore my interests through meaningful projects that make a real difference. The massive alumni network, industry partnerships, student and faculty support make this a community that is far-reaching and absolutely invaluable.”

Samantha Biglieri, MPl student
Ariana Cancelli

Student Profile: Laneways meet new life

Ariana Cancelli (urban development MPl alumna) embarked on a new initiative called The Laneway Project, showing city residents and community planners how transient urban areas can be put to better use, serving as green spaces and places where people can socialize.

Graduate Academic Calendar

Find curriculum, course descriptions and important dates for Urban Development (MPl).

How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.

Funding

At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Research

As an urban innovation university, Ryerson offers 60+ cutting-edge, career-oriented graduate programs, as well as 125+ research centres, institutes and labs, in a wide range of disciplines. Our close connections with industry, government and community partners provide opportunities to apply your knowledge to real-world challenges and make a difference.