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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

MPl (two-year regular stream)

  • Completion of a 4-year honours bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study
  • Successful completion of a universitylevel course in statistics

MPI (one-year accelerated stream)

  • Completion of a 4- or 5-year accredited bachelor’s degree in urban planning or its equivalent
  • Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study
  • Must have planning experience of no less than two calendar years
  • Successful completion of a universitylevel course in statistics

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

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

Admissions Contact

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153

Program Contacts

Dr. Zhixi (Cecilia) Zhuang
Graduate Program Director
Research areas: placemaking, ethnic retailing, community design, multicultural planning, revitalization and suburban retrofit, and international urbanization
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2133

Alison Macleod
Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2099
Fax: 416-979-5153

“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

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.

student working at a desk

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.


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.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.