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.
“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.”
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.
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.