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Urban and Regional Planning (BURPI)

Urban and Regional Planning Degree Completion and Post-Baccalaureate Program Information Session

 Tuesday, January 19
 12 - 1 p.m. EST

Are you interested in a career in urban planning? Are you curious about the possibility of completing an Urban and Regional Planning degree? Come join us at the Urban and Regional Planning (Degree Completion and Post-Baccalaureate Program) Information Session where you will get a chance to learn more about our fast-track options for applicants who have degrees or specific college diplomas. At this session, you will learn about the program curriculum, admission requirements, opportunities for experiential learning, and career opportunities upon graduation.

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Is It for You?

Urban and regional planners employ land-use concepts and strategies to develop and enhance regional, urban, suburban and rural communities. You’ll develop applied research and analysis skills through drafting in studio practice, consult in teams, travel on week- long field trips and can choose to pursue an international exchange program. Upon graduation, you’ll understand communities’ needs, structures and rules, and be ready to advise on planning decisions related to social, economic, environmental, cultural, land development and transportation issues.

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What You Need to Know

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year; Two-Year Post-Baccalaureate; Two-Year Degree Completion

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning

 Grade Range

 Non-Academic Requirements

 Experiential Learning
Field research trips

 Recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI). Accredited by the Professional Standards Board (PSB).

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2021 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. Ryerson reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.

Tuition and Fees 2020/2021

Domestic Fees Range: $7,091 - $7,582
International Fees Range: $28,570 - $29,988

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

Requirements for Full-Time, Four-Year Program

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher prerequisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • English/anglais
  • Recommended: Grade 12 U or M courses in social sciences and the humanities (HFA4M, HHS4M, HHG4M, HSB4M, HZT4U) and/or economics (CIA4U) and U courses in Canadian and world studies (CGW4U, CGU4U, CHI4U, CHY4U, CLN4U, CPW4U), science (SBI4U, SCH4U, SPH4U, SES4U) and/or mathematics (MHF4U, MCV4U, MDM4U)
  • Note: the minimum grade required in the subject prerequisite (normally in the 70% range) will be determined subject to competition

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available at:
Admission Requirements.

Requirements for Two-Year Post Baccalaureate Program (Full-Time)

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited English language university including a minimum of six liberal studies (liberal arts and sciences) courses.
  • Qualified applicants must successfully complete a 75 hour, three week Spring/Summer intensive block course (CVUP 100) which is offered through The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. Students must complete CVUP 100 prior to their entry into the program.

Requirements for Two-Year Degree Completion Program (Full-Time)

  • Completion of the Urban and Regional Planning Technician - Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Diploma from Mohawk College or the GIS and Urban Planning Diploma from Fanshawe College with a minimum ‘B’ overall average.
  • Qualified applicants must successfully complete a 75 hour, three week Spring/Summer intensive block course (CVUP 100) which is offered through The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. Students must complete CVUP 100 prior to their entry into the program.

Online Information Sessions

As part of the admission process, the School of Urban and Regional Planning strongly encourages all applicants to attend an optional online information session with our faculty and students. The online session will last approximately 90 minutes and will include:

  • Welcome
  • Informal presentation about the School of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Questions and answers session with faculty

Session Dates

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 5 - 6:30 p.m EST (Parents: Ask Us Anything!)
  • Friday, April 16, 2021, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST (General Information Session)
  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 4 - 5:30 p.m. EST (General Information Session)

Please sign up for one of these sessions by completing our google formSURP Virtual Admissions Session registration form, external link, opens in new window.

After Graduation

You will be prepared to address the complex needs, structures and rules of communities through progressive opportunities in municipal or provincial government; private real estate development, finance or retail; community social service or volunteer agencies; law firms. You may work as an urban planner, urban design technologist, consultant, technical analyst, program and policy developer, strategy planner, development researcher or project manager. You may also choose to pursue a master of planning in Urban Development at Ryerson.

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