Master of Community Planning

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Master of Community Planning

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Master

    • Duration:

      2 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      C$ 9,537 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      C$ 30,982

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    Community planning is easy for most people to overlook when it is done correctly. Some would say it only becomes visible when there is a problem. Community planners chart a sustainable, effective and above all else liveable pathway for the development of individual neighbourhoods, small towns, large cities and even entire regions. Those who specialise in urban planning help shape the strategies cities follow to deal with threats like climate change as well as opportunities like increased international tourism. 

    Vancouver Island University’s Master of Community planning program will see you learning in the classroom and in the field. Students will engage in real world, community focused projects and interact closely with working community and urban planners to make meaningful, sustainable changes in the world. 

    VIU’s Master of Community Planning program is accredited by the Canadian Institute of Planners, and can lead to a professional career that is both personally and financially rewarding. 

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 24 months of study, including experiential sessions and thesis research. However, it is possible to request extra time to finish your thesis. The maximum time allowed for the degree is three years. 

    To graduate, you’ll have to complete a Major Project or a Thesis as well as all core modules and enough optional or elective modules to amass 48 credits.

    Core Modules Include:

    • Advanced Studio
    • Citizen Participation and Consultation
    • Community Design
    • Community Design
    • Ethics and the Public Good
    • Introduction and History of Planning
    • Major Project OR Thesis
    • Planning Law and Regulations
    • Planning Practice
    • Planning Theory and Policy
    • Research Methods

    Elective Modules Include:

    • Advanced Planning Practice
    • Directed Study
    • Fundamentals of GIS
    • Issues in Community Planning
    • Issues in Community Planning
    • Literature of Planning
    • Planning for Sustainability
    • Topics in Design and Aesthetics
    • Topics in Evolving Issues in Planning
    • Topics in First Nations Land Use and Community Planning
    • Topics in Municipal and Regional Planning

    Learning And Teaching

    VIU offers many different learning and teaching methods, using both traditional and innovative techniques in its academic programs. This program features either an extensive research project or a practical community planning project.

    You’ll attend formal lecture classes, practical skills sessions, problem solving exercises, and small scale tutorial sessions as well. You’ll have the support of the school’s academic advisors to help you plot the best post-graduation career pathway, as well.  

    Career Possibilities

    A Master’s Degree in Community Planning can lead to a wide variety of different career paths. The skills you’ll develop in cultural awareness, environmental protection, social sustainability, economic development, critical thinking and research can be applied to many industries and roles. Many graduates have gone to work for local governments, provincial agencies, federal bodies or a range of not for profit organisations. Others have gone into the private sector, working with citizens, land developers and regulators.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 24 month MA degree.

    To enter VIU’s Master of Community Planning program, you’ll need to have a Bachelor’s level education with a good GPA, though this need not be in a business subject. 

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.  

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