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Master of Community Planning

Vancouver Island University - Nanaimo Campus Vancouver Island University - Nanaimo Campus, Canada


Sep 2022, Sep 2023

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CAD 26316

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CAD 150

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24 months


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Program Overview

Do you want to design and shape the world around you? Consider the Master of Community Planning degree at Vancouver Island University. Community planners play a huge role in the development of neighbourhoods, towns, cities and regions. An urban planner can also help shape a community’s response to a range of emerging issues such as climate change; and economic issues such as tourism by creating a sustainable city also known as ecocity.

The MCP program at VIU combines research, applied learning through a variety of in-community, real-world projects, and interactions with the professional planning community to give you a wide range of skills and knowledge. This community planning program is fully accredited through the Canadian Institute of Planners, alongside Canada’s historic planning schools.

The Master of Community Planning (MCP) Program:-
The Master of Community Planning (MCP) is an applied program that is fully accredited by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP). Graduates are eligible to apply for student membership with CIP while at VIU and can apply for full membership post-graduation.

The program focuses on:-

  • Small city and town planning;
  • Community and urban design, including a strong GIS component;
  • Rural/urban interface planning;
  • First Nations planning (with attention to the issues relevant to the First Nations of Vancouver Island and coastal British Columbia);
  • Sustainable economic issues, including tourism; and
  • Emerging issues such as climate change and planning for post-fossil fuel communities.

This is an intensive program with many opportunities to apply the skills and techniques learned in the program to "real life" planning questions and problems. Students will be engaged in self-directed learning and group studies, seminars and discussions, and will have many opportunities to meet and learn from professional planners. There is also a strong focus on urban design and visual representations of community planning, including GIS.
By program completion, our graduates will have a broad interdisciplinary knowledge of how planners can influence the futures of neighbourhoods, small communities, and rural areas both locally and world-wide. Our graduates will have new skills that will enable them to serve citizens and communities as they respond the social, economic, environmental, and sustainability issues that shape our world.]

Additional Information

Program Level Master's Degree

College/University Processing Time 30

Program Intensity Full-Time

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General Admission Requirement

    • Minimum Overall Score - 7.0 - With No Band Less Than - 6.5
    • Minimum Overall Score - 93 - With no score less than - 20
  • PTE
    • Minimum Overall Score - 65 - With no score less than - 60

Academic Requirement

  • Minimum Level of Education Required: To be admitted into the program, students must hold a Baccalaureate degree from a recognized university in any discipline 

7 IELTS Score With no band less than 5.5
93 TOEFL Score Minimum Overall Score
65 PTE Score Minimum Overall Score
60% CGPA Minimum Overall Score

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Tuition Fee

CAD 150

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11400 Per year

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