Master of Community Planning

Master of Community Planning

Master degree
16 months
Application deadlines: Fabruary 28
Application fee: CA$106
Intakes: September
International tuition: CA$28,939
Domestic tuition: CA$9,529

Program overview

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.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus


To be admitted into the program, students must hold a baccalaureate degree from a recognized university in any discipline, and meet the following admission criteria: A minimum average of "B" calculated in the last two years of the undergraduate degree, with a review of the entire degree. Applicants whose previous degree was obtained in a country where English is not the primary/official language and from a university where English was not the language of instruction must meet one of VIU’s English Language requirements for Graduate Programs. Acceptance and satisfactory review of the following items by the Admissions Committee: Résumé Three letters of reference (from academic or professional referees) as well as a statement of interest addressing each of the following areas: Areas of research interest; Statement of career interest; and Statement of volunteer and/or career experience. Preference will be given to candidates with: An area of research interest that meshes with the focus areas of the Program. A statement of career interest that shows a clear understanding of the opportunities available in Planning. A statement of volunteer or career experience that supports the two previously referenced documents. Evidence of high academic achievement. The Duolingo English Test (only For Fall 2020 and Spring 2021) - 110

Career opportunities

Graduates from accredited planning programs work in a variety of placements, from local governments (current and long range planning, sustainability planning, parks, heritage, social planning, and more) to provincial agencies (community affairs, environment, lands, and parks) to federal and international organizations (non-profit and non-governmental organizations, international government agencies). Accredited planners also work in private industry, providing skills and advice to all levels of government, developers, citizens, and agencies.

Campus location

Nanaimo , Canada