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The Planning program educates students in the scientific, aesthetic, and orderly disposition of land, resources, facilities and services with a view to securing the physical, economic and social efficiency, health and well-being of communities. Planners work for all levels of government and in professional planning consultancies.

Applicants interested in focusing on natural science elements of planning, including environmental management and the use of geographic information sciences, should consider the BSc Specialization in Planning and those interested in the aesthetic, economic, and social issues of planning should consider the BA, Major in Planning. There are links to each of these on the left hand side of the webpage.

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Planning Program News


Upcoming Changes to Planning Program Curricula

Beginning of the 2015-2016 University of Alberta academic year, the Planning program will offer slightly revised four-year curricula for both the BA and BSc streams of the program. Among other changes, the program will offer four new courses. The new courses will provide students with a more specific focus in areas of design fundamentals, planning theory, professional planning practice and ethics and finance for planners. The current curricula cover the contents of the new courses but are spread across several courses.

Sandeep Agrawal, Planning Program Inaugural Director, illustrates the importance of these changes, stating "the revised, repackaged curricula provide our graduates with much more rounded professional competencies, making them better prepared when they head into the workforce as Planners."

Further details about the new courses and curricula will be made available in February 2015 when the 2015-2016 Calendar will be made available online. 


Sidewalk Detours and Pedestrian Safety

City Planning Manager Scott Mackie and University of Alberta Planning student Kelly Bennett are featured in the Edmonton Journal article "Sidewalk detours should show 'greater respect' for pedestrians". To read the full article, click HERE


Planning Students Take Part in Work Experience Placements

This summer marked the first cohort of UofA Planning students taking part in the work experience programs offered through the Faculty of Arts and Science. Once completing third year, students can voluntary participate in the work experience programs to gain real-life, hands on experience within the professional field of Planning. Eleven students are taking part in the work experience, working in both the private and public sector, finding placements in the Government of Alberta, Parkland County, City of Edmonton and Stantec. Read more»


Message from the Planning Director

It is my pleasure to welcome both new and returning students to the Planning program at the University of Alberta. We eagerly look forward to an exciting and challenging year for faculty and students alike and trust that it will be filled with new discoveries, perspectives and friendships.    read more »