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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

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

Second Annual 'Planning for Prosperity' Event Tickets on Sale

The second annual Planning for Prosperity event ticket sales have begun.  The event is put on by local industry representatives in support of the program.  Last year, more than $6,000 was raised in support of the PJ Smith Scholarship. Click here for more information or  to purchase tickets for the event.     

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»

U of A Planning Program welcomes Professor Kristof Van Assche and Manish Shirgaokar

We are excited to formally welcome our newest colleagues in planning, Kristof Van Assche and Manish Shirgakar.  Kristof joined the Faculty of Extension as an Associate Professor in planning, governance and development. He has held visiting positions at McGill University, Krakov Agricultural University, Wageningen University and Bonn University.  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 »

University of Alberta Planning Program Joins ACUPP

The University of Alberta Planning Program joined the Association of Canadian University Planning Programs (ACUPP) this past week. ACUPP is an inter university organization promote excellence in planning education, research and practice.   read more »