24 months
26316 CAD/year
8201 CAD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


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.  

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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 Community Planning degree at Vancouver Island University 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 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.

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.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Community Design
  • Planning Practice
  • Citizen Participation and Consultation
  • Planning Theory and Policy
  • Community Design 
  • Planning Law and Regulation
  • Ethics and the Public Good

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum average of "B" calculated in the last two years of the undergraduate degree, with a review of the entire degree.
  • 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. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26316 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26316 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    8201 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8201 CAD per year during 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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