Planning

Bachelor of Arts

Faculty of Arts

Why study Planning?

Why study Planning?

Professional planners create the vision of how cities, towns, and regions should develop in the future. Planners seek to ensure that built environments in rural and urban areas are developed in ways that promote sustainability, prosperity, and a better quality of life for all.

This program focuses on the social science aspects of planning issues, with a broad focus on Land Use Planning, Urban Planning, and Regional Planning.

Why get a Bachelor of Arts degree?

Why study Arts at the University of Alberta?

The Faculty of Arts boasts one of the most diverse Arts programs in Canada, offering top quality educational opportunities that prepare students for successful careers in every sector of society. With over 900 distinct courses in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts, you will find an academic pathway for you. Your studies will be enhanced by the rich insights that our nationally and internationally recognized faculty members bring to the classroom through unique insights drawn from their research and advancement of human knowledge. Academic excellence, innovative problem-solving, and experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom, such as Community Service-Learning and Arts Work Experience programs, will give you the tools to thrive in a diverse and increasingly complex workplace.

Possible Careers

  • City Planner
  • Community Planner
  • Urban Planner

"I was surprised, actually, that I found myself growing up and becoming more 'me' through my university experience. I am really proud of how far I've come. You grow so much through your first year." -Johnny is a student in the BA Planning program.

Admissions Requirements for 2019 - 2020

This information is for students applying directly from high school. Transfer students: see the Calendar

View requirements and cost for:

Required Courses

  • One from the following courses
    • English Language Arts 30-1
  • One from the following subjects (click to see courses)
    • Fine Arts
    • Humanities
    • Languages other than English
    • Math/Sciences
  • One of the following subjects (click to see courses)
    • Humanities
    • Languages other than English
    • Math/Sciences
  • One of the following courses
    • Social Studies 30-1
    • Aboriginal Studies 30
  • One of the following courses
    • Mathematics 30-1
    • Mathematics 30-2*

Admission Average

Admission is competitive and subject to availability of space.

Canadian students, see Competitive Averages by faculty.
International students, see Competitive Averages and Conversions.

* Only one of Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2 can be used for admission.

 
 
  • English Language Proficiency (ELP)  

    Because the U of A wants you to succeed, our admissions policy ensures that all students, regardless of citizenship, have the language skills they need to understand, participate and learn in our classes. The primary language of instruction in our classes, with the exception of those at the Faculte Saint-Jean, is English. For more information on the English Language Proficiency policy refer to the U of A Calendar. Information on writing ELP examinations is also available.

  • Aboriginal Applicants  

    At the U of A, we are committed to encouraging Aboriginal Students in their work towards a degree. Aboriginal students have been under-represented in higher education in Canada, thus our policy is aimed at increasing opportunity, with the goal of our Aboriginal student population being representative of the public we serve. For more information on Admission of Aboriginal Students refer to the U of A Calendar.

Deadline

Fall application: March 1, 2019

March 1st is the deadline to apply for most direct entry programs, but be sure to double-check! For a complete listing of application and document deadlines refer to the University Calendar.

Notes

  • More than one language other than English may be accepted.
  • The Faculty of Arts accepts proficiency in an Aboriginal language recognized in Canada (i.e. Cree, Slavey etc.) to meet a language other than English admission requirement. Proficiency is measure by either a test, administered by the university if such can be arranged, or by boards of examiners appointed by the university. Candidates having passed the required test of an Aboriginal language have their averages calculated on the remaining four matriculation subjects.
  • Two courses from the same second language cannot be used for meeting more than one admission subject requirement
  • In order to maximize their future program and course choices, all students are encouraged to present a broad range of subjects across the Humanities and Sciences.
  • Students intending to transfer to the Alberta School of Business must present Mathematics 30-1. Some of the courses required for admission to the school require Mathematics 30-1 as a prerequisite.
  • Students intending to transfer to the Faculty of Education, particularly to Elementary education, should present Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2 and a grade 12 Science subject.
  • Only one Fine Arts Subject may be presented for admission.
  • For a minor in Arts and Cultural Management, applicants must submit a letter of permission directly to the Faculty of Arts.
  • For a minor in Mathematics, students should present Mathematics 30-1. Mathematics 30-1 does not have to be included as one of the five subjects used for admission, but the discipline requires courses for which Mathematics 30-1 is a prerequisite.
  • For a minor in Psychology, students should present Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2.

For additional information and the most up-to-date admission requirements, please see admission requirements by faculty in the University Calendar.

 

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