Planning Schools & Programs

Undertaking a university planning degree program – with its critical education and professional academic experience  – is the most valuable first step towards building a career as a professional planner. 

Recognized University Planning Programs

The Professional Standards Board (PSB), under its shared services agreements with the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC), and its affiliated planning Institutes (Affiliates) manages the process of accrediting university planning degree programs. This process certifies that such programs meet the minimum standards for a university-level professional planning education established by the planning profession in Canada.

Recognized university planning programs are the preferred route to professional membership, and ultimately a career in planning. Those considering a professional career in planning are strongly encouraged to seek a degree from a recognized university planning program. In addition, only students enrolled in recognized university programs are eligible for Student Membership.

Recognized University Planning Programs in British Columbia & the Yukon

The following university planning programs, offered at schools in British Columbia and the Yukon, are currently recognized by the PSB, CIP and PIBC.

  •  University of British Columbia (School of Community & Regional Planning)

Programs: Master of Arts (Planning), Master of Science (Planning)
Website: www.scarp.ubc.ca

  •  University of Northern British Columbia (School of Environmental Planning)

Programs: Bachelor of Planning
Website: www.unbc.ca/planning/

  • Simon Fraser University (School of Resource & Environmental Management)

Programs: Master of Resource & Environmental Management (Planning)
Website: www.rem.sfu.ca

  • Vancouver Island University (Faculty of Social Sciences)

Programs: Master of Community Planning
Website: https://socialsciences.viu.ca/mcp

Other Recognized University Planning Programs

Through the PSB nationally, additional university planning programs are also currently recognized which are offered at schools across Canada, as well as reciprocally in the United States and Australia.

  • For information about recognized university planning programs across Canada please consult with the Professional Standards Board (PSB) by clicking here.
  • For information about reciprocally recognized university planning programs in the United States please consult with the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) by clicking here.
  • For information about reciprocally recognized university planning programs in Australia please consult with the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) by clicking here.

For questions about individual schools or programs, please contact the individual schools/programs directly. Please note: PIBC does not provide advice or recommendations to prospective students when considering which recognized program to apply to.

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