VIII. Graduate Programs
Rural Planning and Development
MSc (Planning) Program
Rural Planning and Development provides the opportunity for graduate study, research and professional development in rural planning and development either Canadian or international (developing areas) contexts. The program leads to an MSc (Planning) degree. It is a professionally oriented program that requires substantial commitment to professional performance and ethics.
Graduate students in Rural Planning and Development find employment in rural planning departments and with non-governmental organizations in Canada and in rural development agencies overseas. Graduates are prepared for both local development and planning as well as national-level research and policy planning.
The program objective is to ensure that students have the knowledge and skill to conduct interdisciplinary research and, in a professional capacity, guide processes of change in rural planning and development.
Students interested in a rural planning and development program are registered in the school, although in keeping with the school's interdisciplinary philosophy they are encouraged to take courses and work with faculty in other units on campus. Where appropriate, faculty from other academic units participate in an advisory capacity in students' research programs.
The program is open to qualified graduates from a wide variety of disciplines including geography, international development, sociology, agriculture, environmental studies, landscape architecture, economics and planning. Applicants are required to demonstrate their specific interest in the program and relevant work experience in rural planning and development. A four-year honours degree with a B average is considered the normal basis for admission.
MSc (Planning) in Rural Planning and Development (Canadian)
This field offers both major research paper and thesis options. Both of these options are aimed at providing substantive professional, contextual and specialized knowledge and skill in the domestic rural planning and development context. Students choose a general area of emphasis from: 1) community planning and development, 2) municipal land use planning, and 3) resource management planning.
All students enrolled in this field are required to complete a set of core courses that provide a foundation for rural planning and development research and practice. These consist of the school core of three courses: 1) Planning and Development Theory, 2) Rural Research Methods - Foundations, and 3) Application of Quantitative Techniques in Rural Planning and Development, and the Canadian planning and development core consisting of three courses: 1) Rural Planning Methods, 2) Rural Public Administration, and 3) Rural Planning Synthesis.
In addition, students are required to complete a minimum of either four courses, a thesis and an internship; or six courses, a major research paper and an internship.
The area of emphasis is developed by the students and their advisory committees through course work, selection of elective courses, the internship, and student research leading to the major research paper or thesis.
In the delivery of the Canadian rural planning and development field, the school draws on courses and faculty from other units on campus as well as on the resources of the school. The field of rural planning and development (Canadian) is formally recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners, and six faculty in the school are Registered Professional Planners.
MSc (Planning) in Rural Development Planning (International)
This field prepares students for research and practice in rural development planning in the international context. Students may choose either the course work and major research paper option, or the course work and thesis option. An internship is not a field requirement but is strongly recommended. Four areas of emphasis are offered: 1) settlement and area development planning, 2) natural resources development planning, 3) human resources and social services development planning, and 4) program and project development planning.
All students enrolled in this field are required to complete a set of core courses that provide a foundation for international rural development planning research and practice. These consist of the school core of three courses: 1) Planning and Development Theory, 2) Rural Research Methods - Foundations, and 3) Application of Quantitative Techniques in Rural Planning and Development, and the international development planning core of two courses: 1) International Rural Development Planning: Principles and Practices and 2) Synthesis: Seminar in Integrated Rural Development Planning.
In addition, students are required to complete a minimum of either three courses and a thesis, or five courses and a major research paper.
The area of emphasis is developed by students and their advisory committees through course work, selection of elective courses, student research leading to the major research paper or thesis and, in many cases, an internship.
In the delivery of the international rural development planning field, the school draws on courses and faculty from other units on campus as well as on the resources of the school.