Rural Planning & Development

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Rural Planning and Development is a growing global profession. Graduates of our program contribute to the generation of knowledge and the development of plans to advance the welfare, sustainability and integrity of rural communities. As a graduate you will be able to work globally in the public and private sectors for national and international NGOs’, as planners, researchers and project managers.

The University of Guelph is internationally recognized for its high quality professional programs in rural planning and development and attracts students from all over the world, including the United States, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the European Union. Entering students come from a wide range of undergraduate programs and can expect to establish their own academic agenda for their continuing intellectual and professional development.

MSc Planning - MSPL RPD

The accredited MSPL degree is an intensive (6 semester) program of study combines research, outreach, and ongoing interaction with faculty to create a stimulating learning environment, and affords our students a wealth of opportunities.

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This one-year (3 semester) MPLAN degree is specifically designed for professionals with five or more years of planning experience. Alternately, new grads from a Professional discipline such as Planning, Landscape Architecture, Architecture or Engineering (with a minimum B+ average) may also apply.

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