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    Schools in Canada

    Here it is. A thread on schools in Canada that we've all been waiting for.

    Just to start off, who's studied in Canada and what's your experience with the program or school?

    Here's a listed of accredited planning schools:

    But I'm also curious about people who might be in the field of planning who might have studied in another discipline too.

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    I have graduated from UBC. It is a great program, known for its focus on sustainability. There are a wide range of courses, and you can focus into one of the four streams: urban, social, international, and I forgot the last one. The streams are there to guide you, so aside from the required courses, you don't have rigidly follow the suggested courses.

    I have considered University of Toronto as well.

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    Aug 2006
    Wherever mediocore planning lurks
    Queen's for me - planning program had its ups and downs just like anywhere else.

    - policy bias
    - Good place to learn land economics relationship with planning and real estate development/pro forma analysis.
    - Financial incentives was the best among other planning programs at the time.
    - social planning
    - negotiation and ADR specialist on faculty
    - opportunities to take courses from other faculties
    - provision of an office space with high-speed connection if you find that beneficial

    - the computer lab was awful, although we got to share the Geog dept's GIS lab, whch was pretty good.
    - No design space despite having two architects on faculty (both of which are focussed on aspects other than design) and a doctorate of design.

    The university life was great - awesome town to be a student. I recommend joining a varsity team or club there to round you out.

    Other degree in geography (urban, GIS, Remote Sensing).

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    Cyburbian supergeek1313's avatar
    Oct 2005
    City of Angels
    I'm at U of T now...

    You're in Toronto, so you have access to a lot of resources (i.e., good guest lecturers, case studies)
    The staff is very diverse in their interests
    Opportunity for collaborative programs (such as Env Sci & Community Dev)
    Funding seems good - at least for first year

    They don't have good graphics programs, so if you're interested in Urban Design it kinda sucks (and our profs don't know AutoCAD or any of the other programs)
    A lot of profs seem to be on sabbatical/maternity leave so there have been classes with spotty instruction
    You need an A- average to continue funding into second year so there's a lot of unnecessary stress
    Many of the professors have not worked in the planning field but rather studied it academically

    I heard that Ryerson is much more practical... Toronto's program has a lot of theory/academia. I have had profs with more of an experience-based background but it's a mixed bag. I'm fine in the program but it definitely has its ups and downs.

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    Apr 2006
    Toronto, Ontario
    True that Ryerson has a much more practical program... but they only offer an undergraduate degree.

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