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    Undergraduate degree that leads to masters of planning?

    hey everyone, I'm a bit new to this and my first question is this,
    since i live in southern ontario and I want to study locally coming out of high school this year, i have only been able to find one undergraduate program which is urban and regional planning at Ryerson in Toronto and landscape architecture at the University of Guelph. i prefer Guelph school-wise but the Landscape architecture program seems difficult to get in to. are there any other program names i should be searching for besides urban/rural planning, urban studies etc?
    thanks in advance!

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    Read the other threads on here...

    Usually Geography or Environmental Science would do the trick. It really doesn't matter too terribly much though.

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    Just pick a degree that you think best compliments what you want to do as planner. Geography is a good all-around degree for planners but if you have a particular interest such as as design or policy, another degree may serve you better.

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    Quote Originally posted by Blide View post
    Just pick a degree that you think best compliments what you want to do as planner. Geography is a good all-around degree for planners but if you have a particular interest such as as design or policy, another degree may serve you better.
    Design what I'm interested in! when I finish school, I want to be able to know how to use CAD software and use it frequently as well as work with a group and discuss written plans for restructuring communities etc.. its a while away but I like to set myself up in advance. i am concerned about policy, but not as much as i am with design.

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    If design is your primary interest, I'd look at getting into an architecture or landscape architecture program. You're likely not going to get the technical skills sufficient for design in a graduate planning program. However a planning program will give you a solid foundation in just about anything else you might need.

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    Blide, Thank you for the enlightenment, I haven't submitted my application yet but so far I have found the following;
    1. Landscape Architecture - University of Guelph
    2. Urban and Regional Planning - Ryerson University
    3. Environmental Studies - York University

    I'm above average in everything but landscape Architecture which apparently makes decisions based on the separate Application questions and will consider anyone who is above a 78% average I believe?
    not 100% sure about that one but if I get accepted I would take it in a heartbeat! im hoping there are electives that allow me to have the option to practice design in Ryerson and York, but I know that Ryerson's first year Planning students have a class dedicated to working in a studio.

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