An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 is required for application. Because admission to our M.Urb program is competitive, successful applicants often have substantially higher CGPAs than the minimum requirement. Competition for our graduate diploma is less intense and can be a stepping stone to a future M.Urb application.

We welcome applications from students with a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds. While many of our students hold an undergraduate degree in the social sciences that is directly relevant to the study of cities, we have also admitted students with academic backgrounds in the humanities, sciences, engineering and fine arts, especially when they have urban-related academic, professional or community experience.

The Admissions Committee bases its decisions on

  • undergraduate grades
  • resume, or c.v. (noting any relevant urban-related professional and/or community experience)
  • a one-page statement of interest, and
  • three letters of reference.
Note: You are not expected to secure the support of a potential supervisor before you apply to the Urban Studies Program. We do not make admission decisions based on a specific supervisor fit or relationship at the time of admission. Rather, we want to make sure you are a fit with our program. However, if you think your research interests fit with one or more of our faculty members, you are welcome to mention their name(s) in your statement of interest. If you are admitted to our M.Urb program, we will assign you a supervisor in your second term - once you have had a chance to get to know our faculty and discuss potential research topics with them.
International applicants

International applicants should ensure before applying that their degree meets the university's minimum equivalency with regard to qualifications and academic standing. See here for information on those requirements.

Applicants whose post-secondary degree(s) have been awarded in a nation where English is not an official language must meet or exceed the minimum satisfactory score on a standardized English test acceptable to the university. This requirement applies irrespective of the language(s) used in instruction at the applicant's university. You will need to provide proof that you've met the university's minimum English language requirement when submitting your application, by the deadline.