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Planning (MES)

The Master's in Environmental Studies Planning program draws from EUC’s interdisciplinary grounding to educate planners who understand the relational nature of environmental, socio-spatial, cultural, economic, legal and political forces that define planning problems and processes and shape the differentiated impacts of planning outcomes for diverse population segments. Through our accredited planning curriculum—which builds on required courses, self-directed plan of study and research, and experiential education—students gain advanced knowledge and professional skills to engage reflexively with questions of social and environmental justice in relation to urban and regional development.

In addition to our core curriculum, students have the opportunity to focus on one or more of the following areas of specialization: Urban and Regional Planning; Environmental Planning; Community, Social Policy and Planning; or Food Planning. You will acquire theoretical and applied knowledge to design, analyze, and implement plans, policies, and programs as you contribute to city-building, and effect positive change at every scale of action, from the neighbourhood to the globe.

Students have the opportunity to learn about and expand the boundaries of city planning through critical interdisciplinary perspectives on

Diversity and social justice

Community planning and equity planning approaches, healthy cities, public engagement, community organizing and activism, planning with Indigenous communities, planning in international settings

Emerging environmental problems

Environmental planning, climate justice, urban resilience, waste management, food security, sustainable energy transitions

Urban development processes

Housing, critical infrastructures, transport and mobility, urban revitalization, land use, urban environmental design

Urban life and politics

Political economy, planning theory, and history, policymaking, global urbanization, suburbanization processes

Program Details

2 Years

Full Time

Fall Entry

Accredited by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI), and member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning

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The Graduate Program in Environmental Studies at York is an exciting environment to pursue innovative, socially engaging, career-ready education. Contact our Graduate Program Assistant to learn more.