Urban Studies and Urban Planning (BA)

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Why choose Urban Studies and Urban Planning?

New York. Paris. Vancouver. Montreal. Each follows its own rhythm, shaped by geography, history and the people who live there. Explore how residential and commercial areas, community spaces, public services and transportation all work together to form a city’s unique personality. You’ll learn how to plan for future change and make decisions in the public interest.

Through labs, lectures and projects, you will:

  • Study the relationships between the socio-cultural, economic and physical aspects of urban development
  • Learn to gather and interpret statistical data
  • Acquire technical knowledge of computerized mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Put your skills to work by analyzing real-world problems identified in Montreal neighbourhoods and creating solutions

Program Details

A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.


  • Major in Urban Studies (42 credits)
  • Minor in Urban Studies (30 credits)
  • Honours in Urban Planning (63 credits)*
  • Specialization in Urban Planning (60 credits)*

*Admission is to the Major in Urban Studies. Students seeking admission to the Urban Planning programs may apply for a transfer after having completed certain courses and obtained a grade point average of 3.0 for Specialization and 3.3 for Honours.

The BA Honours and Specialization in Urban Planning are not accredited planning degrees, but prepare students for a range of planning-related jobs that do not require an accredited degree, and are excellent preparation for students considering graduate studies in planning.

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