Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph is one of Canada's leading centres for the study of rural issues. With both Canadian and International streams of study, the program is involved with rural development issues both within Canada and the rest of the world. Our central objective is the generation of knowledge and the development of the planning practice to advance the welfare and integrity of rural communities and rural environments.
Rural Planning and Development programs cover a wide breadth of topics relating to rural issues. With students and professors coming from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, the program has adopted an interdisciplinary approach to rural topics and professional practice. Also emphasized in the program is the importance of bringing the ideas of theory into practice and the experience of practice into theory. Students are encouraged to employ the skills they learn in the classrooms in real world experiences. To help provide students with such experiences, the program regularly engages in professional practice with outside organizations and communities. Many students also find employment or internships with organizations outside of the University.
Rural Planning and Development offers a Master of Science program. The Rural Planning and Development program has a variety of course offerings alongside various research and professional practice opportunities. Our accredited programs prepare graduates for designation as a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) with the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI).
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International Student Requirements:
Note that applicants with degrees from some countries, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, or India are required to hold a Bachelor degree and a Master's degree at the First Class/First Division Level to be eligible to apply for a Masters program at the University of Guelph. Students with lower averages and more than 5 years of work experience may apply under alternate admission criteria.