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¿Qué aprenderé?

The city is a central feature of modern societies and economies. The development of cities over the past 500 years has enabled the evolution of the modern world. Academic interest in urban studies spans many disciplines and focuses on understanding cities, how they function, and how they change for the better.

This master of urban studies (MUrb) program develops the knowledge, skills and understanding that individuals, organizations, communities and governments need to improve human lives, strengthen municipal governance and advance urban sustainability. Students seek to understand, develop and diversify the structures, processes and actions that make cities livable. The curriculum integrates traditional understandings with new perspectives, both locally and globally.

Programs are available to both full-time and part-time students, ranging from mid-career professional to those who are simply curious about local politics, urban development, and sustainable cities. The program provides a strong foundation in economic, geographic, political and social analysis techniques and applies these skills to real-world urban problems.

Courses are offered in the evenings at Vancouver campus, located in the core of British Columbia’s principal urban centre.

Program Requirements

This program consists of course work and a project for a minimum of 32 units.

Students must complete both of*

URB 670 - Urban Research Methods (4)
URB 696 - Seminar in Urban Studies (4)

and five graduate courses for a minimum of 20 units from Urban Studies**

and a project

URB 697 - Research Project (4)

* These courses help students prepare an original urban research project to demonstrate integration of concepts and techniques acquired in previous course work.

** Up to two graduate courses beyond those offered by Urban Studies may be substituted with the approval of the Urban Studies program committee.

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements in nine terms.

¿En cuál departamento estoy?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Opciones de estudio

a tiempo completo (9 términos)

Costos de estudio
CAN $1,946.94 per term
Fecha de inicio

Esperado Septiembre 2022


Vancouver Campus

Harbour Centre,

515 West Hastings Street,


British Columbia (BC),

V6B 5K3, Canada

Requerimiento de entrada

Para estudiantes de Estados Unidos

Other English Language Requirements accepted: A minimum TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based); PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) with a minimum overall score of 63, and a minimum of 65 in speaking and writing .

Para estudiantes internacionales

The minimum University requirements for admission to a master’s program are as follows.

a) a bachelor's degree from Simon Fraser University or its equivalent from a recognized institution;

b) a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0/4.33 (B), or a grade point average of at least 3.33/4.33 (B+) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses. All graduate work is also considered. Individual graduate programs may set a higher admission grade point average;

c) submitted evidence, usually references from qualified referees, of the student’s ability to undertake advanced work in the area of interest. In addition, some programs also require completion of entrance examinations such as the GMAT and GRE, and/or the submission of other material.

Applicants normally will be required to achieve a minimum score of 7.0 on the International English Language Test System (IELTS - the academic NOT the general test) with a minimum of 6.5 in each section. The Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL) may be used as an equivalent test provided a score of 93 or better is achieved with a minimum of 20 in each section (TOEFL-internet based exam), or TOEFL 580 and the Test of Written English(TWE) 5.0 (paper-based).

Puede haber diferentes requisitos de IELTS en función del curso elegido.


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