Pursue Undergraduate Program in

Cities, Regions, Planning

We live in an urban world. Cities and city-regions around the globe face pressing social and environmental challenges linked to the climate crisis, emerging infectious disease, global displacement and migration, and deepening inequalities and racial divides. But cities are also the places where solutions to these problems can be found.

In Cities, Regions, Planning, you learn to apply inclusive and sustainable planning interventions, consulting skills, governance and political procedures and activist tools to manage urban growth (and decline), provide infrastructure, integrate newcomers, and mitigate environmental impacts.

The Cities, Regions, Planning program examines how cities and regions may be planned in more just and sustainable ways through three thematic concentrations:

  • Urban Worlds - engages with different ways of being in cities around the planet to consider how urban residents live, work and play in a rapidly changing global geography of interconnected urban places.
  • Urban Planning and Politics - deals with the institutions, actors, struggles and processes that help create and govern communities, cities, regions, and urban networks.
  • Urban Political Ecology - focuses on the role of nature and environment in the process of urbanization, urban form and urban life

Taught by internationally recognized urban scholars and planning practitioners, students acquire the foundational knowledge, critical thinking and technical skills to create tangible change in urban, suburban and regional environments. Students engage with communities in Toronto, across Canada and abroad gaining hands-on experiences of processes of urban transformations, community-based initiatives and design and policy challenges. 

Topics of study include:

  • Processes of urbanization and city life
  • The regional composition of the global economy
  • Planning theory and practice
  • Urban and regional planning
  • Urban infrastructures and mobility
  • Urban health and pandemic preparedness
  • Suburbanization, growth control and conservation
  • Urban analytics and geomatics
  • Urban wildlife and habitats
  • Urban risk and resilience
  • Public participation in planning and governance
  • Urban inequalities, gentrification and segregation
  • Urban ecologies
  • Communities and urban life

This program is supported by the CITY Institute at York University, a leading interdisciplinary centre that facilitates critical and collaborative research and provides new knowledge and innovative approaches to understanding and addressing the complexity of the urban arena.

With increased urbanization around the world, the need to address issues within cities including those of equity, sustainability, policy, and environment are at the forefront of many governments, businesses, and organizations.  Along with the development of practical, hands-on experiences, you will hone in-demand skills in critical thinking, communication, project management and coordination.  Our graduates are working in both the public and private sector in a variety of fields including government, business, land use planning, policy, non-profit, and transportation.

Some sample careers include:

  • Urban, Land Use or Transportation Planner
  • Policy Advisor and Consultant
  • LEED Technical Coordinator
  • Transit Supervisor or Manager
  • Permits and Approvals Coordinator
  • Environmental Manager
  • Planning and Space Assessor

To help you succeed, our Experiential Education Coordinator provides a variety of career support services to our students including resume help, interview prep, and career planning workshops, and maintains an exclusive job board just for our students.


Program Details


Offered By

Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

Degrees Offered

BES

Fall Entry

Yes

Winter Entry

Yes

Summer Entry

Yes

Ways to Study

Full-Time, Part-Time

Sample Schedule (First-year)

  • The Land We’re On: Treaties, art and environment
  • The World Today: Introduction to World Geography
  • Weather and Climate
  • The Dynamic Earth
  • Cities, Regions and Planning in a Globalizing World

Possible Career Paths

  • Urban, Land Use or Transportation Planner
  • Policy Advisor and Consultant
  • LEED Technical Coordinator
  • Transit Supervisor or Manager
  • Permits and Approvals Coordinator
  • Environmental Manager
  • Planning and Space Assessor
Explore what you can do with your degree
Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

BA

Requirements for admission:
  • Alberta High School Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • And four additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • Baccalauréat Général
    • A maximum of 30 possible transferable credits may be granted for successful completion of the Baccalauréat Général. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • Successful completion of the final year of senior studies
    • Minimum overall result of “Bien/Buena/Bueno/Good” on all academic courses.
    • Some programs require a higher GPA.
  • Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • Diploma with a total of at least six units, including prerequisites, and grades of 1, 2 or 3 in each unit.
    • A minimum overall average of 3 out of 7 is required. Higher grades required for certain programs.
    • CAPE 2-unit courses, with results of 3 or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • One year of CEGEP
  • 2 semesters of English (code 603) / Français (code 601)
  • And ten additional academic courses (high-school equivalent courses not accepted)
    • Extra courses will be assessed for transfer credit. Applicants with the DEC may be awarded up to one full year of transfer credit.
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
  • Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • Lise Diplomasi
  • Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations
    • GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
    To gain admission to this program, minimum average of C is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of C.
    The overall average required for admission is determined each year on a program specific basis. Some programs have limited enrolment. Admission is not guaranteed, and all requirements are subject to change.
    To gain admission to this program, minimum average of C is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of C.
    The overall average required for admission is determined each year on a program specific basis. Some programs have limited enrolment. Admission is not guaranteed, and all requirements are subject to change.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
  • Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    • IB Diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard-level and three passes at the Higher-level, or two passes at the Standard-level and four passes at the Higher-level
    • Transfer credit is granted for IB courses with Higher-level final grades of 5 or better, to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
    To gain admission to this program, minimum IB diploma point scores of 28 is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum IB diploma point scores of 28.
    The overall average required for admission is determined each year on a program specific basis. Some programs have limited enrolment. Admission is not guaranteed, and all requirements are subject to change.
    To gain admission to this program, minimum IB diploma point scores of 28 is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum IB diploma point scores of 28.
    The overall average required for admission is determined each year on a program specific basis. Some programs have limited enrolment. Admission is not guaranteed, and all requirements are subject to change.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • Completion of one of the following:
    • All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)
    • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
    • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
    • Intermediate Examination Certificate
    • Pre-University Examination Certificate
  • Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • Manitoba High School Diploma
  • English 40S
  • And four additional 40S level academic subjects (no more than one at the 40G level)
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
  • English 120, 121 or 122
  • And five additional Grade 12 academic subjects (college preparatory 120, 121 or 122)
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • Newfoundland and Labrador High School Graduation Diploma
  • English 3201
  • And nine additional credits at the 3000 level
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
  • English 12
  • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced)
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • Nunavut High School Graduation Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • Northwest Territories High School Graduation Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • ENG4U
  • And five additional 4U or M courses
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters or one year of full-time academic study at an accredited college
  • Overall average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
  • Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    To be considered a mature student, you must:
  • Be at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University
  • Have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence
  • Have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college
  • Have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments
  • Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • Completion of at least four full-year courses or one year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university
  • Overall average of 2.3 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
  • Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
  • English 621
  • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (numbered 611 or 621)
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • Quebec Grade 12 Certificate of Graduation
  • Grade 12 English
  • And five additional academic (university preparation level) subjects
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • Transcript of Secondary Level Achievement
  • English A30 and English B30
  • And three additional Grade 12 academic subjects numbered 30
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • General Secondary Education Certificate
  • Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • High School Diploma
    • AP College Board examinations are eligible for transfer credit, for results of 4 or 5, up to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
    Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or National Examinations Council (NECO)
  • Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change

    BA

    Requirements for admission:
  • Yukon High School Diploma
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • And three additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.