Specializations in Planning


The elective component of the Program complements the core through advanced work in one of the five areas of specialization. The chosen specialization often provides an opportunity to build on the student’s undergraduate education, and anticipates the direction he or she will take in professional life.


Each specialization includes a number of courses which are designed to give a general introduction to the specialization and to permit the development of particular interests within it. Students must, in consultation with their advisors, select at least five half-courses within their chosen specialization, including those designated as mandatory. Students may elect to pursue two specializations, with the approval of the Program Director. In this case, double counting of some elective courses may be allowed.


In their plan of study at the end of the first year, students are also asked to identify the subject of their Current Issues paper (PLA 1107Y). While for accounting purposes this course is considered part of the core, its subject matter represents a significant part of the student’s area of specialization.


Similarly, specialization themes are usually offered in the Workshop in Planning Practice (PLA 1106Y).