The Regional and Urban Planning program has five full-time core faculty: Dr. Ryan Walker, MCIP, RPP (Chair); Dr. Avi Akkerman MCIP, RPP; Dr. Jill Blakley MCIP, RPP; Dr. Ehab Diab; and Dr. Bob Patrick MCIP, RPP. Many others help to deliver the program, including four Professional Associates -- Glen Grismer MCIP, RPP; Henry Lau MSAA, MRAIC, LEED AP; Tim Steuart MCIP, RPP; Lenore Swystun MCIP, RPP -- and a range of faculty in Geography and Planning and  from other departments and colleges across campus including Art and Art History, Economics, Indigenous Studies, Political Studies, Sociology, and the Colleges of Agriculture and Bioresources, and Engineering.

The Regional and Urban Planning program is a professional program, accredited by the Professional Standards Board for the Planning Profession in Canada. Planners are place-makers and community builders. Planning is concerned with the disposition of land, resources, facilities and services in urban and regional contexts. It combines technical knowledge with an esthetic understanding of what constitutes good urban design. Decisions about how communities grow are increasingly linked to public environmental consciousness, making planners one of the most active groups of professionals dealing with climate change, air and water quality and energy efficient community design. Planning is a discipline that links knowledge with action to improve public and private development decisions. Planning decisions affect people, places, the environment and economies. Professional planners are the front-line workers helping citizens, governments and the private sector come together to build communities with sustainable futures. Most of our graduates work for municipal or provincial governments, or for private sector development or planning consulting firms. Some also engage in non-traditional planning careers, such as at school boards or health regions. Others go on to further studies in architecture or research.

Students completing the major requirements will receive a B.A. Four-year or Honours in Regional and Urban Planning. Alternatively, students may select their electives in a way that allows them to meet the program requirements for Regional and Urban Planning as well as the requirements for a major or minor in another subject. In such cases the student may request an official letter from the Undergraduate Student Office indicating that they have also met the requirements for such a major or minor. However, a student may receive only one degree.

Residency Requirements in the Major

To receive a degree in Regional and Urban Planning, students must complete at least two-thirds of the following coursework (to the nearest highest multiple of 3 credit units) from the University of Saskatchewan.

  • Minimum requirements in Major Requirement B6.

See Residency for additional details.