Urban Degree Programs at UofT

Undergraduate & Graduate Degree Programs in Urban Studies, Community Development, Urban Planning, Environment Studies

Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada's largest and most distinguished university. Consistently ranked Canada's top research-intensive university, U of T offers teaching programs in 17 academic divisions. Its programs are held on the historic St. George campus in downtown Toronto, on campuses in Mississauga and Scarborough and in nine fully affiliated teaching hospitals in Toronto.

The City of Toronto and the urbanized region around it is North America's fifth largest metropolitan area. The University is thus located in the heart of a metropolitan region of over 5.0 million people, noted for its social diversity, its public transportation system, numerous libraries, cultural facilities and innovative approaches to community and neighbourhood development, housing and urban planning. The dynamism of this urban region generates a host of policy problems and opportunities, providing students with a highly accessible laboratory for studying issues of current concern. The region also has many outstanding practitioners and governmental and non-governmental institutions of all types.

Toronto is, in short, an excellent location for studying all aspects of urban life. The University of Toronto offers a number of degree programs and collaborative programs in urban and community studies. Here is a brief guide.

Urban Studies Program, Innis College
The Urban Studies Program at Innis College is not a program in Urban Planning, nor is it a program in Geography, or Sociology, or Political Science, or Economics. It is a little bit of all of these, plus some on-the-job training.
Urban Studies teaches you about cities - Canadian and foreign - as exciting and important places. Cities are home to a majority of the world's population. They are home to much of the world's creative activity and to many of the world's problems. Cities are our future.

Cities are best looked at from various angles; therefore, the Program is interdisciplinary. Students are required to take at least two of the three core courses in the Program, and to select other required courses from a list which includes courses from: Sociology, Geography, Political Science, Economics, History, Fine Art and Architecture.

Students learn best by doing; therefore, Urban Studies offers internships in the offices of municipal politicians. The Program also provides students with plenty of opportunity to do field research. We are very fortunate to have Metropolitan Toronto as our laboratory for this field work.

The best way to study a city is to live in it. We encourage students to study abroad for one year if at all possible. The University of Toronto has a number of partnership agreements with universities in some of the world's most interesting cities: Paris, Berlin, Hong Kong, and Jerusalem to name just a few. These agreements allow students to take courses at foreign universities and to receive University of Toronto credit for them.

Program in Planning, Department of Geography and Program in Planning
At the heart of planning lies a commitment to better cities, healthy environments and socio-economic well-being for everyone. Planners pursue their ideals and objectives in the name of the public good as policy makers, public servants, builders, community organizers and political activists, working at all levels of government, with the non-profit sector or in private practice. Their specializations include land use, housing, transportation, urban design, social policy, public health, economic development, international development, and the environment-among others. Although the built environment of the city has been their traditional terrain of action, planners also work on socio-economic and cultural issues and at various spatial scales. Their work, accordingly, ranges in territorial scope from the design of small towns to policy planning at the national level to international development. Indeed, the practice of planning today spans the entire local-global spectrum, taking into consideration the challenges and opportunities presented to cities, regions and nations by the forces of globalization.

Adult Education & Community Development, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
MEd., M.A., Ed.D., and Ph.D.
The Adult Education & Community Development Program at OISE/UT is one of the largest in the world. It has earned an international reputation for its critical and interdisciplinary approach to the field. Over a hundred graduate students are admitted annually. Four graduate degrees are offered: MEd., M.A., Ed.D., and Ph.D. A Certificate in Adult Training and Development and a certificate in Adult Education is also offered. The students bring with them knowledge and experience in diverse adult education settings, including families, communities, not-for-profit organizations, corporate workplaces, hospitals, and unions. Examples of expertise in the program include aboriginal education; arts-based inquiry, citizenship education; community social and economic development; comparative education; environment; feminist and anti-racist praxis; international development; lifelong learning; literacy; organizational learning and changes; participatory democracy; social movements learning; transformative learning.

Centre for Environment, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
The Centre for Environment offers several major programs of study for undergraduates: Core programs which include Environment and Science (Bachelor of Science degree), Environmental Policy and Practice (Bachelor's degree), and Environment and Society (Bachelor's degree). It also offers Collaborative Specialist Programs and Directed Environmental Programs.

The Centre for Environment offers two major collaborative programs of study for graduate students: The Environmental Studies Collaborative Program and The Environment and Health Collaborative Program, and one professional degree program: Master of Environmental Science.