The MUI is a 20-month program. Year 1 consists of a set of core courses common to all incoming students. In the summer term between Year 1 and Year 2, students will participate in a required summer internship opportunity. Year 2 is comprised of elective courses and a capstone course that includes a Major Research Project.

MUI – Course Offerings by Year


Fall 2020

MUI 1010H Intro to Management of Urban Innovation
MUI 1020H Civic Engagement and Economic Development
MUI 1060H Local and Regional Government: Management and Policymaking
MUI 1075H Digital Cities
MUI 1090H Technology, Strategy & Policy

Winter 2021
MUI 1030H Urban and Regional Economic Development Theory
MUI 1040H Socially Sustainable Cities: Theory, Policy and Practice
MUI 1050H Urban Politics
MUI 1080H Economic Development Planning

Summer (Year 1) – 0.5 Core Courses:

MUI 1100H Summer Internship/Co-op Placement



MUI2095H Capstone Course

In Year 2, students will enroll in 5 elective courses in the Fall term and 3 elective courses as well as a research-intensive capstone course in the Winter/Spring Term. Year 2 courses are drawn from a variety of disciplines and programs including: Engineering, Geography, Global Affairs, Management, Political Science, Planning, Sustainability Management and Urban Innovation.

Students have the opportunity to take electives* with other departments dependent on the approval of the home department. 

Below are sample electives offerings that students may be interested in taking.

Year 2 electives can fall into any of the following three concentrations:

Sample Elective Courses

Urban Innovation: Analysis and Policy

MUI 2010H Sectoral Analysis
MUI 2020H Microeconomics of Competitiveness
MUI 2030H Planning for Jobs: Labour Market Transformations and Employment in 21st Century Cities
POL 2394HH Innovation and Knowledge Flows in City-Regions
GLA 2018H Innovation and the City
MUI 2050H The Economics of Cities and Regions: Productivity, Technology and Jobs
JPG 1607H Geography of Competition
RSM 2132H Prosperity and Competitiveness 

Urban Sustainability and Infrastructure

JMG 2020H Big Data and Global Cities
MUI 2040H Real Estate Development
MUI 2055H Cities Industry and the Environment
SSM 1080H Strategies for Sustainability Management
JPG 1558H Transportation: Historical and Geographic Perspectives
GGR 1610H Geography of Finance and Financial Crisis
PLA 1801H Urban Infrastructure Planning

Urban Politics and Governance
MUI 2060H Comparative Urban Politics
MUI 2070H Planning and Governing the Metropolis
MUI 2080H Intelligent Communities/Smart Cities
MUI 2090H Public Finance in Canadian Cities
JPG 1512H Place, Politics and the Urban

*Electives offerings are subject to change year to year