How to apply

What you need and how to apply.

Undergraduate

Explore architecture, planning, and landscape architecture and learn about the future of city building with our stream of design courses and the Minor in Architectural Studies. 

Are you a student in your second or third year? If so, you are eligible for the Minor in Architectural Studies. Applications are accepted between October 1 and February 1.

  1. Application

    If you are a UCalgary student, submit a change of program request with your advisor or in your Student Centre.

    If you transferring from another university, submit the application for your desired program. Following this, email us with the subject line "ARST Minor Application" to apply for the ARST minor.

  2. Supporting document

    Submit one PDF file containing a one-page statement of interest, and a portfolio containing six works representing your design ability and range.

    When you email your PDF, include the subject line "ARST application".

Graduate Professional: Application Checklists

SAPL offers three accredited professional-masters degrees to put students on the path to becoming architects, planners and landscape architects.

  1. Have you completed or are you in your final year of a four-year undergraduate degree?
  2. Do you have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher from the last two years of study? Do you have a portfolio of creative work?

If you answered yes to these questions, consider applying!

Applications are accepted from September 1 to January 15.

Have your eID ready to apply. If you don't have one, you'll be prompted to create one. Once in the system, select "School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape", then select the degree.

The non-refundable application fee is CDN $125 for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and CDN $145 for international students attending on a Study Permit.

  1. Statement of interest (MPlan & MLA)

    Let us know what motivates you through stories, experiences and examples of places and spaces that have challenged and inspired you. Include responses to these questions:

    1. Why is design important to society?
    2. What about our program drew you to apply with us?
    3. How do you think a design education here will influence your future?
    4 What do you hope your contributions to our program will be?

  2. Transcripts

    Provide one official transcript from your post-secondary institutions. If your degree is from UCalgary, you do not need to send a transcript. Transcripts can be sent directly from the institution, or you can bundle and send together. All envelopes must be sealed and signed. If you attended university outside of Canada, please review international admissions requirements.

    Deliver official transcripts to:

    Admissions: School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
    University of Calgary
    2500 University Drive NW
    Calgary, AB, Canada, T2N 1N4

  3. Digital portfolio

    This is your chance to make a great impression! The admissions committee is looking for evidence of creative ability and/or potential. Graphic organization of the portfolio, including typography and layout, are also considered.

    Include creative work in any field or medium, along with short descriptions. Your portfolio should be a PDF file under 30 MB, 25 pages, with page size around 8.5" x 11". Name the file "Lastname_Firstname_ Program_2019.pdf".

  4. Resume

    Present your background.

  5. References

    Provide three referees, with names and contact information: both phone and email, in your online application.

  6. Proof of English proficiency

    If English is not your first language, you are required to demonstrate proof of English language proficiency.

Graduate Research

SAPL offers three, thesis-based, research degrees for recent graduates and seasoned professionals to develop an expertise in a particular area of practice.

  1. Have you completed a four-year undergraduate degree?
  2. Do you have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher from the last two years of study?
  3. Do you have a portfolio of creative work?

If you answered yes to these questions, consider applying for an MEDes.

Applications are accepted from September 1 to February 1.

Have your eID ready to apply. If you don't have one, you'll be prompted to create one. Once in the system, select "School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape", then select the degree.

The non-refundable application fee is CDN $125 for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and CDN $145 for international students attending on a Study Permit.

  1. Statement of Research Interest

    Include why you're pursuing an MEDes; educational, professional and personal background alignment with environmental design; your research within an interdisciplinary context; personal/professional goals and how MEDes furthers this "vision"

    Maximum of two pages. A CV can be included with the statement. Submit together as one PDF document.

  2. Examples of Work

    One example of your academic or professional productivity such as a written essay, published paper, thesis, design project, consulting report.

    Combine material into one PDF document.

  3. Digital Portfolio (if applicable)

    If you have a art/design background, submit a PDF portfolio, with the following specifications:

    • 8.5" x 11" page size, maximum 25 pages
    • First and last name on cover page and on footer of each page
    • Indicate your specific role on group projects 
    • Filename: Lastname_Firstname_MEDes_2018portfolio.pdf
    • Maximum file size 30 MB
  4. Funding

    While funding is available through the University, SAPL and externally, these sources are limited and competitive. Students should have the financial resources to attend the program if admitted, and seek scholarship and student award funding to supplement. Please provide a two-year funding plan with evidence of sufficient funding to carry out the program of study. One page PDF.

  5. Transcripts

    Provide one official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended, including the University of Calgary. Transcripts can be sent directly to SAPL from the institution, or you can bundle and send together. All envelopes must be sealed and signed.

    If you attended university in another country, review international admissions requirements.

    Deliver official transcripts to:

    Admissions: School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
    University of Calgary
    2500 University Drive NW
    Calgary, AB, Canada, T2N 1N4

  6. Reference letters

    Three appropriate reference letters (at least two should be academic) dated within 12 months of application date. Once the applicant's online form has been submitted, referees will be provided a link via email to complete an online reference.

  7. Proof of English proficiency

    If you are applying from a country where English is not one of the official languages, you are required to demonstrate proof of English language proficiency.

  8. Supervision

    To be considered for admission, an applicant must have potential for a qualified supervisor within the faculty. It is useful contact faculty members who may share similar research interests, whether in person, or by phone or email. We do not, however, require that applicants identify a supervisor at the time of application.

1. Have you completed Master`s degree from a recognized institution?

2. Do you have a grade point average (GPA) above 3.50 on a 4-point scale?

If you answered yes to these questions, consider applying for a PhD.

Applications are accepted from September 1 to February 1.

Have your eID ready to apply. If you don't have one, you'll be prompted to create one. Once in the system, select "School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape", then select the degree.

The non-refundable application fee is CDN $125 for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and CDN $145 for international students attending on a Study Permit.

  1. Research Statement

    The statement must include these sections: background, research questions, literature review, research methodology, intellectual merit of the proposed research, and broader impacts of the proposed research. Also indicate if ethics approval is required to carry out the proposed research. Maximum 1500 words.

  2. Transcripts

    One official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended.
     

  3. Reference letters

    Three appropriate letters of reference (at least two should be academic). Referees will be notified by email (once the applicant's online form has been submitted) and provided a link to complete an online reference. 

  4. Example(s) of work

    At least one example of the applicant's previous academic or professional productivity such as a written essay, published paper, thesis, design project, consulting report - uploaded through the online application. A design portfolio is optional, and would be additional to the required written example of work.

  5. Curriculum Vitae

    Upload to the online application.

A minimum GPA of 3.5 is required, although accommodations will be made based on demonstration of extensive professional practice experience and accomplishment. You should possess at least five years of professional practice experience following a professional master’s degree, or seven years following a terminal or professional undergraduate degrees. In your application, highlight professional work, the nature of the research you expect to undertake and demonstrate your ability to conduct doctoral-level, creative, design practice-based research. 

After you've submitted the application, you’ll be invited to an interview (either in person or online).

Applications are accepted from September 1 to February 1.

Have your eID ready to apply. If you don't have one, you'll be prompted to create one. Once in the system, select "School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape", then select the degree.

The non-refundable application fee is CDN $125 for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and CDN $145 for international students attending on a Study Permit.

  1. Research Proposal

    The statement must include the following sections: researcher background, context of the research proposal, research questions, and broader impacts of the proposed research. Indicate potential supervisors and/or committee members, and whether they have been contacted. Maximum 2500 words.

  2. Portfolio

    Provides examples of the applicant’s design work, professional work, consulting reports, policy reviews, research, creative thinking, community action, planning products, or graphics and visual communication. 

  3. Curriculum Vitae

    Upload with the online application.

  4. Reference Letters

    Two are required.

  5. Proof of English proficiency

    If you are applying from a country where English is not one of the official languages, you are required to demonstrate proof of English language proficiency.

Post-Professional Programs

Boost your expertise, build your CV, and optimize your career with our growing selection of programs and courses for practicing architects, planners, and landscape architects. 

The Built and Landscape Heritage Certificate advances professional practice in heritage conservation. It explores links between heritage conservation theory and practice through the lens of research, policy analysis and design intervention at different scales — from a single site to a broad landscape complex.

This certificate is designed for early and mid-career practitioners in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, engineering and related disciplines. Students can continue to work during their certificate studies, while completing three block courses and one self-directed study within one year. 

Industry input provided a clear blueprint for the curriculum, resulting in relevant study for today’s practitioners. Canada’s Historic Places Initiative along with the supporting frameworks provided by international, federal, provincial and municipal agencies also informed development of the curriculum.

To be eligible, you must posses a four-year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution, and a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the last two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units).

  1. Work samples

    One example of previous academic or professional work submitted in digital form (portable document .PDF files), to be submitted with the online application.

  2. Documents

    • Transcripts
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of interest (1,000 word maximum) outlining your reasons for pursuing the certificate, and how your educational background and professional experience relates to heritage conservation.
  3. Reference letters

    Three

  4. English language proficiency

    An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

    • TOEFL score of 105 (Internet-based). Our institution code is 0813.
    • IELTS score of 7.5 (Academic version).
    • Tier 3 of the International Foundations Program with minimum grades of A,A,A (Writing & Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency).
    • Graduation from a degree program offered by an accredited university in a country in which the language of instruction is English.

The Designing Smart and Secure Communities certificate program provides professionals with specialized, research-based academic training in community security, including Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) as well as the technological, social and cultural aspects of creating a smart community. In the program, you will learn the principles of smart communities and specific ways to employ technologies to make communities safer and smarter, while respecting privacy. In the final Integrative Project, you wiII conduct a supervised inquiry applying safe and smart community principals to a real-world project. 

  1. Work samples

    One example of previous academic or professional work submitted in digital form (portable document .PDF files), to be submitted with the online application.

  2. Documents

    • Transcripts
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of interest (1,000 word maximum) outlining your reasons for pursuing the certificate, and how your educational background and professional experience relates to the topic.
  3. Reference letters

    Three

  4. English Language Proficiency

    An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

    • TOEFL score of 105 (Internet-based). Our institution code is 0813.
    • IELTS score of 7.5 (Academic version).
    • Tier 3 of the International Foundations Program with minimum grades of A,A,A (Writing & Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency).
    • Graduation from a degree program offered by an accredited university in a country in which the language of instruction is English.

Sample Graduate Professional Application Portfolios

Questions about your graduate professional application? 

MArch Foundation Year - Elizabeth Cook

MArch Foundation Year - Marshall Evens

MArch Foundation Year - Alexis Valentine

MArch First Year (M1) - Seanna Guillemin

MArch First Year (M1) - Cody Beaudry

MPlan - Anonymous

MPlan - Lauren Armeneau

MPlan - Zoe Crandall

MPlan - Tyesha McGann

MLA - Emma Brodie

MLA - Justin Bhatia

ARST Minor - Farrah Elatty

ARST Minor Student

ARST Minor - Beatriz Martins

ARST Minor - Matthew McArthur


Note: The application process is competitive, and unfortunately not all qualified applicants meeting the requirements may be admitted. Refer to the current University of Calgary Calendar and the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar for further information on admissions.


Tuition and Fees

Learn about how general, supplementary and tuition fees are calculated.

Scholarships and Awards

To help fund your education, you're automatically considered for entrance scholarships and awards upon application — but there are a few scholarships students need to apply for individually. 

Chat with us

A number of open houses, portfolio sessions, webinars and tours are available to help you learn more about the school and programs. Professors and admissions administrators can help answer your questions.