Master of Architecture (MArch) Admissions

Applications are accepted September 1 through to January 15

Master of Architecture (MArch)

Applications for the Master of Architecture program are accepted between September 1 and January 15. Students can follow along in  the UCalgary Student Centre to see if any documentation is missing. Decision from the selection committee will be provided by end of March. The application process is competitive, and unfortunately not all qualified applicants meeting the requirements may be admitted. Refer to the University of Calgary Calendar and the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar for further information on admissions.

Admission requirements

Four-year undergraduate degree, ideally with experience in design, the humanities, social sciences, arts, engineering, biological and/or physical sciences – including, wherever possible, studio, laboratory and collaborative learning experiences.

A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

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

Application materials

The application is a two-step process. Submit your biographical information, degree information and referee information through the online application form. You'll also be prompted to pay your application fee during this process.

Once you've submitted the form you'll receive an email with instructions on where to upload supporting documents (transcripts, portfolio, resume, architectural image paragraph).

Create an eID to log in. If you already have an eID, you can begin your online application

Once in the online application form, scroll down in the program list to Environmental Design, then select the degree. For the MArch program, you will first select "Environmental Design" and then see the Master of Architecture on the next screen.

Remember to click 'Save & Continue' often to ensure your application is saved.

Provide one official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended. If you attended UCalgary, you do not need to submit a transcript for that/those degree(s). Transcripts can be sent directly to the University of Calgary 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:

Faculty of Graduate Studies, ES 1010
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, Canada, T2N 1N4

If your post-secondary institution has the capacity to email official transcripts, they should now be sent directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at gradtranscripts@ucalgary.caThese must be emailed by the school, transcripts emailed by the applicant will not be accepted.

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_2021.pdf".

A summary of your experiences in education, work, travel, volunteering, and other relevant areas. 

Provide three referees, with names and contact information: both phone and email, in your online application. Ideally two are academic, but three professional references are acceptable if you have been done school for several years.

Provide an image you have found or photograph you have taken that holds architectural significance and write a paragraph (maximum 500 words) as to why you chose it. The words should clarify your choice and explain the relevance to the field.

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.

If you hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited North American architecture program and are applying to the two-year MArch, you must complete and submit this form with your application. Email your course outlines (a separate pdf document for each course you list in the form) with your UCID number to by February 15. If the files are large please email using a link to a file-sharing site.

UCalgary applicants with the Minor in Architectural Studies are not required to do this. ARST Minor and Foundation Year/three-year program applicants can email to request this form requirement be waived from their application - be sure to include your UCID in the email.

MArch and MLA applicants regarding the 2-year streams: our two-year curriculum is designed for those holding a four-year undergraduate degree or its equivalent in architecture or landscape architecture, with significant studio experience in architectural or landscape architecture design.

Sample Graduate Professional Application Portfolios

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

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