A post-professional master’s degree tailored to recent graduates of professional architecture, planning, or landscape architecture programs — those who want to develop an area of specialization early in their career. As a research-intensive, thesis-based degree, emerging professionals can pursue their education beyond their professional degree to develop an area of expertise or practice specialization that will enhance their CV, increase their value to prospective employers, and accelerate their career objectives.
The MEDes is a 16-month program with a Spring or Fall start.
Admission to the MEDes is competitive as there is limited supervisory capacity and research areas. We can only offer admission to applicants who we can match with a supervisor. We don’t require applicants to have a confirmed supervisor upon application, however it’s strongly recommended to reach out to any professors whose research interests match yours. You will be asked to list the names of a few professors you feel are a good fit in your online application form.
Required courses address fundamental principles and conceptual paradigms of design-based research. Courses establish the context in which students define their research project.
- APLA 670 Design Research Methods
- APLA 672 Design Research Writing
- APLA 674 Design Innovation
- Minimum 3 units of elective credit, course(s) selected in consultation with the supervisor
- Thesis proposal approved by the supervisor
- Execution of thesis research
- Submission of a thesis document describing the research and its findings
- Satisfactory completion of the Thesis Oral Examination
For thesis format details, submission and other regulations and forms, visit Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Mitacs Accelerate Program
Students enrolled in the Mitacs Accelerate stream partake in a unique version of the MEDes that partners students with leading design firms. Students split the time of their studies between a paid internship, courses, thesis-writing, and defense.
In the application, students should identify an area of interest within SAPL's broader research program, and after admissions, work under a faculty supervisor with aligned research. To establish the internship, the student, supervising professor, and organization develop a research project together. Internships are four months long and can be one or two terms.