This three-year accredited professional degree takes a broad approach to design and sustainability. Our students and alumni become leaders in the field as a result of the program's innovative curriculum, organized around the design studio, delivered by an energetic and dedicated group of faculty members, sessional instructors and guests, and supplemented by a very generous scholarship program for its students. The program offers a comprehensive set of enrichment opportunities, including Block Week courses, the Design Matters Lecture Series, and study abroad programs (Barcelona, Tokyo, and the Pacific Northwest).
Students may be required to complete a foundation year, depending on background.
Completing this program
Foundation Year: Required for applicants without a design-related four year undergraduate degree.
Additional Courses: Urban Design Theory, Urban Systems and other electives.
- Core Courses: Conceptual Bases of Environmental Design; other topics including building science, structures, lighting, theories and more.
Block Week Course: Students will complete a block week course in the week preceding their first term
Architect, urban designer, furniture or product designer, historian, academic, theatre/set designer, video game designer, heritage architect, real estate developer, project/construction manager, civil servant.
A course-based master’s degree in architecture is usually considered a final degree
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.
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.
Original and/or creative work in any field or medium, and provide in writing a brief description of the work. The requirements for digital portfolio submissions are found in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape website at: https://sapl.ucalgary.ca/future-students/admissions/how-apply. The portfolio will be submitted in digital form (portable document .PDF files), uploaded by the applicant to their Student Centre upon submission of their online application.
- A statement of interest
- A C.V.
Applicants must demonstrate successful completion of one or more years of undergraduate-level coursework in four areas: Design, Technology, Graphics, and History/Theory (equivalent to the courses taken in the minor in Architectural Studies, or in the MArch Foundation year). In order to complete these prerequisite requirements, applicants may be admitted to the MArch Foundation or qualifying year. An assessment of these prerequisite requirements will be made by an admissions committee and applicants will be informed in offers of admission which, if any, courses at the Foundation level will be required.
English language proficiency
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 105.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.5.
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 59, or higher (Academic version).
- Canadian Academic English Language test (CAEL) score of 70 with no section less than 70.
- Academic Communication Certificate (ACC) score of A- in each course.
For admission on September 1:
- Canadians and permanent residents: Jan. 15 application deadline
- International students: Jan. 15 application deadline
If you're interested in this program, you might want to explore other UCalgary programs.