Master of Architecture (MArch)

Course-based program

Program overview

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, and delivered by an energetic and dedicated group of faculty members, sessional instructors and professional guests. The program is supplemented by a very generous scholarship program for the students and offers a comprehensive set of enrichment opportunities, including Block Week courses, the Design Matters Lecture Series, and study abroad programs (Barcelona, Tokyo, and Zurich).

Completing this program

  • Foundation Year: Required for applicants without a design-related four year undergraduate degree.

  • Core Courses: Design studio each term; 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

  • Additional Courses: Urban Design Theory, Urban Systems, and other electives.


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.

The course-based Master of Architecture degree is the professional program required for becoming a licensed Architect in jurisdictions across Canada, the United States, and the European Union. Students can also continue their academic studies by pursuing the Master of Environmental Design (MEDes) degree.

Course-based program

Nine foundation year courses; thirteen core and seven elective courses

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Two years full-time (in addition to foundation year); six years maximum


No supervisor is required

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Admission requirements


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of study (a minimum of 20 courses or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

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.


Applicants are required to submit a digital application package consisting of 1) a digital portfolio, 2) a resume/CV, and 3) an architectural image paragraph. These documents should be submitted as a single .PDF document with a cover letter (include your full name) and a table of contents for clarity. The package should be uploaded to the Student Centre following submission of an online application. Additional descriptions, specifications, and details about the digital portfolio, resume, and architectural image paragraph can be found on the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape website at:

Foundation Year

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). 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.

Reference letters


Test scores


English language proficiency

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


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Jan. 15 application deadline
  • International students: Jan. 15 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Professional Faculties Building, PF 2182

2500 University Drive NW

Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4


Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

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