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University of Calgary Calendar 2013-2014 Faculty of Environmental Design 3. Admissions
3. Admissions

Admission to graduate degree programs in the Faculty follows Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations and requirements and Degree Program admission requirements identified below. Current Graduate Studies and Faculty admission requirements are available on the University website.

Applicants to the Environmental Design degree program will require a four-year baccalaureate degree from a recognized university with a grade point average (GPA) in the final two years of study of at least 3.00 (based on a four-point grading system). The Faculty of Graduate Studies may approve special admission requests.

Consistent with Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, prior to admission to the Faculty of Environmental Design, all applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency for purposes of admission. Please refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies website (http://www.grad.ucalgary.ca) for current special admission request and English language proficiency requirements.

Because of limitations on enrolment, all applicants meeting admission requirements are not necessarily admitted.

Master of Architecture

Admission to the professional Architecture Program is a competitive process. Applicants must meet minimum Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements (including a 3.00 GPA and English proficiency) and the Architecture Program admission requirements (see the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar and additional information is also available on the Faculty of Environmental Design website). The three-year program includes a MArch Foundation Year and the two year MArch degree program. For admission to the two year MArch degree program, applicants must demonstrate successful completion of prerequisite requirements in four areas: Design, Technology, Communications, and History/Theory; this may be achieved in one of the following three ways:

  • Admission into the MArch Degree based on the completion of a recognized four year undergraduate degree with a minimum 3.00 GPA calculated on the final two years but needing to complete one or more of the ten half course prerequisites required for admission. A student with these qualifications would enter the MArch Foundation Year and complete its studies prior to taking the regular two year curriculum in the MArch.
  • Admission into the MArch Degree based on the completion of a four year undergraduate degree from the University of Calgary with a Minor in Architectural Studies (ARST) and a minimum 3.00 GPA calculated on the final two years.
  • Admission into the MArch Degree based on the completion of a recognized four year undergraduate pre-professional architecture degree (or equivalent) program with a minimum 3.00 GPA calculated on the final two years.

Candidates for the MArch Program (including those entering into the Foundation Year of the Program) must submit a digital portfolio (along with the other application requirements). Candidates for MArch must provide evidence of 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 can be found on the Environmental Studies website: http://evds.ucalgary.ca/content/master-architecture-march-admissions.

Students seeking advanced credit for courses should refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar.

Master of Planning

Admission to the Master of Program is a competitive process. Applicants must meet minimum Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements (including a 3.00 GPA and English proficiency) and the Planning Program admission requirements (see the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar and additional information is also available on the Faculty of Environmental Design website). In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the Faculty of Environmental Design requires:

a) A clear, well-written, statement of intent which describes the applicant's preference for one of the planning streams and how the applicant's specific educational background and professional or personal experience relates to Planning as a field of study and the applicant's future "vision" for pursuing a graduate degree in Environmental Design (related to personal and professional goals and intentions.

b) A "portfolio" of the applicant's work, as selected by the applicant, to include at least one example of the applicant’s previous academic or professional writing, such as a written essay, published research paper, major academic paper, design project or consulting report.

The portfolio may also include examples of the applicant’s design work or design thinking, including creative work or ideas, community action, planning or design products, or graphics and visual communication. If any of the work involved collaboration with others, please clearly identify what aspects of the work are from others. The portfolio should be submitted in digital form (portable document (PDF) files), uploaded by the applicant to their Student Centre upon submission of their online application.

c) Three reference letters.

Master of Environmental Design

Applicants for the Master of Environmental Design must provide:

a) Applicants must submit a clear, concise and substantive statement of interest, which informs the Admissions Committee of:

  • the applicant’s reasons for wanting to pursue the MEDes
  • how the applicant’s specific educational background and professional and personal experience relates to environmental design as a field of study
  • the applicant’s thesis research interests and ideas in the interdisciplinary context of environmental design, which informs the Admissions Committee of the applicant’s supervisory needs
  • the applicant's ‘vision’ (related to their personal and professional goals and intentions), how admission to the MEDes will assist in achieving these goals and anticipated outcomes from completion of the MEDes

b) Required: Applicants must submit at least one example of the applicant's previous academic or professional productivity such as a written essay, published research paper, major academic paper, thesis, design project, or consulting report. It is preferred these examples come in hard copy format.

In addition (optional): a 'portfolio’ of the applicant's choosing that provides examples of or illustrates the applicant’s design work, professional work, research, creative thinking, community action, planning products, or graphics and visual communication.

If any of the work submitted involved collaboration with others, please clearly identify what aspects of the work are from others. The examples of work and (if applicable) portfolio should be submitted in digital form (portable document (PDF) files), uploaded by the applicant to their Student Centre, upon submission of their online application.

c) Three reference letters.

Application Procedures

The deadline date for applications to the Master of Architecture, Master of Planning and Master of Environmental Design programs is February 1, for admission to the following Fall Term. Degree Program Admission Committees for the Master of Architecture, Master of Planning and Master of Environmental Design evaluate the respective pool of eligible candidates and recommend admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for the most qualified applicants. New admissions to all Master's Degree Programs may be limited in number as required on an annual basis.