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University of Calgary Calendar 2018-2019 Faculty of Environmental Design 4. Program Descriptions
4. Program Descriptions

For program information for the following graduate programs, refer to the Graduate Calendar:

Master of Architecture (MArch)

The Master of Architecture is a course-based first professional degree offering a three-year curriculum based on a two year MArch program, plus a Foundation Year when deemed appropriate. The Canadian Architectural Certification Board accredits the degree, and prepares students for practice as registered architects in North America.

Master of Environmental Design (MEDes)

The Master of Environmental Design is a thesis-based interdisciplinary degree program concerned with designing, planning, managing, and studying human activities in the built and natural environments.

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

The Master of Landscape Architecture is a course-based first professional degree program, offering a three-year curriculum, based on a two-year MLA program, plus a Foundation Year when deemed appropriate. The curriculum reflects the requirements for accreditation by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. The program will be seeking accreditation with the graduation of our first cohort in 2018.

Master of Planning (MPlan)

The Master of Planning is a course-based first professional degree program, offering a two-year curriculum emphasizing sustainabililty, interdisciplinarity, physical planning and urban design. The Professional Standards Board of the Canadian Institute of Planners accredits the degree.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy is a thesis-based interdisciplinary degree program involving research inquiry in thematic areas related to Architecture, Planning, and Sustainable Design across the spectrum of faculty research expertise and professional planning experience.

Minor Field of Specialization in Architectural Studies

The courses required for the Minor are equivalent to the courses in the MArch Foundation Year, and constitute the prerequisites for the University of Calgary’s two-year MArch degree. Completion of this Minor does not guarantee admission to the MArch or to other degree programs in the Faculty of Environmental Design, but it may reduce the number of courses that are required for an MArch. Students completing the Minor must apply for admission to the MArch degree.

Students interested in pursuing an MArch at the University of Calgary should note that only those students who have completed a four-year degree are considered for admission. A three-year Bachelor of Communication and Culture coupled with the Minor is not sufficient.

Field of Architectural Studies

The Field of Architectural Studies consists of the following courses:

Architectural Studies 423, 444, 449, 451, 453, 457.01, 457.02, 484.


The following 30 units (5.0 full-course equivalents) must be completed successfully to achieve the Minor:

The following optional elective courses in Environmental Design are also available to students in the Minor:

  • Environmental Design Block 697.33 Field Trip
  • Other electives with approval of the Associate Dean (Academic – Architecture)

Other undergraduate courses in Environmental Design available to all students include: