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For program information for the following graduate programs, refer to the Graduate Calendar: ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/grad/current/architecture-planning-landscape-sapl.

Master of Architecture (MArch)

The Master of Architecture is a course-based first professional degree offering a studio-based three-year curriculum based on a two-year MArch program, plus a Foundation Year. The Canadian Architectural Certification Board accredits the degree and prepares students for practice as registered architects in North America. Note: Applicants with previous related design degrees (e.g. a Bachelor of Architecture) may have some or all the foundation year courses waived.

Master of Environmental Design (MEDes)

The Master of Environmental Design is a thesis-based research degree normally intended for recent graduates and early career practitioners in architecture, planning, and landscape architecture who wish to research a particular topic, in greater depth, across the spectrum of faculty research expertise.

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

The Master of Landscape Architecture is a course-based first professional degree program, offering a studio-based three-year curriculum, based on a two-year MLA program, plus a Foundation Year. The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects accredits the degree which prepares students for practice as registered Landscape Architects.

Master of Planning (MPlan)

The Master of Planning is a course-based first professional degree program, offering a studio-based two-year curriculum emphasizing sustainability, interdisciplinarity, physical planning and urban design. The Professional Standards Board of the Canadian Institute of Planners accredits the degree which prepares students for practice as registered Professional Planners.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy is a thesis-based degree normally involving advanced research inquiry in architecture, planning, and landscape architecture across the spectrum of faculty research expertise.

Doctor of Design (DDes)

The Doctor of Design is a thesis-based degree for mid-career architects, landscape architects, planners, and other creative professionals and educators with significant practice-based experience, who want to explore a focused area of applied creative design practice-based research.

Undergraduate Certificate, Sustainability Studies

The University of Calgary offers an interdisciplinary embedded Certificate in Sustainability Studies which can be taken in conjunction with most undergraduate degree programs1. Any undergraduate student, in good academic standing, is eligible for admission to the certificate in Sustainability Studies. Undergraduate students must successfully complete their degree, and all other requirements for graduation, to receive their embedded certificate in Sustainability Studies.

1Certain programs may not be eligible to take the certificate, and some may require additional time and courses to complete. Programs not eligible for the certificate include Law, Nursing, Undergraduate Medical Education (UME), Social Work, and Veterinary Medicine.

Requirements

Undergraduate students must successfully complete a minimum of 18 units from the Field of Sustainability Studies while fulfilling the following requirements:

  • Core courses: 12 units from Sustainability Studies 201, 401, 403, 501.
  • Sustainability electives: An additional 6 units from the Field of Sustainability Studies, of which a minimum of 3 units must be at the 300-level or above. The Academic Co-ordinator of Sustainability Studies must approve elective courses.

Program Information

Program Office: School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (APL), Professional Faculties Building, Room: 2182
Website: ucalgary.ca/sustainability/certificate
Email: sustainability.cert@ucalgary.ca

Minor 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 School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, 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.

Requirements

The following 30 units must be completed successfully to achieve the Minor:

Undergraduate Courses in Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture

Undergraduate elective courses, available to all students, that introduce topics in architecture, planning, and landscape architecture include:

Junior Courses

Senior Courses

*When topic is appropriate.