Prospective applicants are advised to use opportunities within their four-year recognized university undergraduate degree studies to develop knowledge in at least one and possibly more than one of the following areas: design, humanities, social sciences, arts, engineering, biological or earth sciences – including, wherever possible, studio, laboratory and collaborative learning experiences.
In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for Admission, the program requires:
a) Architectural Image Paragraph
Applicant to provide an image or photograph that holds architectural significance and write a paragraph (maximum 500 words) as to why they chose it. The words should clarify their choice and explain the relevance to the field.
b) Digital Portfolio
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 are found on the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape website at: sapl.ucalgary.ca/future-students/admissions/march.
c) Curriculum Vitae
A current copy of curriculum vitae (CV).
d) Reference Letters
Three reference letters, of which at least two should be academic.
e) Proof of English Proficiency
For applicants who are required to prove proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL score of 105 (Internet-based test); or an IELTS score of 7.5; or a CAEL overall score of 70 with a minimum score of 70 in each component. This requirement can also be met by completing the Academic Communication Certificate with a minimum grade of "A-" in each course.
Note: 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.