Master of Architecture

Program Format

Delivery Format: Primarily In-Person
Enrollment Options: Full-time
Standard Duration: 20 months or longer without scheduled breaks

Fee Information

Fee Format: Per-Course Fee
International Tuition Fee: Payable based on credit hours of registration for a thesis-based program.

Program Overview

Master of Architecture consists of four academic terms in residence and an eight-month work term. It includes required courses that complete the core requirements for the School’s professional degree program. Elective courses also enable a student to focus on a particular area of study such as housing, urban design, history and theory, building technology, environmental design, or computer applications. In the final year each student works on a design thesis, supervised by a faculty member.

The MArch program begins in May. Most transfer students enter in January to take several senior undergraduate courses during the winter term before applying for MArch admission.


The School’s Master of Architecture program is fully accredited by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB). The entire six-year pathway consists of two years of general studies at a recognized university, followed by two years of undergraduate study at the School of Architecture (BEDS) and two years of graduate study at the School of Architecture (MArch).

In Canada, the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) is the sole agency authorized by the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) to accredit Canadian professional degree programs in architecture for the purposes of architectural licensure.

After receiving the professional degree, a graduate may fulfill additional requirements for professional registration, including a period of post-graduate practical experience and the completion of registration examinations. In Canada, these additional requirements are determined by provincial organizations that are empowered to register an individual for professional practice. A United States citizen who graduates from the School’s MArch program is qualified to become an architectural intern and complete the examination for professional registration there. Applicants from other countries are advised to contact their national architectural organization about requirements for professional registration.