The M.A.S.A. program allows a student to investigate an area within the broad field of architecture in collaboration with one or more members of the Faculty. The demonstrated ability to carry out independent research is critical. A well-defined Statement of Research Interests and Proposal is the primary indicator of the student's potential in the selected area. Major research thrusts within the program include environmental imperatives, history and cultural studies, advanced design research, and advanced research in digital applications. Information on research interests of individual faculty is available at Architecture.
Information for prospective M.A.S.A. applicants is available in the Prospectus on request and at Architecture. Students are selected on a competitive basis dependent on the research interests of the faculty. Applicants interested in the M.A.S.A. program are encouraged to contact individual faculty members to discuss their goals and proposed research topic area in advance of the application deadline.
Applicants must submit the following by January 10:
- Application Form and fee information.
- Transcripts. Two official transcripts of all post-secondary study should be received in sealed, endorsed envelopes. The admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies must be fulfilled prior to being considered by the program's Admissions Committee.
- Letters of reference. Three letters of reference from persons who can best assess the applicant's ability in an independent research program. These must be received through the online application system (see the School's website) or in sealed, endorsed envelopes.
- Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL). Applicants whose first language is not English must pass the TOEFL exam with a minimum score of 100 on the internet-based exam.
- Biographical statement. A chronological listing in resumé form including education, work experience, travel, and other relevant experience. Prose form can be used to elaborate on key areas of the resumé.
- Portfolio of professional or academic work.
- Statement of research intent. A minimum 500-word statement discussing background education and work experience in the selected area of study and giving a clear outline of the area of research to be pursued.