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The selection of university courses anticipating graduate studies in architecture should emphasize a breadth and mix of academic experience, including exposure to some aspect of visual communication. Irrespective of specific degree requirements within various faculties or universities, university-level coursework in mathematics, physics, English literature, and composition is desirable. Beyond specific academic experiences, students entering the Master of Architecture program should demonstrate interest and potential in the creative arts and architecture.

Please visit the School for information and guidance in preparation for entry.

Candidates for admission to the Master of Architecture program are generally required to hold the academic equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate degree from UBC. In at least four years of study, candidates should have obtained a B+ average in third- and fourth-year coursework. Applicants must in addition demonstrate creative potential and aptitude for the study of architecture.

Applicants must submit all of the following by January 4:

  • Application Form and fee information.
  • Biographical statement. A brief summary (in resumé form) including work experience, travel, or other relevant experience.
  • Statement of interest. A brief statement of the reasons for desiring to study architecture as well as reasons for selecting Architecture at UBC.
  • Portfolio. A portfolio of work demonstrating aptitude and experience in creative endeavours and evidence of graphic skills. Additional information and instructions pertaining to the presentation of the portfolio are available by email.
  • Transcripts. Two official transcripts of all post-secondary study completed to date (up to, and including, December grades) received in sealed, endorsed envelopes. If an applicant is currently completing a degree, an evaluation will be made on the transcripts to date. Acceptance will be conditional on the successful completion of the bachelor's degree according to the academic requirements, and receipt of a final, official transcript confirming the degree awarded.
  • Letters of reference. A minimum of three letters of reference from persons who can best assess the applicant's initiative and academic, analytical, and creative abilities. These must be received through the online application system (see the School's website) or in sealed, endorsed envelopes.

Places are awarded on a competitive basis as interest in the program far exceeds available resources and facilities. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to not admit applicants who nominally meet the entrance requirements. All admissions must be approved by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

A week-long workshop course in late August is mandatory for entering students. Details about the workshop course are provided with the letter of offer. Students who are unable to attend must re-apply for admission at a later date.

Readmission and Reinstatement

For regulations concerning readmission and reinstatement, see Withdrawal, Reinstatement and Readmission.

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