The professional program in architecture at McGill is divided into two parts: the first is a six-semester program that leads to the B.Sc.(Arch.), and the second, for students with the B.Sc. (Arch.), or equivalent, is a three-semester program that leads to the professional degree, M.Arch. (Professional). It has long been a requirement that students acquire a minimum of six months of work experience in an architect's office before completing the professional program. Students do not receive academic credit for this work experience, but are required to submit a detailed report which must be approved by the School.
The Work Experience Guideline has now been revised to clarify the intention of the requirement and to permit two months of the six-month internship to be completed during the M.Arch. (Professional) program:
In other words, students in the B.Sc. (Arch.) program who intend to proceed to the professional degree must complete a minimum of four months of work experience before entering the M.Arch. (Professional) program, and an additional two months prior to the last semester of the M.Arch. (Professional) program, for a total of six months of work experience. At least four of the six months must be completed from Category A, but the requirement of four months of experience for admission to the M.Arch. (Professional) program may include work from both categories.
Relevant work completed after four semesters (up to a maximum of twelve months) may be counted toward the work experience requirement for architectural registration.
Category A - Architectural Work Experience: (minimum 4 months)
Includes work that is directly related to architectural practice. Examples are:
- Professional architectural office
- Building division or facilities office of a school board, hospital, university, or corporation
- Professional engineering office
- Building & planning office of a municipality
- Architectural office of a construction company
Category B - Related Work Experience: (maximum two months)
Includes work that is not directly related to architectural practice but would contribute to a student's experience in relation to future architectural practice. Examples are:
- Architectural Research (for example, with the John Bland Canadian Architecture Collection or Canadian Centre for Architecture)
- Architectural Surveys
- Photography/graphic work
The School does not operate a coop-style employment office in the school; in other words, students are expected to find their own employment. However, the School maintains an official "Job Notice Board", located on the second floor of the Macdonald-Harrington Building, coordinates visits by professionals visiting the school to recruit staff, and attempts to employ as many students as possible on campus when opportunities arise. Typically, 6-8 students will find summer employment in the School or with individual professors, and with the University's Department of Facilities Management. Students are also able to take advantage of placement services available at the MECC (McGill Engineering Career Centre).