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Academic programs

Below are LINKS to the programs offered in Architecture.

Please NOTE: The professional M.Arch. is for those who want to complete their professional training to become an architect; the post-professional M.Arch. is for those who already have professional training and who wish to specialize.

Professional programs

The professional program in Architecture is divided into two parts:

  • B.Sc. (Arch.): six semesters / 100 credits (minimum)
  • M.Arch. (Professional) - Non-Thesis:
    • Design Studio (3 semesters / 45 credits) or
    • Design Studio - Directed Research (4 semesters / 60 credits)

The M.Arch. (Professional) degree is accredited by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB), and is recognized as accredited by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) in the United States.

In Canada, all provincial/territorial associations/institutes/orders recommend a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit Canadian professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes two types of accredited degrees: the Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) and the Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.). A program may be granted a six-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on its degree of conformance with established educational standards. Master’s degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree, which, when earned sequentially, comprise an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Note: If you are already an architect and are considering future studies, please apply to one of our M.Arch. (post-professional) programs (see below). If you wish to become a licensed architect in Canada, please contact the Canadian Architectural Certification Board.


Post-professional research programs

The School of Architecture offers post-professional M.Arch. (Non-Thesis) and Ph.D. programs.

Except for special cases, post-professional programs are for those who have already completed their professional training in architecture. If you have not completed your professional training, and are seeking an M.Arch. degree to become a licensed architect, see the section above: “Professional Programs."

  • M.Arch. (Non-Thesis):
    • Architectural History and Theory (45 credits)
    • Cultural Mediations and Technology (45 credits)
    • Urban Design and Housing (45 credits)
  • Ph.D.

Please note that the post-professional M.Arch. degree does not lead to membership in the Order of Architects of Quebec, the Royal Institute of British Architects, Commonwealth Association of Architects, or other associations.


Supervision: Graduate and Postdoctoral Support

The Supervision: Graduate and Postdoctoral Support website offers research and evidence-based advice to graduate students and their supervisors on how to work together effectively and avoid common problems in supervision.