Students presently registered (or who had attended but withdrew before completion of program) at McGill University in another program are welcome to apply to transfer.
There are two types of McGill internal transfer applicants. The Inter-Faculty transfer identifies applicants wishing to transfer from one Faculty to another Faculty within McGill University. The Intra-Faculty transfer identifies applicants wishing to transfer from within the Faculty, in this case, the Faculty of Engineering.
Application deadline: MAY 1.
Document submission deadline: MAY 1.
The B.Sc.(Arch.) program is a limited-enrollment program. Therefore, inter-faculty and intra-faculty transfer students are required to have completed most, if not all, of the following minimum prerequisite courses:
- One course of differential calculus (MATH 140 or MATH 139)
- One course of linear algebra (MATH 133)
- Two courses of science (PHYS 131, and 1-3 credit course at the 100- or 200-level with subject codes of ATOC, COMP, ENVR and EPSC
- 13 credits from among any 100- and 200-level courses with the subject codes of AFRI (African Studies), ANTH (Anthropology), ARTH (Art History), CANS (Canadian Studies), CATH (Catholic Studies), CLAS (Classics), COMS (Communication Studies), EAST (East Asian Studies), ECON (Economics), ENGL (English), FREN (French), GEOG (Geography), GSFS (Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice), GERM (German), HISP (Hispanic Studies), HIST (History), INDG (Indigenous Studies), ISLA (Islamic Studies), ITAL (Italian), JWST (Jewish Studies), LING (Linguistics), LLCU (Languages, Literatures and Cultures), MUAR (Music - Arts Faculty), PHIL (Philosophy), POLI (Political Science), PSYC (Psychology), RELG (Religious Studies), RUSS (Russian), SOCI (Sociology).
As admission to architecture is not guaranteed, it is highly recommended that McGill students in other programs follow the curriculum of the program in which they have been admitted. Any modifications should be discussed with their current program Advisor.
Please refer further to the B.Sc.(Arch.) Plan of Study, which is available at: https://www.mcgill.ca/architecture/programs/freshman/current-students/program-advising-and-course-registration.
Application procedures may be found by visiting the Faculty Transfer & Readmission page of the Faculty of Engineering website.
In addition to the required documents listed, applicants to the B.Sc.(Arch.) program must provide the following:
- Two letters of recommendation, which can be e-mailed by your referees directly to: Profdegree.architecture [at] mcgill.ca
- Curriculum vitae or resume.
- Portfolio - The portfolio may be submitted as a maximum 15-page, 8 ½” x 11” or A4 PDF document, in either portrait or landscape orientation, and shall not exceed 10 MB in size. The limit of 15 pages does not include the front and back covers, the curriculum vitae and the Table of Contents. If the portfolio includes text in any language other than English or French, please provide translations into either English or French.
The Portfolio should include the following:
- A Table of Contents (maximum 1 page)
- Evidence of original work that reveals your creative and design skills, and your interest in architecture and the environment (maximum 10 pages): this includes, without being limited to, freehand sketches, paintings, sculpture, furniture design, photography, technical drawings, and digital and/or physical model-making. You may include work done in any media. Each image, or series of images, should be identified with a caption that clearly explains the context for each work with the following information:
- a title, if appropriate;
- the date of the work;
- whether the work is the product of a self-directed study or an assignment or project in an academic course;
- if the work was produced in a course, please be sure to identify the name of the course and the institution, the timeframe for the assignment, any co-authors and, in the case of a group project, your contribution;
- At least 6 images (freehand sketches and/or photographs), with captions, of an interesting building near your home. (maximum 2 pages)
- Include any other material that provides additional evidence of your creativity, verbal and graphic communications skills, and interest in architecture. (maximum 3 pages)
The e-portfolio (pdf), and curriculum vitae can be e-mailed directly to: Profdegree.architecture [at] mcgill.ca. In the subject line of your e-mail, please indicate “McGill Internal Transfer Applicant – Your name/student number”.
Please note: McGill graduates in another discipline will need to apply through the main McGill Undergraduate Admissions Office.
Please visit the Faculty Transfer & Readmission page of the Faculty of Engineering website for further information on Returning/Readmit students. In addition to the instructions provided, students who were enrolled in the B.Sc. (Arch.) program should also contact profdegree.architecture [at] mcgill.ca (Mary Lanni-Campoli).