Professional programs

B.Sc. (Arch.)

  1. Introduction
  2. Application procedures
  3. Applicants from within McGill
  4. Curriculum

M.Arch. (Professional)

  1. Introduction
  2. Application procedures
  3. Curriculum
  4. Graduate funding opportunities and School fellowships and financial aid

A group of B.Sc. (Arch.) graduates on Convocation Day, 29 May 2007, on the School steps DAVID KRAWITZ


B.Sc. (Arch.)


The professional program in Architecture is divided into two parts. The first part, for students entering with the Quebec Diploma of Collegial Studies in Pure and Applied Science, or the equivalent, is a three-year, minimum of six-semester, design-based program leading to a non-professional degree, Bachelor of Science (Architecture). Applicants whose background includes a university degree in an area not related to Architecture should apply to the B.Sc.(Arch.) program.

U1 students on a site visit at the École de technologie supérieure (Université du Québec), at the corner of Peel and Notre-Dame, September 2006 PIETER SIJPKES A study in cantilevers from the U2 studio section (Winter 2008) of Prof. Pieter Sijpkes PIETER SIJPKES


Application procedures

Applicants from Quebec (B.Sc. Arch.)

The Diploma of Collegial Studies (Diplôme d'Études Collégiales, DEC) in Pure and Applied Science is the minimum requirement for many programs, including admission into the School of Architecture. As part of the educational requirement for admission into the B.Sc.(Arch.) Program, the CEGEP (College d'enseignement général et professionel) curriculum guarantees that a minimum of 20% of the total hours required for the completion of the program is satisfied by courses in Liberal Studies and Humanitites. The CEGEP curriculum is a minimum two years in duration, and is the prerequisite to entering universities in Québec, including McGill University. Successful completion of CEGEP leads to the Diploma of Collegial Studies.

Applicants outside Quebec (B.Sc. Arch.)

Most students from outside Quebec are admitted to an eight-semester B.Sc.(Arch.) program and enter a first year which includes:

Course Credits
CHEM 110 - General Chemistry 1 4
CHEM 120 - General Chemistry 2 4
MATH 140 - Calculus 1 3
MATH 141 - Calculus 2 4
MATH 133 - Linear Algebra and Geometry 3
PHYS 131 - Mechanics and Waves 4
PHYS 142 - Electromagnetism & Optics 4


Students may write McGill Placement Tests to obtain credit for CHEM 110, CHEM 120, MATH 140, MATH 141, MATH 133, PHYS 131 and PHYS 142, in the event that they have studied similar material previously. Details on the advanced placement examinations are provided in the "Welcome" book.


Online application and Undergraduate Admissions Guide

Undergraduate Admissions Guide.

Additional documents required: PDF icon Portfolio

For B.Sc. (Arch.) APPLY HERE.


Proceeding from B.Sc. (Arch.) to M.Arch. (Professional)

Students in the B.Sc.(Arch.) program who intend to proceed to the professional degree must satisfy certain minimum requirements:

  • completion of the B.Sc.(Arch.) degree, including the series of required and complementary courses stipulated for professional studies, with a minimum CGPA of 3.0;
  • submission of a portfolio of work executed in the sequence of six design studios, as well as samples of professional and personal work;
  • completion of the minimum period of relevant work experience according to the current Work Experience Guidelines.

Prof. Pieter Sijpkes and his History of Housing class visit tipis on the central campus, September 2006 EMILY DENHOED


Applicants from within McGill University
(Inter-Faculty Transfer/Intra-Faculty Transfer/

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-enrolment program. Therefore inter-faculty and intra-faculty transfer students are required to have completed most, if not all, of the following prerequisite courses:

  • One semester of differential calculus
  • One semester of integral calculus
  • One semester of linear algebra
  • Two semesters of physics (mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics) with labs
  • Two semesters of general chemistry with labs

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:

  1. Two letters of recommendation, which can be mailed directly to the School as indicated below, or which can be given to the applicant in a sealed envelope for inclusion with the portfolio.
  2. Curriculum vitae or resume.
  3. Portfolio: The portfolio might include, but is by no means restricted to, the following: freehand drawing, technical drawing, photography, computer graphics, personal composition (poetry, short stories, etc.), or other creative work. The size of the portfolio must be 8½” x 11” (A4) and must include at least 10 samples demonstrating creativity and imagination. Please note that facilities for reviewing material such as slides, audio and videotapes, and CD’s are limited, therefore good quality photocopies or photographs are preferred.

All the above is to be forwarded to:

Mary Lanni-Campoli, Student Advisor/Program Administrator
School of Architecture, McGill University
Macdonald-Harrington Building
815 Sherbrooke St. W., Room 202
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0C2
(Re: McGill Internal transfer application)

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] (Mary Lanni-Campoli)

History of Housing students gather around a rudimentary housing structure made of branches from an apple tree, in front of the School (September 2006) ANNA SAMPSON



The first part of the professional program in architecture for students entering with the Quebec Diploma of Collegial Studies in Pure and Applied Science, or the equivalent, is a three-year, design-based program leading to a non-professional degree, Bachelor of Science (Architecture).


Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) (Architecture) - Architecture (126 Credits)

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Summer Course Abroad (Venice 2006): Students with Professor Annmarie Adams on a day trip to Carlo Scarpa's Brion Tomb complex in the cemetary at San Vito d'Altivole (Treviso)YASSAMAN AKBARIAN Summer Course Abroad (Venice 2006): Students with Professor Radoslav Zuk on an excursion to Palladio's Villa Rotonda in Vicenza RADOSLAV ZUK


M.Arch. (Professional)


The M.Arch. (Professional) requires the equivalency of the B.Sc. (Architecture) degree for admittance. There are two options for the completion of this CACB accredited degree: Design Studio (45 credits) and Design Studio Directed Research (60 credits).

Option 1: The Master of Architecture – Professional program Design Studio (DST) concentration is a 45-credit, three-term (Fall, Winter, and Fall) program based on a design-intensive professional curriculum and centred on the design studio. Students work in a traditional studio format for the first two terms and on the 9-credit terminal design project course in the third (Fall) term. Complementary and elective courses are organized to provide flexibility in individual program design and create opportunities to both explore the discipline and focus on subject areas related to research and design interests. This option is a 3-term consecutive degree (Fall, Winter, Fall) requiring full-time residence for one calendar year.

Option 2: The Master of Architecture – Professional program Design Studio Directed Research (DSR) concentration is a 60-credit four-term (Fall, Winter, Summer, Fall) program that complements the regular 45-credit three-term concentration with a supervised 12-credit individual research report in the summer term. This forms the basis of the terminal design studio in the fourth (Fall) term. Each student is assigned a faculty adviser in the second term and follows a research-intensive curriculum shaped by complementary and elective courses chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the adviser.



Applicants whose background includes a university degree in a non-related area are required to apply to the B.Sc. (Arch.) program. Admittance will most likely be to the first year, with the possibility of some advanced credits for courses which are similar to those in the B.Sc. (Arch.) program.

Applicants whose background includes a partially-completed non-professional undergraduate program in Architecture may be admitted to the B.Sc. (Arch.) program with advanced standing, in which case a maximum of 40 credits from the previous degree can be transferred to the B.Sc. (Arch.) program.

Applicants whose background includes a non-professional degree in Architecture equivalent to the B.Sc. (Arch.) may be eligible for admission directly to the professional M.Arch. program. In certain cases, qualified applicants may be required to complete a qualifying year, up to a maximum of 30 credits, or two semesters, before entering the three-semester M.Arch. (Professional) program.

Applicants whose background includes an Architectural Technology degree will need to apply to the B.Sc.(Arch.) program. Applicants are considered college transfers and are only able to apply to the three-year B.Sc.(Arch.) program, and are required to complete the prerequisite courses as listed in the Undergraduate Admissions Guidelines for Applicants from Other Universities or Colleges and Second Bachelor Degree Applicants ("Transfers") elsewhere.

Applicants who have already completed a professional degree in architecture, are not eligible for admission to the M.Arch. (Professional) program, and are instead encouraged to consider one of our advanced research programs, the M.Arch. (Post-Professional), in the following options: Architectural History and Theory, and Urban Design and Housing. Further information on the M.Arch. (Post-Prof.) programs may be found here.



The M.Arch. (Professional) degree is fully accredited by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board, and is recognized as accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NCARB) in the U.S.A. Architects who have obtained their professional degree outside of Canada and who wish to become licensed architects in Canada should contact the Canadian Architectural Certification Board for further assistance.


Application procedures



We have made changes to harmonize our two concentrations – the Design Studio (DST / 45 credits) and the Design Studio Directed Research (DSR / 60 credits) – changes that affect students starting in September 2014. Here are the key features of this new harmonized program:

  1. Both concentrations will take one and a half years to complete.  The DST concentration will be offered Fall/Winter/Fall, while the DSR concentration will be offered Fall/Winter/Summer/Fall. 
  2. All students will first be admitted to the DST concentration.  For those students interested in the DSR concentration, a second internal application process will take place in early Fall of the first term; these students will need to provide a comprehensive thesis proposal and find an appropriate advisor.
  3. All students will undertake a self-initiated project in the third or final term.  DST students will complete a design project on a site and program of their choice.  DSR students, on the other hand, will be required to produce a substantial research paper during the summer preceding the final term, then complete their design thesis in the final Fall term.
  4. Students in both concentrations will complete program requirements at the same time.

All applicants should select the M.Arch. (Professional) – Design Studio (DST / 45-credit) program. 



The application deadline for the M.Arch. (Professional) program is DECEMBER 15.

For detailed instructions on how to apply and how to upload required supporting documents in McGill’s new online application system (uApply), please see:

Please NOTE: Admission is only available each September (Fall term).

General application requirements for the M.Arch. (professional) program are summarised below:

1. Application (Online)

Please complete and submit an online web application at

2. Application fee

A non-refundable application fee of CAD$117.35 is required, payable by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), payable at the time of submission.

3. Summary of work experience

A minimum of sixteen (16) weeks of work experience is required.  Further information and Work Experience Guidelines are provided here.  Please use the following form: Work experience form [.pdf]. Note: Your employer’s signature is required along with the company business card. We do NOT require the Director’s signature.

4. Résumé or CV

5. Transcripts

Applicants are required to upload unofficial transcripts of all universities previously attended (including summer term, exchange term, or study-away term). If you are recommended for admission, you will later be required to supply official transcripts. Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French translation provided by the institution issuing the transcript or by a certified translator.

Please refer to the following webpages:

6. Electronic letters of reference

A total of two (2) confidential letters of reference are required for your application: two (2) from academics or one (1) from an academic and one (1) from a recent employer. Once you have identified your referees (you must provide a valid institutional e-mail address for each referee), McGill will send them an e-mail asking for a reference in support of your application (Gmail or Yahoo domains cannot be accepted).  Additionally, uploaded letters must be on university or company/business stationery and the referee must indicate his/her position and full contact information at the institution.

Please refer to the following webpage:

7. Research statement

Once accepted to the M.Arch. (Professional) program (DST), students interested in the Design Studio Directed Research option will need to provide a two-page (maximum) research statement in early Fall of the first term indicating their general area of interest, their understanding of this area of study, faculty expertise, and research intention in terms of topic and project-based investigation. Specific references to expertise within the School are encouraged (e.g. History and Theory of Architecture; Cultural Landscape Studies; Affordable and Sustainable Housing; Computation and Fabrication; High-performance Visualization; Minimum Cost Housing; Gender, Sexuality and Space; Design and Health; Urban Design; Landscape Urbanism; Architectural Representation; Urban Agriculture; Vernacular Architecture; Reurbanisation).

Note: Applicants to the M.Arch. (Professional) Design Studio option do not need to provide a research statement.

8. Completed program chart

PDF icon Program Comparison Chart

Note: Not required by B.Sc. (Arch.) graduates from McGill University.

9. Course descriptions

Course calendar descriptions of previous college and/or university studies must be submitted in addition to the Program Comparison Chart.

Note: Not required by B.Sc. (Arch.) graduates from McGill University.

10. Proof of English language proficiency

Proof of English language proficiency: Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English. Before acceptance, appropriate exam results must be submitted directly from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Office. An institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. Applications will not be considered if a TOEFL or IELTS test result is not available. For the TOEFL, a minimum score of 567 is required on the paper-based test (PBT), or a minimum overall score of 86 with each component score not less than 20 is required on the internet-based test (iBT). (The TOEFL Institution Code for McGill University is 0935.) For the IELTS, a minimum overall band score of 6.5 is required. Please refer to:

11. e-portfolio

A comprehensive e-portfolio (pdf format, max. 15 MB, due no later than December 15) that may include the following:

  • selected work from all previous design studios
  • examples of project work from other courses
  • examples of freehand drawing and sketching
  • examples of professional work: sketches, drawings, images of models, photographs of built work (professional work includes work carried out while employed in architects' offices, as well as personal projects; please identify the architect(s) and your own roles in each project illustrated)

Note: Please indicate, where applicable, if a project is an individual or group project.

Submission deadline

The deadline for submission of your online aplication and all supporting documents (CV, letters of reference, unofficial transcripts, e-portfolio, Program Comparison Chart [if required], course catalogue [if required], work experience reports, research statement [if required], and a TOEFL / IELTS score [if required]) is December 15.

Recommended applicants will be notified by Graduate Studies to provide official documents.  For information on sending official documents, see here.


Questions should be addressed to:  prof-admissions.architecture [at] (e-mail)



The second part of the professional program in Architecture, for students with the B.Sc. (Arch.) degree, is a three- or four-semester program leading to the professional Master of Architecture degree. Students holding the McGill B.Sc. (Arch.) degree or equivalent with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 are eligible to apply for admission.

M.Arch. (Professional – DESIGN STUDIO option)
Program of Study
(45 credits)



Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) Professional (Non-Thesis): Design Studio (45 Credits)


M.Arch. (Professional – DESIGN STUDIO DIRECTED RESEARCH option)
Program of Study
(60 credits)



Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) Professional (Non-Thesis): Design Studio-Directed Research (60 Credits)

For complete information on the program requirements and curriculum, please consult the McGill GRADUATE CALENDAR.