FAQ

1 - I graduated with a 5-year Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, am I still eligible for admission to the M.Arch. Professional program?

Usually applicants with a 5-year undergraduate degree in architecture have a Professional Bachelor’s degree (B.Arch.) and have thus completed the educational requirement to become an architect. They are therefore ineligible for admission to our Professional M.Arch. program. McGill University has a policy that restricts admission to professional programs for those who already have completed that training, even if through a different degree program or from a foreign university.

2 - As a foreign qualified Architect, how can I to get licensed to practice in Canada?

To learn how to become a licensed Architect in Canada, you will need to visit the Canadian Architectural Certification Board website and look for "Foreign-Trained Architects". Instructions on how to have your foreign architectural education recognized are given.

3 - While reading through the application process and requirements for the M.Arch. Professional degree, I wasn't sure how to determine whether my degree is sufficient to be eligible to apply.

By filling out the Program Comparison Chart, you can make a preliminary assessment as to whether you have more or less the academic background required for admission into the Professional M.Arch. program. You are welcome to apply even if you don’t have the equivalent of all the required courses offered at McGill, in the B.Sc. Arch. Program.

4 - If it is determined that the courses I’ve taken in my previous degree program do not meet all of McGill’s M.Arch. requirements, will I be given the option of doing a supplementary year, or will I simply be turned down?

The admissions committee will review the courses you have taken in your previous degree and will determine whether to recommend: (i) direct admission into the professional program with no additional courses, (ii) admission with some additional course requirements, or (iii) a qualifying year. This assumes that the quality of your overall application dossier is competitive compared to the other applicants.

5 - What are the tuition fees for domestic and international students and are there any scholarships that I can apply for?

McGill tuition fees can be found by selecting the drop-down menus that best correspond to you at the link below. Please be aware that the figure changes from year to year and should be used as an approximation of the total amount you will pay.

http://www.mcgill.ca/student-accounts/tuition-charges/fallwinter-term-tu...

All incoming students are considered for entrance scholarships at the time of admission, no separate application is required. Please note that M.Arch. scholarships do not generally cover tuition fees.

6 - How can I be nominated for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCF)?

This program has been retired and is no longer being offered at McGill.

7 - Do I need work experience to apply for admission to the M.Arch. Professional program?

No, you do not need work experience to apply, but in order to graduate you will need to fulfil the 4-month work experience requirement. As part of the application process, a form detailing your work experience, or the lack of it is required. All of the guidelines regarding this can be found here:

https://www.mcgill.ca/architecture/programs/professional/workexperience

8 - What type of experience is acceptable for this program?

The total amount of work experience required is 16 weeks. At least 12 of the 16 must be carried out under the supervision of a licensed architect. The remaining time, up to a maximum of 4 weeks, may be completed in a related work environment or as part of a self-directed activity. Work experience generally falls into one of two categories, which are described in more detail at the following link:

https://www.mcgill.ca/architecture/programs/professional/workexperience

9 - If I have experience in two different professional architectural settings, should I fill out two Work Experience Forms separately?

Yes, you must fill out 2 forms to be merged into a single pdf document.

10 - Do I need to submit English Language proficiency test scores with my application?

If you fall under any of the categories identified by the University at the following link, you may not need to submit language test scores. Applicants must fulfil the English Language requirements set out by the University to qualify for our programs:

https://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/international/apply/proficiency

11- How does my testing center send my English Language test results to the university?

McGill only accepts scores that are submitted electronically by test centers, and no longer accepts paper TRFs (Test Report Forms) directly from test centers and candidates. Please contact the test center where you took your test and request that your scores be sent electronically to McGill very early on in the process. You can verify receipt of your results directly in uApply; please allow an appropriate delay as McGill receives results on an ongoing basis.

12 - When is the application deadline?

December 15th.

13 - My degree has not yet been conferred; can I still apply?

Yes, you can still apply even if your current degree is pending. But you will need to demonstrate that you have completed all the requirements of that current degree by the time you start your new program at McGill.

14 - I am interested in the M.Arch. Professional program, do I apply to the Design Studio (DST) or the Design Studio Directed Research (DSR) program?

Both these options have been retired and the M.Arch. Professional Program has been harmonized into a single 4-term, two-year long program.

15 - What is the difference between the Professional and Post-Professional programs? Do both the Professional and Post-Professional programs allow me to get on the path towards licensure?

No, the Post-Professional program does not give you access to licensure. The Professional M.Arch. program is the only degree offered by the Peter G-h Fu School of Architecture that is recognized as fulfilling the educational requirements for licensure.

16 - If I am not eligible to apply to the Professional M.Arch. Program, can I apply to the Post-Professional M.Arch. Program instead?

Not at this time. The Post-Professional M.Arch. program is currently not being offered by the School.

17 - What is the number of students admitted into the program and the acceptance rate?

The Professional M.Arch. program admits 36 incoming students every year. The acceptance rate fluctuates depending on the strength of the applicant pool but typically revolves around 15-25% of total applications received.

18 - Why does it take so long for me to get an admission decision?

It most probably means that you have been placed on the waitlist. First offers are sent out very early in the admissions process. It can take time for applicants to respond to it and confirm their admission. Since not everyone accepts the offer made, we then turn to students on a ranked waitlist. That process can take time, and thus extend to late in the summer.

19 - Is it possible to continue on to a PhD after completing the Professional M.Arch. program? How many more years would it take in that case?

If you have a very well-developed proposal at the time of applying and have made contact with a proposed supervisor who is willing to supervise your work, you can be considered for admission to our PhD program with only a Professional M.Arch. background. In preparation for the next application cycle, please consider which of the faculty members who supervise doctoral studies have research interests that best match your own:

http://www.mcgill.ca/architecture/node/1539/faculty.

The Professional M.Arch. program is two years while the PhD program can take anywhere between 4 to 6 years.

20 - Where can I find the program of study for the M.Arch. Professional program?

It is outlined in detail here:

http://www.mcgill.ca/architecture/programs

21 - If my degree is unrelated to Architecture, can I still apply to the Master’s program?

No, without a prior degree in architecture you would need to seek admission into our undergraduate B.Sc. Arch. program.

22 - What is a course calendar?

The course calendar is a document providing short descriptions of courses in your program. For example the course calendar descriptions of the courses in the M.Arch. Professional program are found here:

https://www.mcgill.ca/study/2020-2021/faculties/engineering/graduate/pro...

23 - When are all of my documents due?

December 15th but please submit your supporting documents as soon as possible, as review of your application will commence immediately upon receipt.

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