Application Procedures


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

As of 2019, the deadline to apply to the program is December 15.

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

General application requirements for the M.Arch. (professional) program are summarized 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. Completed program chart

    Program Comparison Chart
    This is a very important part of a McGill M.Arch application. It is used to determine your eligibility for the program, and/or possible advanced standing. Carefully match completed courses to the listed McGill equivalents. Total credit equivalency must be evident: courses cannot be listed twice unless it has credit equality.
    Note: Not required by B.Sc. (Arch.) graduates from McGill University.
  8. Course description

    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.
  9. 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:
  10. 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 (Note: Please properly attribute project as an individual or group project, the course number, and instructor for each project/course) [50% of portfolio]
    - examples of project work from other courses (Note: Please properly attribute project as an individual or group project, the course number, and instructor for each project/course) [25% of portfolio]
    - examples of professional work: drawings, models, photographs of built work (ALL professional work must be clearly identified as such. 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.) [25% of portfolio]

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

Submission deadline

The deadline for submission of your online application and all supporting documents (CV, letters of reference, unofficial transcripts, e-portfolio, Program Comparison Chart [if required], course catalogue [if required], work experience reports, 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 this prof-admissions.architecture [at] (e-mail).

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