Architecture, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
  • Tuition Fee
    7263 USD/year
    Tuition fee
    7263 USD/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #42 (WUR) ,
The School of Architecture at McGill University offers a professional Master of Architecture program, a post-professional Master of Architecture program, and a Ph.D. program.


The M.Arch. and the Ph.D. programs are for study beyond the professional degree in architecture. These programs have been conceived to respond to the needs of graduates with some professional experience who wish to acquire more specialized knowledge in architecture.

The M.Arch. program reflects a McGill tradition of academic inquiry and research, and provides an opportunity for a select number of students and staff to work together. The program is organized in such a way as to meet the needs of the professional practitioner and the researcher, and is intended to extend traditional architectural education as well as address new issues.


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Urban Planning and Development
  • Architectural Design
  • Advanced Construction
  • Field Sketching
  • Origins of Modern Architecture
  • Critical Design Strategies
  • Contemporary Theory
  • Origins of Modern Architecture
  • Critical Design Strategies
  • Contemporary Theory
  • Housing Theory
  • New Approaches to Arch History
  • Sel Topics in Architecture

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    45 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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

  1. Application (Online)
  2. Application fee: A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required, payable by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), payable at the time of submission.
  3. Summary of work experience: Your employers signature is required along with the company business card. We do NOT require the Directors 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.
  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.
  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).
  8. Completed program chart.
  9. Course descriptions: Course calendar descriptions of previous college and/or university studies must be submitted in addition to the Program Comparison Chart.
  10. Proof of English language proficiency
  11. e-portfolio

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    7263 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7263 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National Applies to you

    7263 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7263 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
Typical annual fees based on 30 credits taken during Fall and Winter terms*


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