Master of Architecture

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Admission to the Master of Architecture (MArch) program is based on a composite of information including previous academic performance, letters of reference, portfolio of creative works, and work experience.

Assessment of applications will be made solely upon the basis of all aspects of the applicant’s submission. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their application is sufficiently well documented to illustrate academic achievement, work experience, and creative potential. The information below provides a general overview of the admission process for the program. However, students should familiarize themselves with the minimum requirements, rules and regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Expand below for more details on the requirements and process.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Architecture program must hold a degree that is academically equivalent to a four-year Bachelor’s degree. The degree may be in any discipline. To be eligible for admission, the applicant must have a ‘B+’ average in third and fourth year-level coursework. Please review the Faculty of Graduate Studies website for more detailed information.

Students entering the program with an undergraduate degree normally take a minimum of three and one-half years to complete the requirements. However, students holding a pre-professional architectural degree (a Bachelor of Environmental Design or Bachelor of Arts with a major in Architecture, for example) will typically be given advanced standing at the discretion of the School’s Admissions Committee.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants from countries where the primary language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by obtaining a TOEFL score of at least 100 iBT or 250 computer based, or a minimum overall band score of 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component of the academic (not general) IELTS test. A passing score must be received by the office on or before the deadline date for an application to be considered. 

Graduate Record Examination

While not required, GRE results may be submitted as additional evidence of scholastic promise and aptitude.

Application Process

To apply to the Master of Architecture program, applicants are required to submit an online application and all required documents listed below.

The next application deadline is January 15. Please note that all documentation submitted will not be returned to the applicant.

Application Form

A completed online application form for the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of British Columbia, along with the non-refundable fee. See Grad Studies' electronic application which is forwarded automatically to the architecture office.

Application Fees

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents: $93.00 CDN

International Applicants: $153.00 CDN

Application fees are non-refundable.


A summary (in résumé form) including education, work experience, travel, volunteering, or other relevant experience deemed appropriate is required.

Statement of Interest

A one-page statement of reasons for desiring to study architecture as well as reasons for selecting UBC Architecture.


A portfolio of work is required that demonstrates aptitude and experience in creative endeavors. This should include significant evidence of two and three dimensional skills and thinking.

The production of a portfolio may appear daunting to those without a background that includes creative activity. The intent here is simply to demonstrate in deliberately visual terms the kinds of interests and accomplishments that accompany the applicant’s desire to enter into a professional program in architectural studies. A broad range of work may have value in communicating to the Admissions Committee a clearer sense of the applicant’s current level of achievement, and the implicit sense of capability to be productive and successful in this demanding program.

The maximum size for the portfolio is 20 pages (these can be 10 double sided) and 23 cm x 30 cm x 1.5 cm (9” x 12” x ½”). Portfolios exceeding these requirements will not be considered. Work submitted on CDs or in any other electronic form will not be viewed. If working in collaboration with others, please clearly indicate your contribution and responsibility of the submitted work.


The applicant must send to UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture two official transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions. The transcripts must be in envelopes sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution. This includes transcripts from universities attended as an exchange. Although credit may appear on the applicant’s home institution, other valuable information appears on the exchange institution transcripts. If the applicant is currently completing a degree, any acceptance will be conditional on the successful completion of the degree with requirements as noted.

If the academic records are in a language other than English or French, translations following the Faculty of Graduate Studies instructions on translation processes must be attached.


The applicant must send to UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture three letters of reference from referees, preferably academic, who will provide references indicating an assessment of past ability and future success in the program. There are two ways referees may submit letters of reference:

  1. By paper with a paper reference form or a personal letter of recommendation, which needs to be signed. All letters of reference should be sent directly to the program office and signed across the seal of the envelope.
  2. By using the UBC online reference system. Referees will receive an automatic email asking to provide a reference report on the applicant's behalf with a link to the online application system. The online reference system uses the email addresses entered in the “Referees” section of the online application. Referee is using the online reference system should be informed that the text box for filling in comments is expandable. Referees may also copy and paste from an existing letter. They do not need to submit a paper copy when using the UBC online reference system.

Notification of Acceptance

The entire Admissions Committee must review each application in full before final decisions are made and it is not generally possible to provide an immediate response to inquiries. Usually, admission decisions will be available by the middle of March.

Interest in the program far exceeds the School’s resources and facilities, so the places are awarded on a competitive basis. The School reserves the right not to accept applicants for admission even though they may meet the entrance requirements.