Master of Architecture

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.

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 his/her application is sufficiently well documented to illustrate academic achievement, work experience, and creative potential.

Application form and supporting materials


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.


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. 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 an architecture program.

UBC Graduate Studies has recently initiated a secure online reference process. By providing the referee’s email address in the online application, the referee will automatically be sent an email stating that she/he is to supply a reference, along with a link to the secure application site. The referee will write the recommendation and submit it electronically; it then automatically comes to the Architecture office. The referee does not need to submit a hard copy of this in a signed sealed envelope. Referee should be consulted before completing the online application and informed about this electronic option. In order to give a referee sufficient time to submit the e-reference by the deadline, the online application should be submitted well in advance of the deadline.

One notable thing about the e-references is that some referees are not nearly as expansive as they could be. The “box” they fill in on the e-ref is expandable, and referees can easily write a page-long reference or copy from an existing letter.

Forms for reference letters may be found on the Graduate Studies website under Application Reference Forms. These, or references on letterhead, must be submitted in signed, sealed envelopes and submitted from the referee or with the application package.

Other application pieces


English as a foreign language

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.

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. The Committee works in an effective manner, and generally results 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. Architecture reserves the right not to accept applicants for admission even though they may meet the entrance requirements.

Please note that all documentation submitted will not be returned to the applicant.

Application deadline

The application deadline for the academic year 2014/15 is January 10, 2014.