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Master of Architecture (MArch)

The professional Master of Architecture degree offers rigorous preparation for entry into the profession, building on the School’s core belief in architecture as a cultural act and practice while supporting the development of debate and critical thinking about the discipline.

The program offers the opportunity to pursue an in-depth design or research thesis. Students explore questions in architecture, landscape, urbanism, technology, sustainability and fabrication in a global context under the supervision of our internationally recognized faculty with expertise in a broad range of research areas.

Options available to graduate students include co-op, international research travel, a term in the Rome studio, and the University’s Water Program and Structures Certificate. Extensive funding opportunities and involvement in various faculty-led research labs further support student research.

The Master of Architecture (MArch) is a two-year degree program. Applicants holding a pre-professional Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Waterloo or equivalent degree are considered for entry into year two of the MArch program.

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Master of Architecture (MArch)

The Master of Architecture is a two-year degree program. The program accepts applicants from pre-
professional architecture programs, in which students are expected to have completed the majority of the courses required for professional accreditation. Students holding a pre-professional Bachelor of
Architectural Studies (BAS) from the University of Waterloo (or an equivalent degree to the BAS from
another university) can complete the Master of Architecture degree requirements in a minimum of three terms and up to a maximum of six terms.  All other students with a pre-professional Architecture degree admitted into the Master of Architecture will be required to complete two terms of transitional coursework in preparation for the thesis year and are expected to complete degree requirements in a maximum of six academic terms.

Intake for the program is in the Fall term only. 

Master of Architecture (MArch) - Water

The University of Waterloo offers a unique research-based Masters and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
collaborative program in Water. This program, jointly offered by ten departments across the Faculties of Arts, Engineering, Environment, Mathematics and Science, is intended to promote multi- and inter-disciplinary perspectives related to water. The goal of the program is to supplement disciplinary (specialist) training offered in individual departments with perspectives from a variety of water-related disciplines. Students graduating from the collaborative program will be better equipped to work in multidisciplinary teams to solve increasingly complex water issues.

Please visit Future graduate students for more information.