How will the fall term be delivered?
At the current time it is uncertain as to whether we will deliver classes in person for Fall 2021. Please visit the coronavirus website for up to date information. For MArch students who require the Fabrication Lab to initiate, develop, and complete their graduate research, the School of Architecture will be developing protocols for safe access (pending health directives). We are waiting to hear about whether limited access to the Musagetes Library will be allowed by the University; if it is, we will privilege MArch students access.
Do I have to move to Cambridge in the fall?
As we have moved to an online format, studies can be completed remotely. Some students may choose to reside in Cambridge if they prefer, but it is uncertain if there will be official instruction involving the school facilities. Students are encouraged to do what they feel most comfortable with.
If you would like to live in Cambridge and are looking for housing, please refer to Off-Campus Housing.
Do I need a study visa for the fall term if I am staying outside of Canada?
The University has Immigration Consultants that will be able to best advise you on this. We strongly advise that you begin the visa process as soon as possible to ensure that you are prepared to travel to Canada if the spring or fall 2021 terms resume classes in person.
For more information and to book a free appointment, please visit the Student Success office.
Can I defer to the winter term?
Unfortunately, the MArch program only has fall start dates, this is based on when core courses are offered.
How will the School of Architecture connect with students virtually?
The School utilizes the online format for as much interaction and engagement for the school community as possible including lecture series, research symposia, peer groups, and social events. More details to follow.
Are there student groups that I can join and participate in virtually?
Yes! We have a series of student groups, all of which are continuing to operate virtually. To list a few:
- Society of Waterloo Architecture Graduates (SWAG) @swag_uwsa
- BRIDGE Centre for Architecture + Design @bridgearch
- galt @galt.publication
- Sustainability Collective @uwsa_sustainability_co
- Treaty Lands + Global Stories @treatylands.globalstories
- F_RM Lab @uwsa.f_rmlab
- Mentorship for Architecture Peers (MAP) @uwsa.map
Are there funding opportunities for MArch students?
There are many funding opportunities for students when they are enrolled in the program. The Graduate Studies Department and the School of Architecture both maintain scholarship databases that are available to students once they are enrolled. There are also TA/RA positions available and these are open to students in the program to apply for on a term by term basis.
Each academic year, several MArch students are granted Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) scholarships, each valued around $20k. This past academic year, 6 MArch students were granted OGS awards and 8 MArch students were granted SSHRC awards.
Will online teaching impact Teaching Assistant (TA) opportunities? Will the school be hiring TAs at the same capacity they would regularly?
Shifting to an online format has not reduced the amount of TA positions available to MArch students. We are still hiring TAs, the only difference is now TAs are supporting courses remotely instead of in person.
How is a student selected during the co-op term? Is it based only on the academic performance?
The University has a co-operative education department that is dedicated to assisting students throughout the co-op process. Most of our students apply to co-op positions through the University on our job board called Waterloo Works. Applicants are chosen for jobs by the employers based on the criteria they list in their job postings, this would typically involve their interview, portfolio, grades, etc.