The program information below is valid for the winter 2021 term (January 1, 2021 - April 30, 2021).
The Graduate Studies Academic Calendar is updated 3 times per year, at the start of each academic term (January 1, May 1, September 1). Graduate Studies Academic Calendars from previous terms can be found in the archives.
Students are responsible for reviewing the general information and regulations section of the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.
- On-campus (Cambridge campus)
Length of program
- 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.
- Study option(s)
Additional program information
- The professional Master of Architecture in conjunction with the pre-professional Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree from the University of Waterloo together constitute an accredited professional education.
- In Canada, all provincial/territorial associations/institutes/orders recommend a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit Canadian professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes two types of accredited degrees: the Master of Architecture (MArch) and the Bachelor of Architecture (BArch). A program may be granted a six-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on its degree of conformance with established educational standards.
- Master’s degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree, which, when earned sequentially, comprise an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
- The program in Architecture at the University of Waterloo received accreditation for a 6-year term by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) in 2017.
- A four-year, honours pre-professional undergraduate Architecture degree or professional Bachelor of Architecture degree with a minimum overall average of 75%.
- Applicants being considered for admission to the Master of Architecture who have not completed three or more years of post-secondary work at a Canadian institution, or at an institution at which English was the language of instruction may be required to verify English Proficiency which may include a written exercise or interview as instructed by the School of Architecture. Details will be communicated when required after initial assessment of applications is complete. This is an additional departmental requirement and not a substitute for the English Language Proficiency Certification.
- Portfolio of design work – uploaded directly to applicant Quest account.
- Résumé/Curriculum vitae
- Supplementary information form
- Including a statement of the students proposed research interest.
- From each post-secondary institution attended (past or current) showing all courses and marks, along with the transcript legends/keys/grading scales uploaded using Quest. Degree certificates (if obtained) must be uploaded with the transcripts.
- Number of references: 2
Type of references:
English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)
- Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
- Students must complete the following courses in addition to 2 Water core courses:
- Year 1
- ARCH 690 Design Studio
- ARCH 673 The Science of the Building Envelope
- ARCH 642 Modernism To The 21st Century
- ARCH 671 Technical Report
- ARCH 691 Design Studio - Comprehensive Building Design
- ARCH 662 Steel & Concrete: Design, Structure and Construction
- ARCH 640 Contemporary Theory, Culture and Criticism
- Year 2: Fall
- ARCH 692 Thesis Research and Design Studio I
- ARCH 610 Architectural Research and Analysis
- ARCH 6XX Open graduate elective
- Year 2: Winter
- ARCH 693 Thesis Research and Design Studio II
- ARCH 655 Architectural Professional Practice: Ethics, Business, Legal Issues, and Contract Administration
- ARCH 6XX Open graduate elective
- Year 2: Spring
- ARCH 6XX Open graduate elective
- Students are encouraged to use elective courses to explore areas of specialization in support of their thesis research. 1 half credit (0.50) may be an independent Reading Course. Up to 1 half credit (0.50) elective may be taken in other departments. 1 half WATER credit (0.50) can be counted to fulfill 1 half (0.50) MArch elective requirement.
- Water core courses:
- WATER 601 Integrated Water Management
- WATER 602 Integrated Water Management Project
- This degree is offered through the Collaborative Water Program. This program, jointly offered by a range of departments across several academic faculties, promotes the development of interdisciplinary perspectives on water. Collaborative Water Program students complete their specialist training in their respective home departments, while working with colleagues from a variety of other departments in core interdisciplinary courses (WATER 601 and WATER 602).
- The Department will determine whether or not collaborative program courses can be used as electives. It is therefore possible that students will need to take additional courses in order to meet the specific requirements of the program.
- Link(s) to courses
- Collaborative Research Seminar I
- Students are required to present a seminar on their thesis or major paper research proposal and, if appropriate, early stage results to current and past Water students and Water Institute faculty members. Seminars will normally occur following the completion of WATER 601 and WATER 602. Seminars will provide the opportunity for students to discuss how learnings from Water courses were applied in, or influenced, research proposals or research work in the student’s home department. Seminars will normally be poster presentations at Water Institute organized events. The seminar is not an oral examination of the thesis or paper; rather, its purpose is to develop the student's ability to communicate their research in an organized and informative manner.
- Master’s Thesis in Design
- Students must undertake and complete a research and design thesis (in Year 2: Spring). The thesis is developed within ARCH 692 and ARCH 693 and completed within the spring term. The thesis is supervised by a faculty advisor, and supported by a committee of one to two additional faculty members. The thesis must be presented and defended successfully before an Examining Committee composed of a minimum of the student's supervisor, one committee member and one reader as per the requirements listed in the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.