University of British Columbia (UBC)

  • Required: Undergraduate degree
  • Study for: Three years at UBC
  • Degree awarded: Master of Architecture (MArch) or Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to either the Master of Architecture of Master of Landscape Architecture programs, candidates must hold a four-year bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and either have:

  • a minimum overall "B+" average (76% on the UBC scale) in third- and fourth-year courses or
  • at least 6.0 units (12.0 UBC credits) of third- or fourth-year courses in the "A" range (80% or higher at UBC) and in the field of study.

Note the following:

  • Students must also present a portfolio of work at the time of application.
  • University courses should consist of a broad range of studies in the arts, humanities, social sciences and physical and applied sciences. First year math and physics are recommended.

Recommended areas of study

  • English (including composition and literature)
  • Art history and visual studies
  • Architectural history
  • Anthropology
  • Mathematics (including calculus)
  • Ecology
  • Computer science
  • Resource management
  • Urban land economics
  • Urban geography
  • Psychology (including perception)
  • Philosophy
  • Physics (including mechanics, heat, light and sound)
  • Statistics
  • Visual arts
  • Sociology

Additional preparation

  • The development of a creative portfolio is an extremely important part of the application process. Despite the advancement of computers in the profession, sketching is still a vital tool for the architect and should be developed.
  • Travel, summer employment in construction, informal contact with students and practitioners in architecture, visits to art galleries and exhibitions, and active participation in community affairs are recommended.
  • Reading in the fields of planning, architecture, design, urban problems, ecology, etc is also recommended.
  • Prior instruction and experience in the arts, crafts or other design-oriented activities, with emphasis on visual communication in various media, is extremely valuable.

Contact information for Master of Architecture program

Jaynus O'Donnell
School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture  
402 – 6333 Memorial Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Contact information for Master of Landscape Architecture program

Amy Villablanca
School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture  
402 – 6333 Memorial Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Additional resources

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) is a national association representing more than 3,000 architects, including faculty and graduates of accredited Canadian Schools of Architecture. Their website contains general information on the architectural profession, including a section titled “Becoming an Architect”:

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
330–55 Murray Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 5M3

The publication “Guide to Architecture Schools” is a comprehensive directory published by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. In addition to general information about architectural education, internship and practice, it includes a two-page entry for each school with an accredited professional degree program in architecture in the United States and Canada. It is available from:

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Please note: This information is provided as a planning tool only. Requirements change from year to year and while every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, in all cases the information provided by the institution offering the program in question should be considered the authority.