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    815 Sherbrooke Street West Macdonald-Harrington Building, Room 201 Main Office Montreal, QC H3A 0C2 Canada
  • Architecture Degrees

    Pre-professional Architecture Degrees (Undergraduate)

    B.S. Architecture

    Professional Architecture Degrees (Graduate)

    Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

    Post-professional or non-professional Architecture (Graduate)

    Ph.D. Architecture

    Other Related Disciplines (Graduate)

    M.Arch./M. Urban Design
  • Tuition

    Canadian Undergraduate In Province Tuition

    $6,500 - $11,500

    Canadian Undergraduate Out of Province Tuition

    $11,500 - $16,500

    Canadian Undergraduate International Student Tuition

    $16,500 - $21,500

    Canadian Graduate In Province Tuition

    $6,500 - $11,500

    Canadian Graduate Out of Province Tuition

    $11,500 - $16,500

    Canadian Graduate International Student Tuition

    $16,500 - $21,500
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McGill University

Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture

The School of Architecture educates professionals who contribute to the global community through the design, construction, and interpretation of the built environment. The School: - encourages a diverse environment for teaching, learning, and research, supported by both traditional and state-of-the-art digital resources. - develops professional and post-professional research-based Master's and Ph.D. programs that enable graduates to contribute responsibly to the profession, to research, and to careers in related fields. - enriches multi-disciplinary teaching and research within the University and in connection with other local and international universities. - engages citizens' groups, local, provincial, and national governments, the private sector, and the profession toward the improvement of the built environment.


The School of Architecture at McGill University was founded in 1896, when a chair in architecture was established in the Faculty of Applied Science (today, the Faculty of Engineering) by Sir William C. Macdonald. At that time, the program leading to the professional degree was four years and the School operated in the Macdonald Engineering Building under the leadership of its first Director, Stewart Henbest Capper. The School of Architecture is now one of eight units reporting to the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. This includes five engineering departments - Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, and Mining and Materials Engineering - and two Schools - the School of Urban Planning and the School of Architecture. Since 1987, the Schools of Architecture and Urban Planning have been housed in the Macdonald-Harrington Building, which was constructed to accommodate the Departments of Chemistry and Mining by architect Sir Andrew Taylor in 1896, and renovated for the two Schools by architects Ray Affleck and Arcop Associates.

School Philosophy

The vision of the School is to advance professional architectural education that flourishes through research, critical practice, and community engagement.


The professional program in Architecture is divided into two parts: - B.S. Arch.: six semesters / 100 credits (minimum) - M.Arch. (Professional) - Non-Thesis: Design Studio (3 semesters / 45 credits) or Design Studio - Directed Research (4 semesters / 60 credits) The M.Arch. (Professional) degree is accredited by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB), and is recognized as accredited by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) in the United States. 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 (M.Arch.) and the Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.). 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 preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree. The School of Architecture offers post-professional M.Arch. (Non-Thesis) and Ph.D. programs. Except for special cases, post-professional programs are for those who have already completed their professional training in architecture. If you have not completed your professional training, and are seeking an M.Arch. degree to become a licensed architect, see the section above: "Professional Programs." - M.Arch. (Non-Thesis): - Architectural History and Theory (45 credits) - Urban Design and Housing (45 credits) - Ph.D.

of Focus

1.Historic Preservation
2. Cross-Cultural Contexts > Human Experiences
3. Community Design
4. Sustainability & High Performance Build Enviroments
5. Design/Build
6. History | Theory | Criticism

Study Abroad
24 Hour Workshop
Large-format Printer
Laser Cutter
3D Printing
CNC Milling
Fabrication Lab

Transfer Policies

Transfer or Second Degree
Please note that for many programs (including in the Faculty of Arts) Transfer/Second Degree applicants are often considered exceptionally and on the basis of space available. Admission standards may vary significantly from year to year depending on demand for the program.

Applicants are considered on the basis of university/ college work and previous studies. You should have well above-average academic records and prerequisites appropriate to the program you wish to pursue at McGill. Particular attention will be paid to results of courses relevant to the proposed program of study.

In order to form a basis for admission for a science-based program or to be considered for credit or exemption, science and mathematics courses normally must have been completed within the last five years.

If you are an accepted student, your advanced standing credit can only be determined after you have confirmed your program at McGill, paid the required deposit, and provided all necessary supporting documents (including detailed course descriptions/syllabi). In addition to course descriptions of mathematics and science courses, you are asked to specify the names and editions of textbooks used.

A Quebec high school graduate who did not proceed to CEGEP but undertook one full year of university study outside Quebec may be admissible as a Transfer student. If you fall into this category, you should consult the appropriate McGill University Admissions Office prior to applying, in order to ensure that you possess a valid basis for admission. Please note that courses completed at schools or institutions designed primarily to offer religious education (such as bible colleges, seminaries, or yeshivas) normally are not considered equivalent to university study.

Individuals who have undertaken studies in non-university post-secondary institutions such as technical colleges may not be eligible for admission as Transfer students.

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