MArch Program Structure

Foundations for Success

The MArch program structure and curriculum prepares students for rewarding, fulfilling careers as designers and fulfills the educational requirements for licensure as an architect. Throughout the course of the program, you’ll learn to navigate contexts, think from multiple perspectives and develop innovative solutions to the world’s design challenges.

At the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, we offer students two paths towards a Master of Architecture degree. The three-year program is designed for students entering the program with a non-architecture bachelor’s degree. Our two-year curriculum is suited for students entering the program with a bachelor’s degree in architecture or those who completed the Minor of Architectural Studies at the University of Calgary.


Degree Requirements

  • Completion of all core required courses;
  • Completion (normally in M1 year) of either (i) the Gillmor Theory Seminar, (ii) the Somerville Design Charrette or (iii) the Taylor Workshop;
  • Completion of either (i) Urban Systems, or (ii) Urban Design Theory;
  • Completion (normally in M2 year) of at least 12.00 units of elective credits.

Visit the University’s Grad Calendar for a list of the required courses. 

The following sample course sequence is typical of the three-year curriculum leading to a Master of Architecture degree.

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MArch Curriculum Update

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape has recently changed the curriculum and course load for the Master of Architecture. The changes apply to all students admitted to the MArch for the Fall 2020 term. The new curriculum is focused on moving towards a program that prepares students to engage in some of the really big design challenges that we believe will confront architects in the decades to come. These include responses to a changing climate, designing for social equity and inclusion and looking for ways that objects, buildings and public spaces can be designed to encourage more sustainable and healthy environments. The changes include the following:

  • The addition of block week courses offering experiential learning opportunities in which students engage with design experts in intense one-week master class settings.
  • The addition of a new studio course. This course creates an opportunity for students to engage in a studio that is focused on work integrated learning through the lens of critical practice. Students engage in blended work/study environments that provide hands on directed learning and work experience that is increasingly valuable in design-based disciplines.
  • We have added studio enhancement courses buttressing existing senior year research studios with expertise provided by faculty members and outside experts in the areas of technical expertise and critical thinking/theory. They are a response to the growing need for architects to be able to integrate highly specific aspects of these broader categories into their design proposals.

These courses will differentiate our graduates from those of other programs across Canada by leveraging the project-based learning of the design studio as a space of inquiry and application for these specialized sets of knowledge. Designers are increasingly being asked to adapt to emerging situations made evident through globalization, urbanization and complex resource networks. The new curriculum tackles those issues head on to create the design leaders needed to engage these challenges.

Course enrolment opens June 1.

View the calendar for more information

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