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    • Faculty of Architecture
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies

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    • Master of Architecture

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    Expected duration

    • 2 years

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    Program options

    • Cooperative Education/Integrated Work program

Program details

Expected duration: 2 years

Tuition and fees: Two years tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)

The MArch is a two-year professional program requiring both course work and a design thesis. The program includes coursework on topics such as architectural history and theory, advanced technology, professional practice and legal aspects of architectural practice. Students also complete several studio courses throughout the degree, and must submit a final design thesis in order to graduate.


In 2018 the Master of Architecture program was formally granted a full accreditation term of six years by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit Canadian professional degree programs in architecture.

Faculty of Architecture’s Cooperative Education/Integrated Work program (Co-op/I) Graduate Option

Students must complete two 10-week work terms to have the Co-op/I option acknowledged on their graduation parchment. Each term requires submission of a written report and portfolio covering the work completed for the professional assignment. These are Occasional Courses, above and beyond graduate course requirements.

Admission requirements

To qualify for the Master of Architecture program, you must have a minimum of:

  • A four or five year Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Architectural Design, Architectural Science, Environmental Design (Architecture Option) or equivalent
    • with minimum GPA of 3.0 or equivalent in the last two full years of study.
  • For those applying with a University of Manitoba Bachelor of Environmental Design degree, a minimum of C+ in courses EVAR 4002, EVAR 4004, EVAR 4008 and EVAR 4010 is required.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Architecture Master Preparation Option (ED AMP)

Applicants who have a recognized undergraduate degree that does not meet the admission requirements of the Master of Architecture program can consider applying for the one or two year Architecture Master Preparation Option program. Upon successful completion of the ED AMP program, students wishing to continue into the M.Arch Program must officially apply for graduate admission.

How to apply

Each year, applications for the MArch program are accepted for September entry only. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:

  • $100 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts and degree certificates
  • Current CV
  • Two letters of recommendation (must be requested from within the application)
  • Statement of intent (must be completed within application)
  • Digital portfolio 
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if required

Please read the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application instructions before beginning your application.

Portfolio and statement of intent requirements

Statement of intent

750 words maximum; 12pt minimum font size.

The statement of intent is an opportunity to reflect on your interest in the field of architecture and to give the Admissions Committee a better idea of who you are by relating what architecture means to you. Do not write what you think the committee wants to hear; rather, be direct and heartfelt in describing why you care about architecture. The following questions may assist in this endeavour:

  • What experiences have inspired your interest in studying architecture?
  • What do you believe architecture can offer culture as a whole?
  • What do you expect to get out of an education in architecture?
  • What are your favourite spaces and why? Or, what is your most poignant spatial experience?
  • What are your favourite books and why? (Not limited to architecture books).

Portfolio guidelines

The Admissions Committee requires a comprehensive and well-organized portfolio, demonstrating evidence of skills development and design ability from undergraduate design programs and any other relevant studies, professional work and/or experience. The portfolio should show complete designs as well as creative design processes, including conceptual development, design experimentation, creative and critical thinking, comprehensive design development, technical resolutions, and representations of poetic/experiential qualities.


The portfolio should demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to document, interpret, and respond to complex urban sites and cultural contexts;
  • Ability to develop clear and relevant design strategies, architectural intentions and ideas;
  • Ability to imagine, plan and design new and renovated spaces, buildings, works and sites;
  • Ability to effectively communicate in drawing, graphic, model, and verbal form, and in manners appropriate to an aspiring design professional;
  • Ability to think and design materially (quantitatively and qualitatively);
  • Ability to think and design conceptually (formally and theoretically);
  • Ability to perform research and explorations leading to appropriate design responses;
  • Understanding of architecture within the context of current global and regional issues;

The portfolio should include the following:

  • The best work from each project completed in previous design studies;
  • select research and explorations for each project, including analysis and design development;
  • documentation of design work in chronological sequence (including select preliminary sketches and material experiments, as well as final drawings, renderings, models and/or construction photos, showing technical proficiency and experiential potential;
  • applicable personal work and/or professional work.
  • PDF, digital file, maximum 20MB;
  • dimensions: minimum letter (8.5" x 11"), maximum tabloid (11" x 17"), vertical or horizontal format;
  • name must be clearly visible on the cover page;
  • table of contents;
  • brief explanatory text for each project, and titles/captions for each image and/or page;
  • general care, clarity, creativity and professionalism in the overall composition;
  • clear indication of your specific role in any group work and/or professional work.

Only PDF portfolios are accepted. Physical portfolios, if sent, will not be reviewed or returned.

Application deadlines

Canadian and US applicants

Term Application deadline Apply
Fall 2022 January 15, 2022 Apply

International applicants

Term Application deadline Apply
Fall 2022 December 1, 2021 Apply

Applicants must submit their online application with supporting documentation and application fee by the deadline date indicated. 

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Contact us

Admission and application inquiries

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 500 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Phone: 204-474-9377
Fax: 204-474-7553

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program inquiries

Faculty of Architecture
201 John A. Russell Building
84 Curry Place
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M6

Phone: 204-474-6578
Fax: 204-474-7532