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Architecture (M.Arch.)

Laurentian University's Master’s degree in Architecture is unique in Canada.

The McEwen School of Architecture offers a unique curriculum based upon four related subjects:

  1. Design Studio
  2. Culture (including histories, material culture)
  3. Technology (including ecology, sustainability, structures)
  4. Professional Practice (including work-terms for credit)

The spine of every architecture program is the Design Studio, which will follow an intended sequence that is drawn from building in a Northern Canadian context:

Master of Architecture (MArch)

  • Year 5: Craft, Community & Indigenous Design (choice of graduate studio)
  • Year 6: Thesis Research and Design (individual design)

Academic Advisor

Steven Beites, Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator

Telephone: 705-675-1151 ext. 7263


Office: McEwen School of Architecture

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Program Language: English

The McEwen School of Architecture is now officially the 12th accredited architecture school in Canada! 

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Applicants for Direct Entry into 2-year M.Arch Program 


Due to accreditation requirements, all applicants seeking direct entry into the 2-year M.Arch Program must have a pre-professional architecture degree (i.e. BAS, BES, BEDS, etc.). Pre-professional architecture programs are those whose curriculum is designed to meet accreditation requirements established and cyclically reviewed by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) or foreign equivalent.  


[Note: Applicants who have a 4-year degree in architecture or a closely related field such as Environmental Design from a non-pre-professional program (i.e. the curriculum is not cyclically reviewed by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) or foreign equivalent), will be considered for acceptance into an Architecture Qualifying Year, including comprehensive design studio and other suggested courses. See the ‘Architecture Qualifying Year’ section below.] 


Deadline to apply: February 1st each year (please enquire at regarding rolling deadlines). If this date falls on a weekend, then the application is due on the following business day.


Application Process


Step 1. Click here to submit the online application. Once students have applied, they will receive instructions (typically within 48 hours) from the Office of Admissions leading them to the MyLaurentian portal. Students can access the portal at; sign-in credentials will be provided in the correspondence received from the Office of Admissions upon successful completion of an application.


The following are required for consideration: 


An overall GPA of at least 70% (min. Laurentian University GPA 5.5) is required to be admitted into the M.Arch. program.

  • Three (3) references (to begin the process at click on

"Reference Submission" on the left-hand navigation menu – you will need to send the electronic form provided on the portal to your referees)  

  • A current curriculum-vitae/resume (to be uploaded via MyLaurentian)

  • A 1-2 page letter expressing what area(s) of design you wish to focus upon for graduate work including any particular professors you may want to work with (to be uploaded via MyLaurentian). Please note that M.Arch Thesis advisors are assigned after entry into the program.


A) For those who hold or will hold a BAS and are continuing to the M.Arch after the program at Laurentian, you must also submit:

  • A Design Portfolio showing your creative and design skills, technical knowledge, and relevant professional experience. Due to the pandemic, portfolios must be submitted electronically via the platform Issuu.

  • We ask that you:

    • Send the link of your online portfolio to

    • Embed the link in the letter of interest requested above.


B) For those applying to the M.Arch program from outside of the BAS program (including those applying for the Architecture Qualifying Year), you must also submit :

  • Official transcripts, indicating your previous pre-professional architecture degree* (or previous undergraduate degree if applying to the Architecture Qualifying Year). 

  • A Design Portfolio showing your creative and design skills, technical knowledge and relevant professional experience. For each project in your portfolio please note the following:

    • If it was completed for school (what studio level), extra-curricular or during employment

    • Which climate and what location it was designed for

    • If it was completed individually or as part of a team/group; if the project was a team/group effort note your specific contribution (note the analogue and/or digital tools used (eg. Drawing mediums, computer software etc.)


Due to the pandemic, portfolios must be submitted electronically via the platform Issuu. (Remember to send the link of your online portfolio to   


*Please note that official transcripts or World Education Services (WES) course-by-course (for institutions attended outside of North America) must come directly to the Office of Admissions from the previous post-secondary institution by requesting at the time of your application or by contacting the institution's Registrar's Office.


Step 2. Once the LU Office of Admissions receives all information and the application is deemed complete, the application will be forwarded to the School. A McEwen School of Architecture Graduate Admissions Committee will meet to review all applications. 


Step 3. The McEwen School of Architecture Graduate Admissions Committee will review all applications on file and decide the suitability of each applicant. The committee will then make a recommendation to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Laurentian University. The Graduate Studies Office will verify the dossier and if satisfactory, the Dean of Graduate Studies will forward the recommendation to the Office of Admissions at Laurentian University for admission.  


Step 4: If approved for admission, the LU Office of Admissions will send the student an Offer of Admission via MyLaurentian. Applicants wishing to accept the offer of admission must indicate their response on MyLaurentian within 3 weeks of receiving the offer. Once the student has accepted the offer, a transition to the registration process occurs.  


Note: Should the applicant wish to defer their offer, a letter must be written to the Director of the McEwen School of Architecture explaining the reasons for the request. If the request for deferral is accepted, it will be valid for one year only. The applicant would be required to re-apply in any year following the one-year deferral. Requests should be submitted to


Architecture Qualifying Year 


Applicants who have a 4-year degree in architecture (or a closely related field such as Environmental Design) from a non-pre-professional program (i.e. curriculum is not reviewed by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) or its international equivalent), will be considered for acceptance into an Architecture Qualifying Year, including comprehensive design studio and other suggested courses. The Architecture Qualifying Year is designed to allow applicants to obtain the professional M.Arch degree over a 3 year period while ensuring that accreditation requirements are met. Acceptance into the graduate program is contingent on the student maintaining good academic standing during the Qualifying Year.  


Similarly, in some cases, international students with limited or no experience in cold climate construction and building envelope design, and/or students who have not demonstrated sufficient comprehensive design experience, and/or students who are not deemed to have the requisite digital proficiencies to succeed in the M.Arch program will also be recommended to the Architecture Qualifying Year.  All applicants should be applying directly to the Masters of Architecture program outlined above and will be considered on an individual basis by the unit for either the M.Arch. program or the Qualifying Year. 


*Note: In some cases, depending on the quality of the portfolio and academic transcript, students may instead receive advanced standing into the third year of the BAS program. If so, and upon successful completion of 60 undergraduate credits at the university, the student will receive a Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree and would be eligible to apply directly to the M.Arch program.


Students who maintain Good Academic Standing during the Qualifying Year will need to provide a “Letter of Intent to Continue into the M.Arch. Program” to the Graduate Coordinator before the February 1st application deadline, but will not need to reapply.  


To apply for acceptance into the Architecture Qualifying Year, applicants must follow the instructions above. In the letter of intent, applicants should clearly state that they are applying for the Architecture Qualifying Year.  



For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.

Students must follow these regulations while in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Master of Architecture

Year 5 

Term 1  (Fall)
     ARCH 5505     Architecture and Craft / Architecture et artisanat


     ARCH 5515     Studio 9: Community Building / Édifice communautaire


     ARCH 5525     Indigenous Design / Conception autochtone

ARCH 5306     Fabrication I

ARCH 5906     Architectural Practice

Term 2  (Winter)

ARCH 5915     Co-Operative Term 3 / Enseignement coopératif 


Term 3 (Spring-Summer)

ARCH 5925     Co-Operative Term 4 / Enseignement coopératif 4 


Year 6

Term 4 (Fall)

ARCH 5006     Architectural Theory Seminar

ARCH 5316     Faculty Research Seminar

ARCH 5555     Thesis Studio 1 / Thèse I


Term 5 (Winter)

ARCH 5086     Material Culture

ARCH 5326     Fabrication 2

ARCH 5565     Thesis Studio 2 / Thèse 2


Master of Architecture (Professional Degree)                                                     


ARCH-5006EL - Architectural Theory Seminar ARCH-5086EL - Material Culture ARCH-5306EL - Fabrication I ARCH-5316EL - Faculty Research Seminar ARCH-5326EL - Fabrication 2 ARCH-5505EL - Architecture and Craft (option A) ARCH-5515EL - Studio 9: Community Building (option B)
ARCH-5525EL - Indigenous Design ARCH-5555EL - Thesis Studio 1 ARCH-5555EL - Thesis Studio 1 ARCH-5565EL - Thesis Studio 2 ARCH-5915EL - Co-Operative Term 3 ARCH-5925EL - Co-Operative 4