Extramural Electives

You are encouraged to take electives in other departments and universities, especially if your academic plan and thesis topic include a subject other than architecture. The class time cannot conflict with your Architecture courses. You may take one elective (maximum 3 credit-hours or equivalent) during each half of the MArch work term. A course that was taken before you entered the graduate program cannot be counted as a transfer credit toward the MArch elective requirement. (For details, go to: academiccalendar.dal.ca > Graduate Studies > Faculty of Graduate Studies Regulations > VII. Degree Requirements > 7.6.5.)

Four Extramural Options


1. Take a graduate course (5xxx or higher) from another Dalhousie department

See a list of potential courses at Dalhousie in 2019-20. You may need permission from the instructor to register for the course if you don't have the prerequisite, but permission is not needed from Architecture or the Faculty of Graduate Studies. For all courses, see the Dalhousie University timetable. Cognate departments at Dalhousie include: Canadian Studies, Community Health and Epidemiology, Contemporary Studies, Earth Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Geography, Health Promotion, International Development Studies, Journalism, Leisure Studies, Marine Affairs, Mechanical Engineering, Oceanography, Philosophy, Physics and Atmospheric Science, Physiology, Planning, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Science, Social Work, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Sustainability, and Theatre.

2. Take a graduate course (5xxx or higher) from another university

Go to FGS Forms and Documents to download a "Graduate Student Letter of Permission" form. Print, fill in, sign, and submit both pages to the Architecture office by the end of the first week of the term. Keep a copy for your records. Download and fill in a Confirmation of Registration at Host University form and ask the other university's registrar to send it to Dalhousie's registrar. You will pay the tuition fee to the other university. Keep a copy of all paperwork. See the Saint Mary's University timetable.

3. Take an elevated undergraduate course (2xxx or higher + extra work) from another Dalhousie department  

Elevating an undergraduate course would convert it to a graduate-level equivalent. The undergraduate course must be in a department that has graduate courses in the graduate calendar. Contact the instructor and make special arrangements for additional and/or more advanced work to raise the level of the course to a graduate equivalent (e.g., an extra essay of a certain length; a longer essay on a more difficult topic; an extra graduate-level assignment; or a seminar presentation to the undergraduate students). This course would be set up as a graduate-level "Directed Reading / Special Topics / Independent Study" course in the other department. No approval is needed from either Architecture or the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Only two of your electives can be of this type.

4. Take a graduate course (typically MFAR 6003) from NSCAD

The process is a combination of (2) and (3) above. Cognate departments at NSCAD University include: Fine Arts, Craft, Design, Media Arts, and Historical and Critical Studies. For NSCAD University timetables, go to: tinyurl.com/nscad-guest > Students > Search for Sections > fill in the term and subject > Submit

To proceed, download these five items and follow the detailed instructions on the first one: