The procedure below is for applications to the Master of Architecture program (the final two years of the professional program) by students who have completed a pre-professional architecture degree that is fully equivalent to Dalhousie's BEDS degree. (All other pre-professional students should refer to the instructions for transfer architecture students. Students who have not yet studied architecture should submit an undergraduate application to the BEDS program. Students who already have a professional architecture degree from another country are not eligible for MArch admission and should not submit an application to the School of Architecture.)
For general graduate application instructions, see the university's Graduate Admission Requirements page. A complete application consists of seven or eight items. Two are sent to the Registrar's Office and the rest are sent to the School of Architecture.
1. Items for the Registrar's Office
2. Items for the School of Architecture
School of Architecture, Dalhousie University
5410 Spring Garden Road
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
(for courier deliveries, the phone number is 902-494-3973)
(Applicants are responsible for all shipping costs, including postage, courier delivery, and customs fees. To avoid unnecessary customs fees for international shipments, describe the package contents as "documents" and do not record a dollar value. For delivery reference, include 902-494-3973 on the shipment documentation.)
a) Two official copies of your transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended
Please arrange for your previous institution to send the transcripts directly to the School of Architecture. A transcript in a language other than English must be translated into English by the institution. Independent test scores (e.g., SAT, GRE) and high school transcripts are not required.
b) Portfolio of architectural design work
The portfolio should include advanced architectural design work. Additional design work (drawings, furniture, construction projects, etc.) also may be included. Items should be submitted as high-quality prints and/or photographs, bound into a booklet or binder with your name on the front. For any collaborative projects, a list of the team members and a description of your role must be included. This portfolio will not be returned, so please do not include originals.
c) Statement of intent
For MArch applicants, this letter to the Admissions Committee should describe the general subject area that you wish to emphasize in the MArch program (e.g., housing, urban design, history/theory, building technology, environmental systems), and your previous experience in this area. The letter also should mention your anticipated thesis topic and eventual career aspirations.
d) Two letters of recommendation
At least one letter should be from an academic instructor. Please ask your referees to use Dalhousie's Confidential Reference Letter form.
e) Evidence of English language competency (if required)
If your first language is not English, an official test result must be submitted. The requirement is IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 92 iBT. Other acceptable scores are TOEFL 580 PBT, MELAB 85, CanTest 4.5 (with no band score lower than 4.0), and CAEL 70 (with no band score lower than 60). Completing Dalhousie's College of Continuing Education EAP Level 2 course with a grade of A– or higher is also acceptable. If you have completed a degree at an English-language university, this requirement may be waived.
3. Application deadline
For MArch applications from Canada and the United States, all items must be received by February 1. For applications from other countries, all items must be received by December 1.
Most transfer students with a pre-professional architecture degree have not completed all of the subjects equivalent to a Dalhousie BEDS degree and therefore should apply by October 1 and anticipate taking one or more senior undergraduate courses in the winter term, which starts in January.
4. Confirming that items have been received
To confirm that the items in section 1 have been received, contact the Registrar's Office, phone (902) 494-2450, or fax (902) 494-1630.
To confirm that the items in section 2 have been received, contact the Architecture office, phone (902) 494-3973, or fax (902) 423-6672.