Graduate Application

This page is for applicants to the Master of Architecture program (the final two years of the professional program). Before proceeding, please identify your current standing:

  • If you have completed a pre-professional architecture degree that is fully equivalent to Dalhousie's BEDS degree, please follow the process below. If you are not certain that this applies to your degree, contact the Architecture office, arch.office@dal.ca.
  • Most graduates of a pre-professional architecture program should refer to the instructions for transfer architecture students.
  • Former Dalhousie BEDS graduates should contact the Architecture office for instructions.
  • 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 or Student Accounts

a) Graduate application
Please apply online.
Within two weeks you will receive an e-mail message from the Registrar's Office that provides your student number (B00xxxxxx).

b) Application fee

After receiving your student number, please go to Student Accounts Web Payments to pay the $115 graduate application fee.

2. Items for the School of Architecture

Please prepare all items digitally and send them to grad.arch@dal.ca, rather than on paper and through the mail. For each item you submit, please indicate your surname at the start of the file name. A complete set of files might be named, for example,

  • trudeau-portfolio.pdf
  • trudeau-statement.pdf
  • trudeau-resume.pdf
  • trudeau-english.pdf

a) Official academic transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended

Please arrange for your previous institution(s) to send the transcripts directly to the School of Architecture in two formats

  • a PDF to grad.arch@dal.ca
  • two printed copies to: Admissions, School of Architecture, Dalhousie University, 5410 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS  B3H 4R2

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) Digital 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 in a single PDF, max. 20 MB, with your name on the first page. For any collaborative projects, include a list of the team members and a description of your role. In the PDF, please do not include animations or links to external files or websites. To keep the PDF file size small, please adjust the resolution of your images first. Do not include your statement of intent, resumé, or reference letters in the portfolio; they must be submitted as separate PDFs.

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 statement also should mention your anticipated thesis topic and eventual career aspirations.

d) Resumé

Please submit your resumé (1–2 pages) as a separate PDF.

e) Two letters of reference

At least one letter should be from an academic instructor. Please ask your referees to use Dalhousie's Confidential Reference Letter form.

f) 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 (in-person or online). Other acceptable scores are TOEFL 580 PBT, MELAB 85, CanTest 4.5 (with no band score lower than 4.0), CAEL 70 (in-person or online, with no band score lower than 60), and Pearson English Test PTE Academic 65 (with no score below 54). Completing Dalhousie's English Language Studies Department EAP Level 2 course with a grade of A– or higher is also acceptable. A Duolingo test is not acceptable. If you have completed a degree at an English-language university, this requirement may be waived. See the Graduate Studies website for details.

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 Graduate Secretary in the Architecture office: grad.arch@dal.ca.