Individuals who possess a four-year non-professional Bachelor’s degree in architectural studies, environmental design, or a comparable degree focusing on the built environment may qualify for admission into the Master of Architecture program with advanced standing. Students admitted into the M Arch program with advanced standing status will be placed into the third semester of the 3.5 year program, reducing the duration of their studies to 2.5 years.
Advanced standing is determined by the Admissions Committee, following a thorough review of an applicant's admission materials (portfolio, transcript, cv, letters of reference, AP Eligibility Summary form). The decision of the Admissions Committee is final.
All advanced standing applicants must have previously completed (at minimum) three architectural design studio courses, two courses in visual communications or representation, two courses in architecture history and theory (one in 20th century), and two courses in architectural technology and ecology.
Students interested in being considered for advanced standing status should apply directly to the Master of Architecture – first professional advanced standing option on the Online Admissions Application. Applicants with an Honours BA in Architectural Studies from the University of Toronto are not eligible for advanced standing, and may only apply to the 3.5-year Master of Architecture program.
All advanced standing applicants are required to complete the Eligibility Summary form (available on the online admissions application) if they wish to be considered for advanced standing status. This form contains a check off to indicate whether an applicant would like to be considered for the M Arch 3.5 year program if they do not qualify for advanced standing status.
Do not apply to both the M Arch advanced standing option and the M Arch 3.5 year program.
The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) offers a two year advanced standing option for individuals who possess a four year or five year Bachelor’s degree in architecture, architectural studies, environmental design, or comparable degree focusing on the design of the built environment. Students must have previously completed, at minimum, three design studio courses, two courses in visual communications or representation, two courses in architectural history and theory (one in 20th century), and two courses in biology/ecology/geography.
Students interested in the advanced standing option should apply directly to the advance placement option on the Online Admissions Application. Do not apply to both the advanced placement option and the regular 3 year stream. Applicants will be required to complete an Eligibility Summary form to assist the Admissions Committee in their evaluation of the application. This form will also collect information on an applicant's willingness to be considered for an alternative if they are inadmissible to the program to which they have applied.