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Architecture Admissions

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We admit approximately 30 students each year into the master of architecture (MArch) program. By providing individual attention to each student’s development, we create an environment that enables you to grow as a skilled professional, design leader and agent of positive change.

We are now accepting applications for fall 2021. The first consideration deadline is Jan. 18, 2021, and the program will begin to review applications after this date.

Minimum Academic Requirement

  • Completed a BArchSc degree (or equivalent), with a minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B)
  • Achieved a minimum of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study

Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications. The MArch program offers preparation for entry into the profession of architecture to students admitted with an undergraduate degree in architectural science (BArchSc) or its equivalent. You must hold an undergraduate pre-professional degree in architecture that is part of an accredited professional program (CACB or equivalent). College programs and degrees that are not part of an accredited architecture program are normally considered insufficient preparation for admission to the program.

How to Apply

Submitting a complete application package to the architecture program is a three-stage process: 1) Submit your application via the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC); 2) Prepare your documents to upload via Ryerson’s Yeates School of Graduate Studies (the online system is mandatory; the Yeates School of Graduate Studies will not accept any hard copy application packages, nor will they be processed), and 3) Submit a hard copy of your portfolio to the Department of Architectural Science.

1. Submit Your Application via OUAC

Visit the OUAC, external link, opens in new window webpage, select your “Status in Canada” from the drop-down menu and click “Save.”

Select the program(s) you wish to apply to and click “Save Program” (maximum three programs).

Create or log in to your OUAC account. Ensure that you write down your username and password in order to return to your application if necessary at a later date.

Prepare your application using the navigation bar on the left to fill out your information, then click “Review and Submit” and verify that all information is accurate.

Make the payment as requested (all application fees are non-refundable). The application fee is $110 per program.

Submit your application.

Note: Make sure to apply to the correct program; once you submit your application, you cannot change the program(s) you originally selected.

Print or download the PDF version of your application form and save a copy for your personal records. You will be required to upload this document along with all of your other required application materials.

Check your inbox (ensure it’s the email address you provided in your OUAC application) for instructions outlining how to upload your documents electronically.

Note: If you have a Ryerson email address, you will receive all correspondence via that email inbox. If you do not yet have a Ryerson email address, you will receive all correspondence via the email inbox indicated in your online application.

2. Prepare Your Documents to Upload via Ryerson’s Yeates School of Graduate Studies

After you have completed your OUAC application, an online account will be created for you on RAMSS within 1-2 business days. You will be emailed within 2-3 business days to create your online identity and upload your required documents, which are outlined below.

Make sure your documents are clearly labeled before they are uploaded. Once you have gathered all the required documents and activated your online identity, you can log on to the Applicant Upload portal. After you have successfully uploaded all your required documents, your application will enter the review process. Monitor your application status in RAMSS and through the Applicant Upload portal.

As mentioned in Step 7 of the OUAC application process outlined above, once you submit your online application via the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC), you will be directed to a summary of the information you submitted, which will look like image filethis example. Please save a copy of your .pdf summary (not the example) and be prepared to upload this as a part of your application.

You are required to submit a brief written statement of about 500 words outlining your research interests within the discipline of architecture. Your statement should relate to one or more of the Department of Architectural Science’s program themes and should examine this question: What will the role of the architectural profession be in the coming decades? You should try to be as detailed as possible regarding your own vision of architecture.

You may include, but are not limited to, relevant work experience, education, awards (academic, professional or financial), publications, technical skills, research experience, prior production or media experience and/or memberships in relevant professional associations.

A minimum of two letters of recommendation are required. Reference letters are a key component of your application package, so it is important that you select appropriate referees. It is also your responsibility to contact the referee before filling out the online application form to confirm their availability.

Your referees should have the ability to comment on your past achievements and your potential as a graduate student. In most cases, the referees will be former professors or research supervisors familiar with your abilities. If you have been out of school for a significant period of time, a letter from an employer may be more appropriate.

If you have graduated from the Ryerson BArchSc program within the last four years* you are not required to submit letters of reference. Simply type the following e-mail address into the referee section of your application: gradreference@ryerson.ca.

*If you are applying for fall 2020, the last four years would be 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017.

When Applying

Transcripts (or mark sheets, where applicable) are required from every accredited institution you have attended. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for admissions/evaluation purposes.

Previous Ryerson Students
If you are a previous Ryerson undergraduate or graduate student, please upload your unofficial transcript.
You can find more information on obtaining an unofficial transcript from RAMSS, opens in new window.

Students from Ontario Universities and Colleges
Applicants from Ontario universities and colleges will have the option of ordering their transcripts while completing the online application.

Language of Transcripts
If your transcripts/documents are in a language other than English, you must provide a notarized English translation. However, translations do not replace original documentation; both versions must be submitted.

Grading Scales
Please include your institution’s grading scale, often located on the back of a transcript. Please ensure to upload both sides of your transcript. If your transcript does not list a grading scale, please ensure you upload a document from the university with the grading scale outlined. Ryerson reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion if a grading scale is not provided. The Yeates School of Graduate Studies does not accept external assessments conducted by third-party agencies such as WES or ICAS. However, when requested, the Yeates School of Graduate Studies will accept the verification of the document only.

Upon Admittance

If you have been admitted into the master of architecture (MArch) program and have confirmed your offer, you will be required to submit official final transcript(s) in a sealed envelope that is sent directly from the institution(s), if not already on file. An official transcript is a document that is normally prepared by an institution’s Registrar's Office. Official transcripts are printed on security paper and bear the official seal of the institution. This document includes all courses completed, final grades, degree(s) awarded and other applicable academic information. Ryerson students are not required to submit an official Ryerson transcript.

If you are taking a spring and/or summer course(s) and your graduation status has been delayed to the fall term, you must submit an official transcript with all completed courses and grades, and a letter from your institution’s Registrar’s Office stating your degree requirements have been met and that you are eligible to graduate, including the date of the expected convocation. This letter must be prepared on official letterhead and sent directly from your institution in a sealed envelope.

If you have withdrawn from a program since applying and accepting an offer to Ryerson, and the program did not serve as the basis of admission, your official transcript must indicate that you have withdrawn from the program. Alternatively, you may submit an official transcript with all completed courses and grades, and attach a separate letter from the institution’s Registrar’s Office confirming that you have withdrawn from the program. This letter must be prepared on official letterhead and sent directly from your institution in a sealed envelope. Please contact the Admissions Office, opens in new window to ensure a withdrawal from a program does not impact your admission status.

Note: Your admissions application will remain incomplete and will not be forwarded to the program’s admissions committee for consideration unless your transcripts are received/uploaded.

If you have not completed two or more years, full-time, at a Canadian university or a university at which English was the primary language of instruction, or have not completed a graduate degree at a university where English was the primary language of instruction, you will be required to provide certification of English language proficiency through one of these accepted examinations. Test scores are valid for two years from the test date.

If you have completed a degree, internationally, at a French-speaking institution, you must also provide English language proficiency.

For exemption from this requirement, you are required to provide an official statement from your institution’s Registrar's Office confirming the use of English as the medium of instruction for the duration of your study.

Note: Meeting the minimum English proficiency requirements does not guarantee admission. Programs may set additional requirements to these minimum standards.

The portfolio is a collection of your work that demonstrates your high level of competence in all aspects of architectural design and representation. It is the most important single piece of documentation that you will submit in this application, and it should receive significant attention in terms of content and design. It should include work done at school and as a professional.

Format of Portfolio

1. The portfolio must be presented in a bound document, letter (8 ½ x 11) or A4 size. Pay special attention to the graphic and package design of the document—they are very important.

2. The portfolio must include the following information on the front cover:

  • The words “Master of Architecture Portfolio”
  • Your name
  • Your mailing address, telephone number, email address, and other contact information

3. Page two of the portfolio must be the completed PDF filestatement of authorship, opens in new window.

4. The portfolio may include up to 30 additional pages (printed on one side) or 15 additional pages printed on both sides. The portfolio may include images of creative work in any media. Please note that the portfolios will not be returned. Digital media such as CDs and DVDs will not normally be reviewed; if your work is heavily video-based, please contact the associate chair prior to submitting your application.

5. All work must be clearly labelled. Identify the name/title of the work or project, the medium and date of work, and provide any other information regarding the work submitted. If work was produced in a professional context, identify your specific role or roles on the project. Work from school completed with a group of classmates must list the names of each member of the group.

6. Any materials not included in the bound portfolio will be discarded. Do not submit original models, furniture, sculpture, etc.

Note: You must also submit a hard copy of the portfolio (see step 3). Please note that for Fall 2021 applications, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be accepting hard copy portfolios. Please only submit a digital portfolio.

3. Submit a Hard Copy of Your Portfolio to the Department 

*PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING HARD COPY PORTFOLIOS. PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT A DIGITAL PORTFOLIO.

In addition to the digital copy submitted in step 2, your portfolio must be submitted in hard copy to the Department of Architectural Science. It can be submitted in person (325 Church Street, room ARC-203), or by mail or courier. Please be sure to address the envelope as follows:

Master of Architecture
Department of Architectural Science
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3

Refer to the instructions in step 2 for formatting guidelines.