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Architecture (MArch)

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Program Overview

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: Master of Architecture (MArch)

Accredited by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board, this program provides students with opportunities for intellectual growth and the development of individual areas of inquiry by focusing on a critical study of architectural practice, both in its contemporary forms and in its future potential.

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At a Glance


  • A pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture equivalent to Ryerson University’s Bachelor of Architectural Science
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of intent outlining research interests
  • Portfolio

More information on how to apply.

For detailed graduate tuition and fees information please visit Fees by Program.

For information on scholarships, awards and financing your graduate studies visit Financing Your Studies.

  • Canadian Architectural History and Criticism
  • Design Methods
  • Food Security
  • Health Care
  • Heritage Conservation
  • Interactive Architecture
  • Low-Energy Housing
  • Representation in Architecture
  • Responsive Architectural Systems
  • Sustainable Design
  • Urban Ecology
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Intensive Research Studio
  • Seminar in Critical Practice
  • Thesis Research and Critical Project
  • Dedicated studio and seminar space for first-year students
  • Additional studio for thesis students in second year
  • CAD Lab with 40 workstations and additional computers in studio
  • Digital Fabrication Zone: 3D printer, laser cutters, CNC router, vacuum former, mini robot
  • Full wood workshop

Graduate Admissions

Admissions information and how to apply

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153

For information specific to programs please see the program contact information below.

Program Contacts

Marco L. Polo
Graduate Program Director
Research areas: Contemporary Canadian Architecture, Canadian Architecture since 1945, Regionalism in Canadian Architecture, Cultural dimensions of Sustainability, Architecture and Culture
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 556497

Mimi Lam
Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 552657
Fax: 416-979-5153

“The most important aspect of a master’s degree in Architecture is the potential to explore individual areas of inquiry that are important to the student.”

David Campbell, MArch graduate

Student Profile

Matthew Ferguson (Architecture MArch alumnus) hopes to change the way we live.

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How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.


At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.