Graduate admissions

We accept applications to our graduate programs between October 1 and January 15 each year. We send out admissions decisions in mid to late March. We receive many outstanding applications, and admission to our programs is competitive. Unfortunately, we cannot offer admission to all qualified applicants.

In addition to our admissions requirements, please familiarize yourself with the minimum requirements, rules, and regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Graduate degrees

Please note that you have to submit separate, full applications to both the M.Arch and MLA to apply for the dual degree option.

Admission requirements

Previous degree

You must hold a degree that is academically equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree at UBC. This degree may be in any discipline.

Academic achievement

If you have completed your degree at a Canadian or American university, you must have a B+ (76% at UBC) average in your third- and fourth-year-level coursework. If you completed your degree at an international university, you must have a B+ (76% at UBC) average in all coursework.

English language proficiency

If your entire degree was not completed in English, you must submit an English language proficiency test. Minimum scores:

TOEFL

100 iBT or 600 paper based

IELTS

Overall band score of 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component of the academic (not general) test.

Graduate Record Examination (optional)

While not required, you may submit GRE results as additional evidence of scholastic promise and aptitude.

 

Application

Online application form

You must submit an online application form and non-refundable application fee by the application deadline of January 15.

Resume

A 1–2 page summary of your experiences in education, work, travel, volunteering, and other relevant areas.

Statement of intent

A 1–2 page statement outlining your interest in the program of choice and your motivation to pursue this degree at UBC.

Portfolio

Content

Your well-designed portfolio should demonstrate your ability to conceptualize projects in two and three dimensions through a variety of media. The portfolio may contain drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, installation, printmaking, ceramics, fashion design, and woodworking, as well as other media. Showing your creative process and ability to think conceptually will also provide context for your work. If working in collaboration with others, please clearly indicate your contribution to the submitted work.

The intent of the portfolio is to highlight design potential. You should use the portfolio to showcase your interests and accomplishments, and to show how you could contribute to a demanding professional program.

Format

The maximum dimensions are 9" x 12" x ½" (or 23 x 30 x 1.5 cm). It must be no more than 20 pages in total (or 10 double-sided) and should be securely bound in some fashion. The portfolio should also have concise, descriptive text on each page to adequately explain the work.

Submission

We do not return portfolios. Please submit only high-quality reproductions and no original work to the appropriate program office.

Transcripts

You must submit transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have previously attended, including transcripts from universities attended on exchange. If you are currently completing a degree, submit your transcripts to date. In that case, UBC will not grant final confirmation of acceptance until you have submitted the final transcripts after the degree is conferred.

If the academic records are in a language other than English or French, you must submit the transcripts in their original language and accompany them with official translations.

You can upload unofficial transcripts in your online application.

References

You must arrange for three reference letters. Referees should be academic and be able to provide insight into your past performance and ability to succeed in a graduate program. We prefer that referees submit their letters through the online application system, which provides additional details.

Application fee

Canadian citizens and permanent residents

$98.25 CDN


International applicants

$159.00 CDN


Additional administrative fee for MLA applications

$65.50 CDN

Please note that you will pay the application fee through the online application system. If applicable, you must pay the administrative fee for MLA applications on our eCommerce site.

 

Advanced placement

If you hold a pre-professional degree, the admissions committee may grant you advanced standing. We will communicate details of advanced placement in your offer of admission.

Examples of eligible degrees

  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Arts (Architecture or Landscape Architecture)
  • Bachelor of Environmental Design
  • Bachelor of Building Technology
  • Bachelor of Science (Architecture or Landscape Architecture)


Mailing addresses

Submit your portfolio to the appropriate program office:

Architecture

School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
The University of British Columbia
402 – 6333 Memorial Road
Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z2

Landscape architecture and urban design

School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
The University of British Columbia
379 – 2357 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z4