Program Information

School: University of Waterloo
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering/School of Architecture
Degree: Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
Field of Study: Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
Description: Architects are largely responsible for designing the buildings and spaces that enhance the quality and beauty of our world. Recognized as one of the best in North America, Waterloo’s School of Architecture provides you with a creative, international education. It’s the only school of architecture in the world that gives you access to paid co-op work experience with top design firms starting in second year. Right from the first day of classes, you’ll be taking design courses and have your own space in our bright studios. You’ll enjoy a small community with a vibrant intellectual atmosphere.

Our cultural history courses, which examine the close relationship between architecture and society, and our environmental courses add depth to core courses in design. You’ll spend the fall of fourth year at our studio in Rome, one of the world’s great cities for culture and architecture. The School of Architecture is located in the city of Cambridge, about 30 minutes south of the main Waterloo campus. The location provides wonderful spaces for design studios, labs, and classrooms. It also includes a superb design library and exhibition galleries.

URL: Architecture at University of Waterloo
Length: 5 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $10,156
International: $43,332
Careers: Architects

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)* 85

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English (ENG4U) 
  •  Grade12 Physics 
  •  Grade12 Calculus and Vectors 
  •  Grade12 Advanced Functions 

Grade 11 or 12 M Art courses, independent art studies, and creative and cultural studies such as visual arts and history are recommended. Minimum of 75% required in English and 70% in the other requisites.

Test Scores:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 90] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 80] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 75]

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Portfolio

Interview, English précis-writing exercise, and portfolio required; Admission Information Form. Note that in some cases invitations for interviews are based on final Grade 11 marks. The admission process is explained in detail on the Architecture website.