Master of Architectural Studies (MAS, post-professional)

The Master in Architectural Studies (MAS, post-professional) is an innovative and comprehensive program inviting students to engage in critical forms of historical research and architectural practice. The MAS is a six-credit post-professional degree for students interested in pursuing in-depth investigations of matters of architectural concern as a preparation for academic research. The program aims at developing multidisciplinary and multimethod approaches to individual scholarship. The MAS can serve as a prerequisite to enter the PhD in Architecture.

The MAS is distinguished by exploring individual research questions through diverse media that combine visual and textual research methods of scholarship and design. MAS projects draw on a range of faculty research interests and expertise, with attention to the ways in which these aesthetic, multicultural, cross-cultural and professional forces have engaged the world at large through a diverse range of geographical conditions, political systems, and technological traditions.

MAS students are supported by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs (FGPA) and ASAU scholarships based on academic excellence. MAS students receive Teaching Assistant positions. Scholarships and teaching assistantships are guaranteed for the two years of the program, as per individual admission offers.

The Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism prepares students for a multitude of interdisciplinary and related design fields. All of our programs emphasize creativity and innovation within theoretical and practical parameters. Graduates within the Azrieli School can also pursue a Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation.

Prospective MAS applicants are encouraged to visit the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism and to discuss their proposed research, as well as admissions requirements, with Dr. Stephen Fai, and Dr. Federica Goffi, program co-chairs.

Read this message from Federica Goffi, Interim Director of the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism.

Graduate FAQs

Once you’ve chosen your program, you will need to request an application account through Carleton University. Instructions can be found at

January 15 – guarantees your application will be reviewed for consideration of admission and funding, if applicable.
July 15 – your application file will be reviewed if funds and space remain.

No – our admission is to the fall semester only.

M.Arch 8 credit:
Successful completion of a four-year undergraduate degree in architecture or its equivalent with a minimum academic average of B minus


M.Arch 15.5 credit:
an honours degree in another discipline with a minimum academic average of B+


Successful completion of Carleton’s Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Urbanism, Conservation & Sustainability) degree with a minimum academic average of B+


Successful completion of a degree in architectural studies with a minimum academic average of B-


PhD in Architecture:
Master of Architecture or a recognized equivalent in a discipline related to the strengths of the program with a minimum GPA of A-


Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation:
BAS or equivalent degree in architecture with an average of B+ or higher 

Research Labs at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism

• Research in the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) explores and develops innovative symbiotic relationships between the digital and fabricated 2D and 3D modes of representation.
• The Carleton Research | Practice of Teaching | Collaborative (CRIPTIC) pursues research in the humanities with a diverse agenda reflecting the interests of the collaborators through publications, exhibitions, and symposia.
• Research in the Carleton Sensory Architecture and Liminal Technologies Laboratory (C-SALT) focuses on the understanding, application, and invention of the material nature of architecture, construction, and design.
• Research at the Carleton Urban Research Lab (CURL) supports design-based thinking and collaborative projects centred on the entwined issues of water, cities, and equity.

The National Capital Advantage

MAS students benefit from the proximity of organizations situated in the National Capital Region such as the National Gallery of Canada (which includes the National Photography Institute) and the Canadian museums of History, Nature, Aviation, Science and Technology. Ottawa is also home to Library and Archives Canada, the National Research Council Canada, the National Capital Commission, the National Arts Center and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Program Information

MAS Course Sequencing


Degree: Master of Architectural Studies
Length: 2 years
Entry Terms: Fall
Fall Application Deadline: January 15


For deadline information:


Contact: PhD and MAS Programs Co-chairs
Steve Fai: OR
Federica Goffi:
Pathway Options: Coursework and Thesis


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