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Advanced Studies in Architecture (MASA)

Course Description

The Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture (MASA) is a post-professional research degree offered in a two-year curriculum. Students work in independent design or research-based studies in collaboration with faculty members engaged in certain research themes. This immersive program is for those who wish to synthesize existing knowledge in architecture and progress contemporary concepts in the field. Within the wider University community, students engage themselves in a focused research environment enriched by resources and support from related disciplines such as community and regional planning, civil engineering, geography, and art history, visual and theory.
The MASA program is intended for qualified applicants with a previous professional degree and a capacity for independent research. The main criterion for admissions include a comprehensive proposal for their research and prior consultation with individual faculty members to discuss the applicant's ambitions and research topics. In due course, successful applicants will select a primary faculty member as their Thesis Committee Chair and a supervisory committee will be established.


Usually by the end of the two terms of study, and in consultation with their faculty mentor, MASA students create their thesis proposal. The proposal will describe, in detail, the thesis research and methodology. Their research should be aligned with their faculty supervisor's work.
When the proposal is accepted by their supervisory committee, the student may begin work on the MASA thesis.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture
- Specialization: Architecture
- Subject: Specialty
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science
- School: School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Visit the Advanced Studies in Architecture (MASA) page on the University of British Columbia website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Tuition Award - No. of awards TBC

International Tuition Awards assist international graduate students with their tuition fees if they are registered full-time in research-oriented master’s and doctoral programs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to $3,200 per annum


Students must hold a valid Student Authorization (Study Permit).

Application Procedure

Students do not need to apply, as all international students who are eligible are automatically considered for this scholarship. Awards are assigned on the Student Information System, and, once assigned, can be viewed by logging onto the Student Service Centre.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture is both a post-professional degree, designed for students holding a professional degree in architecture, and a research degree for students holding a related degree and experience relevant to graduate studies in architecture.

Course Fees

Tuition per year: Canadian $4,615.35, International $8,108.40

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