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Athabasca University

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Graduate Diploma in Architecture (GDA) program must have the following requirements:

  1. Completion of the Athabasca University Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BSc Arch) degree with a minimum grade point average of 2.3
  2. A baccalaureate degree in architecture from an accredited post-secondary institution as evaluated by the Program Admissions Committee, with a minimum grade point average of 2.3.


Current RAIC Syllabus students who have:

  1. Successfully completed Parts 1 and 2 of the existing Syllabus with an overall GPA of 2.3; and
  2. Fulfilled the work experience requirements

may automatically be admitted to the GDA.

All applicants must be proficient in English as specified by the requirements outlined by the Faculty of Graduate Studies

Acceptable Undergraduate Degrees
The following undergraduate degrees are examples of the kinds of credentials that will be considered for admission:

  1. A four year B.Sc. with a major in architecture
  2. A four year Bachelor of Environmental Design

An acceptable undergraduate degree should also include the equivalent of at least 18 credits in design studio courses; 12 credits in building science; and 12 credits in theory or history.

Transfer Credits 
Some students may also request advance standing in the GDA in the form of transfer credits. Transfer credits will only be allowed from equivalent courses at the Masters level. A maximum of six transfer credits would be permitted. The final studio and the professional practice courses are all mandatory.

Updated October 15 2020 by Student & Academic Services

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