Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture (MASA)
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.
TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement
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Prior degree requirements
The MASA program is intended for qualified applicants with a previous professional degree and a capacity for independent research.
Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.Transcript Deadline
Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.Referee Deadline
Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.
September 2020 Intake
Application Open Date01 October 2019
September 2021 Intake
Application Open Date01 October 2020
Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$1,665.26||$2,925.58|
|Tuition per year|
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||$3,200.00 (-)|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Supplementary fees (yearly)||$350.00 Student Society Fees|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$930.14 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)|
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.
This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.
Bass, John (Constested landscapes Globalization and Contested Territory, Infrastructure, Social Equity, Visualization and Community Engagement)
Dahmen, Joseph (technical methods and cultural effects of resource use at the scales of architecture and territory.)
Fujita, Mari (Globalization and contested territory, urbanism, contemporary theory, spatial and cultural effects of globalism, material studies, wearables, gallery installations, interiors, building designs, urban proposals)
Macdonald, Christopher (Design Thinking, housing, social equity, policy development, contemporary urban housing practices, early modern houses)
Meyboom, Annalisa (Transportation Infrastructure and Public Space; use of structural behaviour algorithms in the generation of architectural form)
Neumann, Oliver (Digital Fabrication, Concepts of Context, Wood Construction, Contemporary Architecture Discourse, Digital technology in the building process, contemporary fabrication technologies)
Roecker, Inge (Social Equity, sustainable forms of urban habitation, social and cultural entities, urban living and communities, comtemporary programming, cultural context, sustainable building)
Rysanek, Adam (Environmental Systems)
Satterfield, Blair (use of second stream materials in construction, providing designers and the community with greater access to digital design and fabrication processes, and the design and application of energy and material efficient methods for construction)
Soules, Matthew (relationship between contemporary capitalism and the built environment; three interrelated topics that collectively constitute a significant constellation within capitalism)
Stevens, Sara (history and theory of architecture and urban design, urban history, economic theory, and the history of infrastructure)
Van Duzer, Leslie (Body and Space, Contemporary Theory, Design Thinking)