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Undergraduate Application

A complete application consists of six or seven items. Two are sent to the Registrar's Office and the rest are sent to the School of Architecture. For Canadian and international students who have not yet studied architecture, all application items must be received by March 1. (For students who have already completed some university-level architecture courses or a university pre-professional architecture degree, please refer to the Transfer students page.)

1. Items sent to the Registrar's Office:
Registrar's Office, Dalhousie University
1459 Oxford Street, P.O. Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

a) Undergraduate application
There are two options:
Apply online; or
Download an undergraduate application form and mail it in

b) Application fee
The fee is $70. There are several payment options.

2. Items sent to the School of Architecture:
Admissions, School of Architecture, Dalhousie University
5410 Spring Garden Road, P.O. Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(Applicants are responsible for all shipping costs, including postage, courier delivery, and customs fees. To avoid unnecessary customs fees for international shipments, describe the package contents as "documents" and do not record a dollar value. For delivery reference, include 902-494-3971 on the shipment documentation.)

a) Official academic transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended.
Please arrange for your previous institution to send two copies of your transcript directly to the School of Architecture. Transcripts from outside Canada that are in a language other than English must be translated into English by the institution. Independent test scores (e.g., SAT, GRE) are not required.

b) Portfolio of design work (about 10-15 items).
The portfolio is intended to demonstrate your creativity and/or artistic skill. It may include free-hand sketches, precision drawings, paintings, furniture, sculpture, craft objects, creative photography, construction projects, etc. Items should be submitted as high-quality prints and/or photographs, bound into a booklet or binder with your name on the front. If any items were done by a group and/or in an academic course, please indicate this in labels or a list. Your portfolio will not be returned, so please do not submit originals or an expensive portfolio case.

c) Statement of intent.
To introduce yourself to the Admissions Committee, please prepare a statement with three parts:
  • a letter that describes your background (interests, activities, accomplishments, travels, etc.) and your previous university studies; your interest in architecture and in the program at Dalhousie; and your longer-term aspirations
  • a page that indicates which previous courses satisfy the BEDS math/science prerequisite (two half-courses that required Grade 12 math); please include their course descriptions from the university calendar
  • your curriculum vitae (1-2 pages)

d) Two letters of reference.
At least one letter should be from an academic instructor. Your referees may use the School's undergraduate reference form - available as a Word file (undergraduate_reference_form.doc) and a PDF (undergraduate_reference_form.pdf) - or send their own letter to Admissions, School of Architecture, at the address above.

e) Evidence of English language proficiency (if required)
If your first language is not English and you have not studied for at least one year at an English-language university in courses that required English proficiency, an official test result must be submitted. The TOEFL requirement is 580 written or 92 Internet. The IELTS requirement is 7.0. For details and other acceptable English tests for undergraduate admission, refer to "8. English Language Proficiency Requirements" in the undergraduate calendar.


Confirming that items have been received
To confirm that the items in section 1 have been received, e-mail the Registrar's Office, phone 902-494-2450, or fax 902-494-1630.

The Architecture office will send you a confirmation e-mail only when all of the required items have been received, indicating that your application is complete. If you have not received confirmation two weeks after submitting your final item, please e-mail the Architecture office, phone 902-494-3971, or fax 902-423-6672. (Please disregard the Registrar's online record of items received.)

Graduate applications
Please refer to the Graduate application page.