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Applying to Graduate Studies

2020-2021 Application Information

The Daniels Faculty offers four rigorous graduate programs for the emerging architect, landscape architect, urban designer, artist, or curator. Prospective students may apply once a year for a September start, with the exception of the post-professional programs in architecture and landscape architecture. To learn more about the Daniels Faculty and what we have to offer visit our Future Students page. For general University of Toronto graduate studies information, please visit the School of Graduate Studies website.

Admission Requirements

How to Apply

All graduate applicants to Daniels apply through the School of Graduate Studies Online Admissions Application. Most application requirements are to be submitted electronically on the online application system with the exception of official electronic English language proficiency results. Applicants who receive an offer of admission will be required to submit official hard copy transcripts to the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

Steps to Apply

  1. Read carefully the School of Graduate Studies admissions information and the requirements for the programs listed above


  2. Complete the SGS Online Admissions Application Profile
    • Report academic background
    • Report English proficiency test results (if applicable)
    • Enter referee contact information
    • Pay the application and portfolio review fees
      Once you have paid for your application, you may return to the application as many times as you like to add documents as you complete them.
    • Upload all supporting documents:
      CV, Statement of Interest, Portfolio, Transcript(s), Samples of Writing, etc.
  3. Submit official English language proficiency test results at the time of application (if applicable). See the School of Graduate Studies website for acceptable tests, instructions on how to officially report results, and the required minimum test scores.


Costs of University

Tuition schedules are posted on the Office of the Vice-President & Provost website.

The table below outlines a typical Daniels graduate student's expenses for the 2020-21 academic year and are only approximate values for planning purposes.

Tuition for domestic students: MArch, MLA, MUD $11,400
Tuition for domestic students: MVS $8,370
Tuition for international students: MArch, MLA, MUD $48,440
Tuition for international students: MVS $41,470
Incidental fees for all students ~$1,800
Compulsory health insurance (UHIP) for international students $636
Books ~$175
Studio supplies ~$1,700
Field trips* Varies
Printing/plotting/photocopying Varies
Laptop computer**  $500 - $2,500
Room in campus residence*** $7,000 - $19,500

Please be aware that tuition and fees are subject to change, and may change during the period in which applications are being processed. Before confirming a decision to accept a place in our program, visit the Office of the Vice-President & Provost website for up-to-date information on tuition and fees. Additional information is provided by the School of Graduate Studies

For information about books and computing supplies, please see the U of T bookstore online or in-store. 

*Field trips are additional, not mandatory, and may vary by destination and length.
**The Daniels Faculty highly recommends all students purchase a laptop. Please click here for our recommended specifications.
***The range in price is so large due to variances in meal plans and room options. For residence pricing and more information on alternative housing options, please visit Housing Services. For information about meal plans and eating on campus please see UeaT at

Financial Planning

The Financial Planning Calculator is a publicly-available exploratory financial planning tool available to current students, prospective students and parents. Use it to plan your budget and find out how much it will cost to study at U of T for one academic year.

There are many resources that graduate students access to fund their education. This includes financial aid, awards (including travel awards), and employment.

Awards & Scholarships

Daniels Admission Awards

Applicants will be automatically considered for any merit-based admission awards at the Daniels Faculty for which they are eligible. Daniels Faculty need-based admission awards are limited and require demonstrated merit. The admissions committee will identify applicants that meet the merit conditions for these awards and those applicants will be contacted in February/March to submit a financial need assessment.

For more information on admissions, in-course and graduating awards, please go to the awards section of this website.

Internal and External Admission Awards

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for external awards for which they may be eligible well in advance of applying for admission. For more information visit the School of Graduate Studies.

Financial Support
Financing Your Graduate Education 
Government-Funded Awards


General Admissions Information
Admission Requirements
Application Deadlines


General Admissions Information

Q: How many students are admitted every year?

A: The number of students admitted will vary annually based on the applicant pool. The Admissions Committee considers all required documents in its attempt to evaluate each applicant’s potential for enriching the Faculty.

Q: How likely am I to be accepted?

A: Admission decisions are based on a holistic reading of an applicant’s entire application package. Our programs are competitive and each year a large number of applicants apply for the relatively small number of places available in each of our programs. Although a mid B average is the minimum requirement for admission to the MArch, MLA, and MUD programs and a B+ average is the minimum requirement for admission to the MVS program at the University of Toronto, applicants that meet or even exceed this are not guaranteed admission.

Admission Requirements

Q: What are the educational requirements for admission to the master programs?

A: The School of Graduate Studies requires that all applicants possess an appropriate bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, with a final year average of at least mid-B for the MArch, MLA and MUD programs and B+ for the MVS program from a recognized university as a minimum standard of admission to any graduate program offered at the University of Toronto.

For international equivalencies, please visit the School of Graduate Studies website.

Further details regarding admissions requirements specific to the Daniels Faculty graduate programs can be found on the individual program page listed above.

Application Deadlines

Q: What are the application deadlines for the 2020-2021 admission cycle?

A: Applications for all of our graduate programs have two important deadlines:

1. December 15, 2019 (Ph.D. deadline is January 15, 2020): You must make your application payment and submit all transcripts electronically by this date. Note: Transcripts are uploaded only after the payment is made. Deadline for Masters Grad Programs has been extended to December 15, 2019 (document deadline remains as January 8, 2020).

2. January 8, 2020 (Ph.D. deadline is January 20, 2020): You must submit all other supporting documents (Letters of Reference, CV, Statement of Interest, Portfolio, and Writing Sample(s)) by this date.

Submissions are due by 11:59pm (EST; Eastern Standard Time).


Q: Do I need to submit Proof of English Proficiency?

A: Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. The required minimum scores and further details on how to submit test results are listed on the School of Graduate Studies website. This requirement should be met at the time of application.


Q: How is the program funded?

A: The Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design provides PhD students with a base funding commitment of $17,000 plus tuition and fees. This funding commitment is valid for a maximum of 4 years. Students receive their funding commitment in annual funding packages. These packages may be composed of a variety of funding sources.


Q: Is there a GRE requirement?

A: There is no GRE requirement.


Q: Should I submit a portfolio?

A: Applicants who feel a visual representation of work is required to support their research proposal have the option to portfolio of work.

• Upload your portfolio to the Online Admissions Application

• Save file name as Lastname_Firstname_PhDPortfolio and send as a single PDF file

• Clearly indicate your full name (as it appears on your online application) in your email and on your portfolio

• Clearly indicate your full application number


Q: A research Proposal was added to the required documents for the Ph.D application. Why has it been added and what is required?

A: Originally, the research proposal was not accessable on the Online Admissions Application. If you already submitted your research proposal as part of your Statement of Intent, you are welcome to copy it from the Statement of Intent and paste it in the Research Proposal upload file.  The two-page research proposal must be submitted electronically on the Online Admission Application by January 20, 2020.


Q: Do I need formal commitment from an advisor to be accepted?

A: Formal commitment from an advisor is not needed.

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