Master of Architecture
MassArt's Master of Architecture Program combines professional requirements with hands-on design and build experience focused on community-based teaching and working spaces. The program educates socially-aware artisan-architects who are versatile problem-solvers and skilled collaborators, dedicated to sustainable improvement of the built environment.
Students develop a personal language of form and a responsible design ethic from the study of current, visionary, historic, and vernacular architectures. They will also experiment with the intrinsic properties and geometries of materials and building systems. Frequent critiques by faculty, guests, and visiting design/construction professionals help students further refine their designs and their vision. MassArt encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.
The full-residency M.Arch program offers two tracks leading toward licensure as a professional architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Track I (102 credits) – eight terms of coursework (three pre-professional terms and five professional terms) for applicants with previous bachelor's degrees in disciplines other than architecture, or those students with coursework in architecture who are honing their skills through the integration of structural and environmental systems in their designs. Track I students start in the summer term, in June, unless they have been granted advanced placement during the program placement and transfert credit evaluation. Students in Track I join the Track II sequence after up to three semesters – summer, fall and spring – of pre-professional coursework. Track l Applicants submit a portfolio of art and/or architectural work.
Track II (60 credits) – five terms of coursework for applicants with previous bachelor's degrees in architecture with portfolios that show their experience in architectural design that includes the ability to manipulate structural and environmental systems that reinforce their design ideas. Track II starts in June with a community design and build summer studio semester, continues through fall and spring, and concludes with a research and design thesis which is completed in two terms (summer and fall, or the fall and spring). The thesis focuses on individual research leading to expertise in their topic through a design exploration that builds on coursework, experience, and personal vision. Track II students complete the equivalent of Track I pre-professional requirements prior to entering Track II, or occasionally may complete remaining Track I requirements while enrolled in the Track II program.
Program Placement and Transfer Credit Evaluation
MassArt's M.Arch Program Coordinator evaluates all applicants to the M.Arch Track I (pre-professional and professional coursework) and Track II (professional coursework) programs for placement into the appropriate track and for transfer credit or course waivers towards advanced placement. For more information and to submit documentation for this evaluation, see placement and transfer evaluation.
Application to all MassArt's Graduate Programs is online, including portfolio submissions.