Master of Architecture Admissions

MassArt's NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture program offers two tracks of entry, Track I and Track II, leading toward licensure as a professional architect. 

The M.Arch program combines professional requirements with hands-on design and build experience focused on civic engagement and the opportunity for collaborative experiences. The program educates socially-aware artisan-architects who, as future leaders in the field with broad understanding of diverse urban contexts, are versatile problem-solvers and skilled collaborators, dedicated to sustainable improvement of the built environment. 

For the program description, program features, requirements, faculty, and student work, see M.Arch Program.

M.Arch Program Tracks

The M.Arch Program accepts applications for the summer term, with courses starting in early June.

Track I (102 credits) is designed for applicants holding a bachelor's degree in a non-architectural discipline, and applicants with a degree in architecture who upon review do not meet the requirements for entry into Track II. Portfolios submitted should demonstrate design ability and may include art, fabrication, building and/or architectural work. The M.Arch welcomes applicants with construction or making experience, whether in building construction or in hand-made work such as furniture design and fabrication. The program starts in June.

Track II (60 credits) is designed for applicants with a bachelor's degree in architecture or a related field, who demonstrate the ability to manipulate structural and environmental systems and to integrate these systems into the design work presented in their portfolio. Applicants document completion of course equivalencies for all Track I, first year pre-professional requirements listed for placement and transfer credit evaluation and M.Arch requirements. An applicant accepted into Track II who is missing any of these pre-professional requirements must complete them in addition to the Track II requirements. Applicants with prior architectural degrees who do not meet the criteria for entrance into Track II may be placed into the Track I program. The program starts in June with the Community Build studio.

M.Arch Admissions Process

Applications are submitted in January as specified by the graduate program application requirements. Applicants will want to review admissions policies, tuition, financial aid, international student and other information linked to this page. MassArt encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Initial review of completed applications is conducted by the Admissions Committee. Selected applicants are contacted for interviews.

Applicants submit documentation for the placement and transfer credit evaluation, leading to placement into the appropriate M.Arch track. Early submission of documents is encouraged. Applicants must submit final documentation by April 1. All evaluations must be complete prior to matriculation and are final.

Admissions decisions are mailed in March.

Program tuition deposits are due as stated in acceptance letters. International graduate students requiring a student visa should submit deposits early in order allow time to fulfill legal requirements associated with obtaining a visa. International applicants may want to contact MassArt's International Education Center to seek requirements for study under the visa type they plan to hold while enrolled at MassArt.

Registration information is sent to applicants by the Graduate Programs office:

The M.Arch Track I and Track II programs start in the summer term, in early June.

phone: (617) 879-7203

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