Master of Architecture (professional degree)

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MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE (PROFESSIONAL)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The practice of architecture in the 21st century is increasingly driven by heightened cultural, social and environmental issues. In response, our top-tier program offers a comprehensive and dynamic curriculum comprised of digital design, emerging fabrication technologies, environmental simulation software, new materials, and the opportunity to engage in a range of cross-disciplinary collaborations. Situated within the oldest technological institute in the us, the program draws upon a vast resource of science and engineering expertise in support of the school’s commitment to architecture as a project of interdisciplinary and social engagement. We envision the future of architecture transformed by a new generation of design research, creativity, innovation and new methodologies in the service of a socially vibrant and sustainable built environment.

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE

The master of architecture graduate program is a three  year program leading to a NAAB accredited professional degree in architecture. The program is open to applicants with a baccalaureate or equivalent degree in any discipline or field of study. Students come from the full range of liberal arts, design, science and engineering disciplines and are able to show evidence of analytical and creative skills. The first year of the curriculum constitutes the core foundation of design, technology, history and critical theory courses. The second two years of the curriculum build on the foundation with integrated advanced design studios and seminars.

M.ARCH ADVANCE STANDING

The M.Arch graduate program allows students holding a bachelor of science in architecture degree to be considered for advanced standing. Upon review of transcript and portfolio, successful candidates may have up to two design studios waived. The academic advisor and faculty members will review additional course waiver requests. The program begins with advanced design studios and seminars in the fall semester. Coursework opportunities include concentrations in built ecologies, lighting and acoustics. A candidate admitted with advanced standing normally completes degree requirements within two years of full time enrollment.

STEM Designation

The MArch program is now designated as a STEM program in Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology (CIP code 04.0902) making international MArch graduates eligible to extend their F-1 visas for up to three years in order to work in the United States.

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Dean

Evan Douglis, Professor

Address

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
School of Architecture
110 8th Street - Greene Building
Troy, NY 12180 - USA

Main Phones

Front Desk: (+1) 518-276-6466
Dean's Office: (+1) 518-276-6460
Undergrad Admissions: (+1) 518-276-8478
Graduate Admissions: (+1) 518-276-6877

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