Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)
NYIT’s Master of Architecture is centered on our innovative studio, technical, and liberal arts courses where students develop a critical understanding of the overlapping territories in which architecture is practiced: new technologies, materials, and building practices; culture, history, and politics; and their impacts on patterns of new and existing built forms. As technology and architectural practice evolve, this critical perspective enables NYIT graduates to offer design leadership that contributes to an increasingly sustainable built environment.
NYIT’s M.Arch is a designated STEM program, making its international graduates eligible for the 24-month extension to the Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa.
M.Arch candidates develop fluency with evolving technologies for effective problem solving, experimentation and communication, in an environment where specialists in related disciplines work with common purpose. Students will study with a faculty of distinguished scholars, professors of practice, and visiting faculty who bring unique focus and expertise.
Our students are also invited to conduct advanced study in collaboration with NYIT’s program in Urban and Regional Design and with other disciplines within NYIT including Engineering, Management, Social Sciences, Bioengineering, and Health Professions. We also foster academic exchange with our collateral university partners for collaboration within new networks of professional experts.
As the building professions become more focused on specialized software platforms and manufacturing processes, the critical role of architects in society will be to provide the skills and techniques to contribute to, and the perspective to lead the interdisciplinary teams that are involved in the realization of built projects.
The School of Architecture and Design at NYIT prepares graduates to enter today’s design and construction fields with uniquely experimental and innovative approaches to the challenges of architectural practice—from those at the scales of individual structures and their components, to complex institutions, multi-use projects, and whole communities. NYIT M.Arch graduates will be prepared to contribute, with a deep understanding of the extended contexts and networks within which we operate, and to anticipate the impacts of their actions on our environment.
NYIT’S School of Architecture and Design offers a 1st Professional Master of Architecture Degree program (M.Arch) with 60 credit or 99 credit degree tracks.
All applicants are required to submit full applications by the designated due dates, which may be found on the NYIT website. Please carefully review the required application materials listed below, as they differ for each track.
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Master of Architecture: 2-year 60 Credit Degree Track
This M.Arch degree track is designed for applicants who hold an undergraduate, pre-professional bachelor of science degree in architecture.
Candidates for this track must earn 60 credit hours and satisfactorily complete all required courses before a degree is granted. No transfer credit is offered for graduate level coursework from other institutions.
Applicants must have fulfilled the following pre-requisite courses:
- 4 consecutive architectural design studio courses (5 to 6 credits each) including design fundamentals and building design at a variety of scales and program types
- 1 architectural structures course (3–4 credits)
- 1 architectural environmental systems course (3 credits)
- 2 building construction courses (3 credits each)
- 2 architectural history courses (3 credits each)
Applicants to the four semester track whose undergraduate work only partially meets these requirements may be asked to take courses in addition to the 60 credit hours, or they may be considered for admission to the seven semester track. To determine if requirements are likely to be met, applicants may compare course descriptions from their prior degree with similar courses in NYIT SoAD's undergraduate B.S.A.T. degree.
Portfolio Requirements for the 2-year 60 Credit Degree Track
Applicants must submit a digital portfolio of creative work—not exceeding 30 pages in PDF format, with a maximum file size of 50MB. The admissions committee values work that demonstrates knowledge, interest, and ability in design, in technical areas, and that reflects human and social concerns. The portfolio must allow the admissions committee to ascertain whether pre-requisites have been met. The portfolio is to include work from a minimum of four consecutive semesters of studio courses (5 or 6 credits each) that spans a range of topics from fundamentals of design to building design. Projects from each studio semester (but not necessarily each studio project) are to be included. Selected studio work should demonstrate the candidate's ability to integrate appropriate levels of design and technical content, with clear and appropriate presentation skills. Please include the major projects from each design studio course.
Applicants are also encouraged to include examples of creative work outside of studio coursework. These may include drawings, paintings, sculpture, performance, video, animation, and/or audio recordings, etc. Please identify each piece with a date, title, medium, and a brief explanation of the creative work and its context—academic project, work-related project, independent work, or research. For any team or collaborative projects, please identify all participants and highlight your own contributions. Portfolio making is a design project in itself. The goal is to portray good design work through crisp and clear reproductions.
Please include both photographs of physical models, scans of hand drawings, and digitally generated representations of your work. Please provide the course and project titles, as well as concise captions for each image. For group or collaborative projects, identify all participants and indicate your own contributions.
Master of Architecture: 3.5-year 99 Credit Degree Track
This M.Arch degree track is designed for applicants who hold undergraduate bachelor's degrees in disciplines other than architecture, without a pre-professional degree in Architecture.
Students must earn 99 credits and satisfactorily complete all required courses before a degree is granted. No transfer credit is offered for graduate level coursework from other institutions. Pre-requisites: Applicants must have fulfilled two required prerequisite courses: one calculus course and one physics course with a lab. In preparation, at least two studio art, art and/or architecture-related courses are strongly recommended.
Portfolio Requirements for the 3.5-year 99 Credit Degree Track
Applicants must submit a digital portfolio of creative work—not exceeding 30 pages in PDF format, with a maximum file size 50MB. The purpose of the portfolio is to allow evaluators to gauge the applicant's potential for architectural design. Show us what you are good at and what you are passionate about. Applicants may include in the portfolio samples of art and/or design-related work such as drawings, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, or still reproductions, as well as links to video and/or audio recordings of creative work which may include, performance, animation, etc. Please identify each piece with a date, title, medium, and a brief explanation of the artwork and its context—academic project, work-related project, independent work, or research. For any team or collaborative projects, please identify all participants and highlight your own contributions.
For Both 60 Credit and 99 Credit Tracks
Additional required application materials for both tracks—all applicants must provide the following:
- Personal Statement (1,000 words maximum), elaborating on your experiences to date and your interests in architecture and in studying at NYIT.
- CV highlighting your professional, work, and extracurricular experiences, plus community engagement and service, as applicable.
- References: Provide the name, position, and email addresses for three people who have direct knowledge of the candidate's professional potential and academic ability. The admissions committee or its designee will solicit confidential evaluations on the applicant's behalf.
- Optional Interview: You are encouraged to meet with the graduate program director.
- Transcripts: either in progress or complete. Final transcripts are reviewed prior to registration. Official Copies of undergraduate transcripts for all university level schools attended.
- Proof of Degree: official copy of college diploma or other proof of degree.
- Completed application form as per NYIT Graduate Admissions Department.
- Application fee: $50 nonrefundable application fee.
- English Language Proficiency for international students plus I-20 and transcript evaluation:
A minimum score of 6.0 (IELTS), 79 (TOEFL IBT), or 53 (Pearson PTE) is required for full admission. Scores below 6.0 (5.0–5.5) on the IELTS, 79 on the TOEFL IBT (61–78), or 52 on the Pearson PTE (40–52), may require applicants to study English as a second language before full matriculation.