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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 emerging 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 to pedagogy in the M.Arch.

Our students also have opportunities 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.

Degree Paths

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 a pre-professional, four-year bachelor of science degree in architecture, architectural technology, or equivalent.

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. Accepted students are admitted to begin this degree in fall semesters only.

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 are also are encouraged to meet with the graduate program director.

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

  • Submit a digital portfolio of creative work through the M.Arch Supplementary Application:
    • The admissions committee values work that demonstrates knowledge, interest, and ability in design, technical areas, and reflects human and social concerns. The portfolio must allow the admissions committee to ascertain whether prerequisites have been met. 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.
    • Portfolio should not exceed 30 pages in PDF format, maximum file size 50 MB.
    • The portfolio should include work from a minimum of four consecutive semesters of studio courses (5 or 6 credits each), and 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 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.

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 or architectural technology, without a pre-professional degree in architecture or architectural technology.

Candidates for this track must earn 99 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. Accepted students are admitted to begin this degree in fall semesters only.

Applicants must have fulfilled the following pre-requisite courses:

  • 1 calculus course or equivalent, subject to M.Arch. director review
  • 1 physics course with a lab or equivalent, subject to M.Arch. director review
  • In preparation for the program, at least two studio art, art, and/or architecture-related courses are strongly recommended

Applicants are also are encouraged to meet with the graduate program director.

Portfolio Requirements for the 3.5-year 99 Credit Degree Track

A two-part portfolio is required with your application to 99-credit track program.

  • Submit a digital portfolio of creative work through the M.Arch Supplementary Application:
    • Part 1: Home Test
      Home Test is a required studio project with specific challenges. All work is to be original and executed using the attached templates, 11” x 17” portrait orientation, within the spaces indicated. You may submit up to 10 pages in any flat media. All media are acceptable for each Home Test question. This includes, but is not limited to: writing, hand-drawing, modeling, photography, collage, computer, digital imaging. The square area on each sheet defines the field of operation. If using different media, format the finished works to the templates attached. Scan or photograph the resulting work and organize it into a single, multipage PDF. Download the Home Test.
    • Part 2 - Creative Work (Portfolio)
      Creative Work is for additional creative work. Part two may be a maximum of 10 pages, in PDF format, at a maximum size of 11” x 17”.
  • Applicants may include in the portfolio, samples of art and / or design-related work such as drawings, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic or design, 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.
  • Additional material or media may be submitted through a web link, a drop box link, a google drive link, or a YouTube link. Links and web addresses may be included in the table of contents on the first page of the portfolio. Scan or photograph the resulting work and organize it into a single, multipage PDF.

Portfolio Notes

  • Name your PDF files using the following format:
    • 019_MArch_HomeTest_LastName_FirstName.pdf
    • 019_MArch_Portfolio_LastName_FirstName.pdf
  • Test files before submitting
  • Provide a table of contents for your PDF, with appropriate links as needed
  • Maximum file size for parts 1 and 2 is 50 megabytes (MBs). Please be aware of this limitation when formatting files and resolution for your work. Files larger than 50 megabytes may be rejected by the NYIT server. Links to materials available through web links, Youtube, Dropbox, or other should be included in a table of contents on the first page of the portfolio.

Requirements For Both 60 Credit and 99 Credit Tracks

All applicants must provide the following:

  • Completed application
  • Nonrefundable application fee
  • Master of Architecture Supplementary Application: Only complete this step after submitting your online application, where you will receive an application ID number to upload your supplementary application. The Supplementary Application includes the following:
    • Personal Statement: Elaborate on your experiences to date and your interests in architecture and in studying at NYIT. This should be 1,000 words maximum.
    • 60-credit track: Portfolio
    • 99-credit track: Home Test and Portfolio

Submit these additional documents through the NYIT Document Submission Form:

  • 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 your professional potential and academic ability. The Admissions Committee or its designee will solicit confidential evaluations on the applicant’s behalf.
  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts in progress are sufficient to make an admission decision. Final, official transcripts are reviewed prior to registration and are required. Final, official undergraduate transcripts are required for all university level schools attended.
  • Proof of degree: Official copy of college diploma or other proof of degree.
  • International student requirements: English proficiency, I-20, and transcript evaluation.