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Master of Architecture (2-Year Program)

College of Architecture, Design & Construction Management

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Graduate Program
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Program Description

From Bachelor to Master in just 4 semesters

Wentworth's two-year Master of Architecture (MArch) program provides a graduate-level course of study for students who have successfully completed a four-year NAAB-based Bachelor of Science in Architecture at another institution. The MArch degree is typically completed in four semesters, contingent upon the department's evaluation of prior coursework. This degree is an essential credential for those who aspire to professional registration and licensure as architects.

First-year coursework includes two studios, core courses in theory and professional practice, as well as architectural electives. Second-year coursework centers on the development of advanced, research-based knowledge, including a special topics studio, a seminar on research methods, and a class focused on thesis preparation. In the spring, you would enroll in a thesis studio and advanced topics seminar, enabling you to develop and defend original research in the form of a design thesis.

  • Application Requirements

    Candidates who have earned a four-year NAAB-based Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree at another institution – or who have graduated from Wentworth’s B.S. in Architecture program more than one year prior to submission – must complete the external candidate application process for the two-year program. Wentworth graduates may still be considered for admission to the one-year program based on the department’s assessment of their status. 

    To apply to the two-year program, candidates must complete the online application and submit the following materials:

    • Statement of Objectives. Answer each of the three following questions listed below:
      1.    If you were given complete freedom to investigate an architectural question, what would it be and how would you start? (300 words)
      2.    Describe an object or environment that you have made, repaired, built or created. (300 words)
      3.    Name a place (real or imagined) where architecture matters, and describe it. (300 words)
      The statement must be submitted as an electronic file with the application. 
    • Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Recommendation Letters. With your application, you should submit the names and titles for two people who are providing you with letters of recommendation.
    • Official Transcript(s). All external applicants must submit an official transcript from all institutions (including Wentworth, if applicable) attended after high school graduation. The transcript(s) must be in a sealed envelope from the registrar’s office; loose or opened transcripts will not be accepted. Transcripts from non-English based programs should be accompanied by official English translations.
    • GRE. Applicants must complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and submit official scores.
    • Application Fee. A non-refundable $50 fee is required.
    • Design Portfolio. Portfolios should contain work that demonstrates your proficiency in architecture and reflects the full range of your creative, research and technical skills. The portfolio should be submitted as an electronic pdf file no larger than 20MB. See the Portfolio Recommendations section below.
    • Proof of English Proficiency (for non-native English speakers). Please review Wentworth's English proficiency requirements. International applicants will also be required to submit proof of financial support.

    All materials should be submitted electronically; recommendation letters may be submitted either electronically or by mail to:

    Admissions Office
    Wentworth Institute of Technology
    Attn: Graduate Architecture
    550 Huntington Ave
    Boston, MA 02115

  • Portfolio Recommendations

    The following recommendations are designed to help you produce a strong architectural portfolio:

    • Format. Applicants should submit an electronic copy of their portfolio. Portfolios may be uploaded to the application or emailed to Admissions with the subject line “MARC Application Portfolio”. The body of the email should include the applicant’s full name and address. Electronic portfolios should be pdf files and must not exceed 20MB.
    • Content. Emphasis should be placed on your four to five best and most creative projects. Creative and professional work may be included if it helps illustrate your abilities to perform successfully as a graduate student. Preference should be given to your original design work. Show a range of your work: sketches, images, photography, sculpture, writing samples or any works that convey your artistic sensibilities.
    • Organization. Portfolios should be well organized with a brief introductory text for each project. Each project should be clearly labeled.
    • Simplicity. The goal of the portfolio is to legibly display the quality of your design and creative work. Focus your efforts on making the clearest presentation with simple elegant layouts of imagery and brief, informative texts. Use straightforward typefaces (avoid all-caps body texts and force-justification to ease legibility).
    • Quality. Make an effort to document your work carefully so that photographs, digital prints, and scans of your work are of high quality when printed. The committee expects a professional presentation.

Program Curriculum

  • FIRST YEAR

    Fall Semester (total credits 18)

    • ARCH8000, Adv. Graduate Studio 01
    • ARCH8250, Adv. Tech. & Materials
    • ARCH8300, App. Res. & Des. 01
    • ARCH8400 Structures 01 OR
    • ARCH8750, Concentration Studies OR
    • ELECTIVE, Architecture

    Spring Semester (total credits 18)

    • ARCH8500, Adv. Graduate Studio 02
    • ARCH8650, Fabrication Methods
    • ARCH8700 App. Res. & Des. 02
    • ARCH8750, Concentration Studies OR
    • ARCH8800 Structures 02 OR
    • ELECTIVE, Architecture
  • SECOND YEAR

    Fall Semester (total credits 18)

    • ARCH9000, Studio 09: Special Topics
    • ARCH9200, Thesis Preparation I
    • ARCH9300, Thesis Preparation II
    • ELECTIVE, Architecture

    Spring Semester (total credits 18)

    • ARCH9500, Studio 10: Thesis
    • ARCH9600, Professional Perspectives
    • ARCH9700, Advanced Topics
    • ELECTIVE, Architecture

Program Tracking Sheet

Architecture at Work

Earnings in 2015

Architects with MS degrees on average brought home more than 46K per year.

Top 5 Job Titles for Architects with MS degrees:

  • Architectural Designer
  • Designer
  • Junior Architect
  • Project Manager
  • Junior Designer
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