Master of Architecture—Three-Year Program

Open to candidates who do not have a BS in Architecture or equivalent.
Applicants from all disciplines are welcome. Those who have some architecture course work may be eligible for advanced placement.

The program requires three years of study. Students have the option to spend a semester at the school’s Berlin program and have the option to enroll in the summer intern program managed by the university’s co-op program.

After completing a first-year introductory curriculum, students in the three-year program merge into the two-year MArch curriculum.


In the first year, students take intensive studios, technology classes, and architectural history classes to immerse them in the studio culture of the school and to give them a strong foundation to begin the upper-level studios. The introductory graduate skills and design studios are specifically designed for the students in this program who do not have experience doing architectural drawing and designing. Students complete a series of projects that will give them an opportunity to develop the skills and the critical thinking needed in the graduate curriculum.


In the second-year studios, students have an opportunity to learn to develop new patterns of housing for specific Boston sites and to develop those sites with their own individual interventions. Students also have the option to study abroad at the school’s Berlin program during the fall. The comprehensive design studio challenges the students to consider architectural connections at all scales, from the detail, to building systems, to the whole building, and ultimately to an architecture situated in an urban and climatological context. Additionally, students take building technology and architecture seminar courses.


In the final year, students engage in a two-semester research and design project based on pertinent contemporary topics chosen by the graduate faculty, or students may propose an independent research and design project. Team research is conducted and compiled into online and physical research books. This body of compiled research then becomes the basis of the intellectual framework for the individual students' design projects. This final degree project parallels an in-depth two-semester professional practice sequence that analyzes all of the contingencies of successful architectural projects, including architectural offices and their project management strategies, real estate development criteria, and associated project finance.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

  • Students in the Boston option should complete Design Tactics and Operations (ARCH 5310), Housing and Aggregation (ARCH 5110), and  Structural Systems (ARCH 2230).
  • Students in the Berlin option should complete Architecture and Urbanism Abroad (ARCH 3361), Studio Abroad (ARCH 3155), and Seminar Abroad (ARCH 3362)

 General Requirements

ARCH 2330Architecture, Modernity, and the City, 1800 to 19104
ARCH 2340Architecture, Modernity, and the City, 1910 to 19804
Building, Design, and Environment
ARCH 2230Structural Systems4
or ARCH 3362 Seminar Abroad
ARCH 2240Architectonic Systems4
ARCH 3450Advanced Architectural Communication4
ARCH 5210Environmental Systems4
or ARCH 3362 Seminar Abroad
ARCH 5220Integrated Building Systems4
ARCH 5110Housing and Aggregation6
or ARCH 3155 Studio Abroad
ARCH 5120Comprehensive Design Studio6
ARCH 6100Graduate Skills Studio6
ARCH 6200Graduate Studio 1: Architectural Design6
ARCH 7130Master’s Research Studio6
Professional Practice
ARCH 6430Case Studies 14
ARCH 6440Case Studies 24
Topics and Seminar
ARCH 5310Design Tactics and Operations4
or ARCH 3361 Architecture and Urbanism Abroad
ARCH 6330Seminar in Modern Architecture4
ARCH 6340Graduate Topics in Architecture4

Research Project

ARCH 7140Master’s Degree Project6


Required Electives
Complete 8 semester hours of non-ARCH courses (required).8
Optional Electives
Complete 4 semester hours of ARCH courses (optional). Electives outside architecture may be taken in consultation with your faculty advisor.4

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

96–104 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours
ARCH 23304ARCH 62006Vacation0
ARCH 61006ARCH 52104 
ARCH 22404ARCH 53104 
Elective (Required)4Elective (Required)4 
 18 18 0
Year 2
ARCH 2230 (or)4ARCH 34504 
ARCH 51206 
ARCH 5110 (or)6ARCH 52204 
ARCH 6340 (1 of 2)4 
ARCH 2340 (or)4  
Elective (Optional or)4  
 18 18 
Year 3
ARCH 63304ARCH 6340 (2 of 2)4 
ARCH 64304ARCH 64404 
ARCH 71306ARCH 71406 
Elective (Optional)4  
 18 14 
Total Hours: 104

*Berlin curriculum