Master of Architecture—Two-Year Program

This program offers students who have earned a BS in Architecture from an institution other than Northeastern to engage in the urban-focused curriculum that is offered at the School of Architecture.


In the urban housing studio, 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. The comprehensive design studio challenges the students to consider architectural connections at all scales, from the nut and bolt to the scale of the door or window to the scale of the whole building and the city. Additionally, students can opt to study abroad in our Berlin program their first semester. 


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.


ARCH 5110Housing and Aggregation6
ARCH 5120Comprehensive Design Studio6
ARCH 7130Master’s Research Studio6
Case Study
ARCH 6430Case Studies 14
ARCH 6440Case Studies 24
Building and Environment
ARCH 5210Environmental Systems4
ARCH 5220Integrated Building Systems4
Topics and Seminar
ARCH 5310Design Tactics and Operations4
ARCH 6330Seminar in Modern Architecture4
ARCH 6340Graduate Topics in Architecture4

Research Project

ARCH 7140Master’s Degree Project6


In consultation with your faculty advisor, complete 8–16 semester hours from outside the following subject area:8-16

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

60–68 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARCH 5110 (or)6ARCH 51206Vacation0Vacation0
ARCH 52204  
Elective (Required/or)4ARCH 52104  
Elective (Optional)4  
ARCH 5310 (or)4   
Elective (Required/or)4   
 18 18 0 0
Year 2
ARCH 63304ARCH 64404  
ARCH 64304ARCH 63404  
ARCH 71306ARCH 71406  
Elective (optional)4   
 18 14  
Total Hours: 68

*Berlin curriculum