Master of Architecture—Two-Year Program

This program offers students who have earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from an institution other than Northeastern to engage in the urban-focused curriculum that is offered at the School of Architecture. Students are awarded a M.Arch degree, which is NAAB-accredited.


Options Studio offers topical content that best aligns with the research and practice expertise of the faculty, which provides students with the latest concepts in architectural design, theory, and research on a consistently updated and rotating basis. Students select their top choices of studio topics and instructors, giving them more flexibility in the areas for which they would like to focus their education. 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 take classes in technology as well as architecture seminars.


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.

Core Requirements

Building and Environment
ARCH 5210Environmental Systems4
ARCH 5220Integrated Building Systems4
ARCH 5115Option Studio6
ARCH 5120Comprehensive Design Studio6
Case Study
ARCH 6430Case Studies 14
ARCH 6440Case Studies 24
Topics and Seminars
ARCH 5310Design Tactics and Operations4
ARCH 6330Seminar in Modern Architecture4
ARCH 6340Graduate Topics in Architecture4
Research and Project
ARCH 7130Master’s Research Studio6
ARCH 7140Master’s Degree Project6


Complete 8–16 semester hours (5000 level or above) 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 51156ARCH 51206Vacation0Vacation0
ARCH 5210
and ARCH 5211
4ARCH 52204  
ARCH 53104Elective (Required)4  
Elective (Required)4Elective (Optional)4  
 18 18 0 0
Year 2
ARCH 63304ARCH 63404  
ARCH 64304ARCH 64404  
ARCH 71306ARCH 71406  
Elective (Optional)4   
 18 14  
Total Hours: 68