The Master of Architecture degree is awarded for completion of 90 credits (or the equivalent as determined by the School of Constructed Environments). Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner. The program can be completed in 2 or 3 years, depending on an evaluation of the student's educational background. The standard course of study is three years.
Students with a four-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from a recognized undergraduate program will be evaluated for advanced placement in the program. See below for details.
M.Arch Program Advanced Placement
Evaluation for advanced placement is conducted by the admission committee on the basis of a review of the applicant’s design studio work. Students granted advanced placement are awarded up to the equivalent of one year of graduate study (30 credits). They must complete a minimum of two years of study (60 credits) in residence and fulfill all other master’s degree requirements.
To be considered for advanced placement, an applicant must have completed the following undergraduate curriculum with grades of B or better in all courses:
- 6 semesters Studio
- 2 semesters History
- 2 semesters Structures
- 1 semester Theory
- 1 semester Environmental Technology
- 1 semester Construction Technology
Waiving Required Courses
A student may be granted a waiver for a required course or courses if he/she has taken an equivalent course at another institution. A request for a waiver must be submitted at least one month before the registration deadline for the required Parsons course. If a waiver is granted, the student must make up the credits by taking additional electives.
Students requesting a course waiver must submit a transcript for the equivalent course(s) showing grades of B or better, course syllabus/syllabi, and samples of their completed course assignments, including project images (8.5 × 11 inches format) and/or copies of tests or writing samples.
- The student submits a list of courses for which a waiver is sought along with the corresponding courses from the other institution(s), including the date each class was completed and the grade received.
- The School of Constructed Environments reviews and responds to the waiver request, evaluating each course separately.
- If a course or courses are waived, Parsons will officially revise the student’s program of study accordingly. Note: Only courses are waived, not credit requirements; electives must be substituted for the waived courses.
Parsons' Master of Architecture degree is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
For more information about NAAB, visit www.naab.org.