Parsons Paris

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Architecture (M.Arch)

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Theory and Practice

The Master of Architecture program is a three-year, NAAB-accredited professional degree track for students holding a four-year undergraduate degree in a non-architecture major or a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture.

With the attention and guidance of Parsons' faculty of prominent practitioners, theorists, historians, and critics from New York City's architecture and design community, the diverse, international student body engages in synthetic critical architectural inquiry and proposition. Incorporating strong representational training, a grounding in history, theory, technology, and issues and methodologies pertaining to sustainable built and natural systems, the Parsons graduate program prepares its students to enter the professional architecture community and contribute to the shaping of the built environment.


The Design Workshop is widely recognized as one of the nation's premier design/build programs. With faculty guidance, students complete the design and construction, from schematics to punch list, of a medium-scale project for a nonprofit client. Since its conception, The Design Workshop has embodied the progressive educational agenda for which Parsons and the other divisions of The New School are famous: extending education beyond the confines of the academy, developing practices that improve both the social and the physical environment, and bridging the gap between theoretical and embodied learning.

Dual Degree

Students interested in combining graduate studies in lighting design and architecture may apply to the dual degree program, a four-year 142-credit-hour program that combines the NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture and the MFA Lighting Design degrees.

NAAB Accreditation

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.

Parsons School of Design offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program: Master of Architecture (Pre-Professional Degree + 90 Credits)

Next accreditation visit for this program: 2016

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