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  • 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 two or three years, depending on an evaluation of the student's educational background. The standard course of study is three years.

    In the second year of the MArch, students have the opportunity to enroll in the Design Workshop, which embodies the progressive values of Parsons and The New School. It unites theoretical and hands-on learning and trains students to develop practices to improve the social and physical environment. Past projects include a sustainable laundromat and information center for Hurricane Katrina survivors, a rooftop garden with educational and recreational facilities for Bronx youth, and pool pavilions for two NYC communities.

    Students take Parsons electives in design history, theory, and technology and enjoy the opportunity to choose electives offered in other programs and disciplines throughout The New School.

    For a complete listing of courses and course descriptions, visit the university course catalog.

    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.

    The curriculum below applies to students who enter Parsons in fall 2020 and after. To view degree requirements from prior years, visit the Academic Catalogs archive.

  • MArch 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 (courses can include foundational design studio)
    • 1 semester History (course mapping the historical evolution of architecture in various cultures across the globe)
    • 1 semester Structures (course may include physics and calculus)
    • 1 semester Theory (course focused on critical review of architecture as a discipline)
    • 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 they have 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-by-11-inch format) and/or copies of tests or writing samples.

    Process:

    1. 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.
    2. The School of Constructed Environments reviews and responds to the waiver request, evaluating each course separately.
    3. 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.

    Graduate Minors

    Students can use elective courses toward completing one of the university’s graduate minors. These structured pathways of study immerse master's and doctoral students in disciplines outside their primary field and expose them to alternative modes of research and practice. Completed graduate minors are officially recorded on students' transcript.

    Licensure and Certification Disclosure

    This program has been designed to meet educational requirements for professional licensure or certification in New York. A determination has therefore not been made regarding whether this program will meet educational requirements for licensure or certification in other states or U.S. territories. Students who are considering enrolling in this program and who intend to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than New York should contact the appropriate agency to seek guidance and information confirming licensing or certification requirements before beginning the program. Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements are subject to change periodically and may include education or degree, professional examinations, background checks, character and fitness qualifications, work experience, fingerprinting, and other requirements.

    Disclaimer: The links below lead to websites created and maintained by other organizations. These links are provided for the user’s convenience. The New School does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Furthermore, the inclusion of these links is not intended to reflect their importance, to endorse the organizations sponsoring the websites, or to endorse the views expressed or the products or services offered on the websites. Please note that privacy policies on these websites may differ from those of The New School.

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  • Licensure and Certification Disclosure

    This program has been designed to meet educational requirements for professional licensure or certification in New York. A determination has therefore not been made regarding whether this program will meet educational requirements for licensure or certification in other states or U.S. territories. Students who are considering enrolling in this program and who intend to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than New York should contact the appropriate agency to seek guidance and information confirming licensing or certification requirements before beginning the program. Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements are subject to change periodically and may include educational or degree, professional examinations, background checks, character and fitness qualifications, work experience, fingerprinting, and other requirements.

    Disclaimer: The links below lead to websites created and maintained by other organizations. These links are provided for the user’s convenience. The New School does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Furthermore, the inclusion of these links is not intended to reflect their importance, to endorse the organizations sponsoring the websites, or to endorse the views expressed or the products or services offered on the websites. Please note that privacy policies on these websites may differ from those of The New School.

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