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.