FAQs

What is the cost of the program?

Information of tuition and financial aid can be found on the Student Financial Services web page.Graduate tuition is based on a per credit basis and is updated annually.

The credit load for our programs are as follows:

  • Master of Architecture 1-year: 32 credit hours
  • Master of Architecture 2-year: 60-68credit hours
  • Master of Architecture 3 years: 96-104 credit hours

Am I eligible for the 1-year M.Arch Program?

  • Students who have graduated from Northeastern’s School of Architecture with a B.S. in Architecture with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA are eligible to apply to the 1-year Master’s Program.
  • Students with an accredited five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree are also eligible.

Am I eligible for the 2-year M.Arch Program?

Applicants to the 2-year Master’s Program must have a B.S in Architecture (or equivalent). If you have an undergraduate degree other than that, you should check with the School of Architecture to determine the correct program. Students should have an Intro Design Studio plus four architecture studios/two semesters of architecture history (survey + Modern)/Statics/Structures and Building Construction/Tectonics.

If students don’t have the minimum noted above, they may still be eligible with some additional course work. The below are some possible scenarios for students without the above courses.

2-year + Design-if you have:
Intro Design Studio plus two architecture studios/two semesters of architecture history (survey + Modern)/Statics/Structures and Building Construction/Tectonics
You will need to take an additional Design Studio

2-year + Design/History-if you have:
Intro Design Studio plus two architecture studios/two semesters of architecture history (survey but no Modern)/Statics/Structures and Building Construction/Tectonics
You will need to take an additional Design Studio + Modern Architecture

2-year + Design/History/Technology-if you have:
Intro Design Studio plus two architecture studios/two semesters of architecture history (survey but no Modern)/Statics/Structures.
You will need to take an additional Design Studio + Modern Architecture + Building Construction/Tectonics

Do I need a portfolio?

  • All applicants to the 1-year program who did not receive a BS in Architecture from NU MUST apply with a portfolio.
  • All applicants to the 2-year program MUST apply with a portfolio.
  • Applicants to the 1-year who received a BS in Architecture from NU and applicants to the 3-year programs do not need one.

What are the starting dates to the program?

  • All M.Arch programs programs start in September.
  • MDES-SUEN programs have Fall and Spring starts.

I have a degree in Architectural Studies. Do I apply to the 2-year program or the 3-year program?

If you do not have a B.S. degree in Architecture or equivalent, you will need to consult with the director of the graduate program to see what your status should be.

I am applying to the 3-year program but I do not have a portfolio. Will this hurt my chances?

No. Since applicants to the 3-year program may not have taken classes in architecture, a portfolio is not expected from them.

So I need to have taken Calculus and Physics before applying to the 3-year program?

Applicants to the MArch 3 program must have taken one semester of college-level physics and one semester of college-level calculus.  Students who enter into the program without physics and calculus have one year from the date of matriculation to complete and pass these courses, which can be taken outside Northeastern.

What types of scholarships are available and how do I apply?

All NU grads are eligible for the Double Husky Scholarship. You do not need to apply separately for this. You are automatically considered for one when you apply to the School of Architecture. NU Grads are not eligible for other CAMD funding.

Applicants to the 2-year and 3-year program will be considered for Graduate Student Scholarships.  Students must maintain good standing in order to retain the scholarships.

To be considered, you completed application must be submitted by the priority deadline (generally 2/1). There is no separate application.

General question about Financial Aid should be directed to Student Financial Services.

Can I defer admission?

If you wish to defer your admission, please contact the School of Architecture and CAMD Graduate Studies.

Note that deferrals are good for one year. If you choose not to enroll after the one-year period, you acceptance will be void and you would have to reapply.

If I received a scholarship and I defer admission, will I still be eligible the scholarship?

There is no guarantee that scholarship funding will be available for students who have deferred admission.

International Applicants 

Does the School of Architecture offer English language programs to International Students?

No.

What type of support is there for International Students at NU?

There is the International Student & Scholar Institute that can advise students on a range of events from life in Boston, registration, employment and visas.

TRANSFER CREDIT

Students entering the two-year and three-year Masters program may apply for transfer credit. The maximum transfer credits allowed by the university on the graduate level is 9. If you request transfer credit, you must supply the following:

  • Course name/number, description, and syllabus
  • Name of course you wish to receive credit for
  • Official transcript

Note that the following criteria must be met:

  • Courses taken must be graduate level courses
  • Course must be 4 credits
  • Student must have received a grade of B or better

COURSE WAIVERS

Students in the Three-year Masters only may request course waivers for courses that are similar to previously courses they have taken.  For example, if students were art/architecture history majors as an undergraduate, it is possible that they may have taken a course that is part of the three-year curriculum. Waivers only apply to courses in the first year of the program. Course in the second and third years are not eligible to waived.

To request a waiver:

  • Course name/number, description, and syllabus
  • Transcript with grade indicated
  • Name of course you wish to receive credit for

NOTE: Waivers are granted on a case-by-case basis. It is the responsibility of the student to provide the requested materials for faculty review. No waivers are given for classes after the first year.