MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE

ONE-YEAR PROGRAM

Open to candidates with either a BS in Architecture from Northeastern University or  a professional Bachelor of Architecture degree from an accredited North American program with at least one year of IDP-approved professional experience.

This program gives eligible candidates the opportunity to get a NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture degree in one year.

Application Deadline for Fall entry: February 1

Required Material for NU graduates only

If you are currently a senior:

Completed Plus One Transition to Master’s Form due to Architecture office by 2/1*
NOTE: Tim Love is your advisor. You can bring completed forms to 151 Ryder and we will sign or email to ma.hughes@neu.edu.

*Only students transitioning directly from the BS program into the M.Arch Program may apply in this manner. Students who have taken time off after graduating from the BS program must apply via the ApplyYourself portal.

If you have already graduated with a B.S. in Architecture from our program:

  • Personal Statement (1 page or less)
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended * (Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to the Apply Yourself system as part of your application.)
  • Three references (2 academic + 1 professional)
  • Portfolio if your graduation date was 5 or more years ago

Required Materials for external candidates only

NOTE: the GREs are NOT required for application to our program.

  • Application fee – US $75.00
  • Portfolio (see guidelines)
  • GPA of 3.0
  • Personal Statement (1 page or less)
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended * (Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to the Apply Yourself system as part of your application.)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation for all degree programs submitted on-line via Apply Yourself system as part of your application.
  • International Applicants: Transcripts must be in English and, if applicable, also in the language of instruction. English translated transcripts must be officially certified by a translator or by an educational credential evaluation agency. Click here for more information.

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE

TWO-YEAR PROGRAM

Open to candidates with an undergraduate degree in architecture that includes at least three design studio courses, two architectural history courses, and courses in structures and construction systems.

Application Deadline for Fall* Entry: February 1

*Please note that some admitted students may be required to take summer courses in design, architectural history, and/or technology, depending on their undergraduate work as evidenced by their transcripts.

  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to enroll
  • Portfolio is required for admission
  • Total number of credit hours needed to complete the degree: 68

Required Materials for ALL candidates

NOTE: the GREs are NOT required for application to our program.

  • Application fee – US $75.00
  • Personal Statement (1 page or less)
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended * (Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to the Apply Yourself system as part of your application.)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation for all degree programs submitted on-line via Apply Yourself system as part of your application
  • International Applicants: Transcripts must be in English and, if applicable, also in the language of instruction. English translated transcripts must be officially certified by a translator or by an educational credential evaluation agency. Click here for more information.

Send portfolios (if applicable) and official transcripts (only upon enrollment) to:

CAMD Graduate Studies
Attention: Moki Smith
Coordinator, Graduate Student Services
Northeastern University
100 Meserve
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Submit digital portfolio here.

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE

THREE-YEAR PROGRAM

Open to candidates with a non-architecture undergraduate degree

Application Deadline: February 1 for July entry

The program requires three years and a summer term to complete. Students have the option to spend a semester at the School’s Berlin program during their first spring semester program and have the option to enroll in the summer intern program managed by the University’s Co-op program. After completing a first year introductory curriculum, students in the Three-year program merge into the Two-year M.Arch curriculum.

A portfolio is preferred but not required for applicants to this program. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to apply.

NOTE: This program begins in Summer 2, not September.

Required Materials for ALL candidates

NOTE: the GREs are NOT required for application to our program.

  • Application fee – US $75.00
  • Personal Statement (1 page or less)
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended * (Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to the Apply Yourself system as part of your application.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation for all degree programs submitted on-line via Apply Yourself system as part of your application.
  • International Applicants: Transcripts must be in English and, if applicable, also in the language of instruction. English translated transcripts must be officially certified by a translator or by an educational credential evaluation agency. Click here for more information.

Applicants to the three-year program:

  • Portfolio preferred but not required*
  • English Proficiency for all international applicants (TOEFL 100 iBT or IELTS 7.0 for Architecture)
  • 3.0 GPA
  • 1 semester of college physics*
  • 1 semester of college calculus*

* Students who enter into the program without Calculus and/or Physics have 1 year from date of matriculation to complete and pass the courses. Course maybe taken at NU or elsewhere.

Send portfolios (if applicable) and official transcripts (only upon enrollment) to:

CAMD Graduate Studies
Attention: Moki Smith
Coordinator, Graduate Student Services
Northeastern University
100 Meserve
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

MASTER OF DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABLE URBAN ENVIRONMENTS

What will our cities look like in the future? How will they work? Who will live in them? Who will pay for them?

The complex cultural ecology of cities is rapidly changing – and today’s economic and environmental paradigms require diverse design approaches for urban resiliency. The Master of Design for Sustainable Urban Environments brings together the allied fields of environmental design, landscape architecture and urban planning to prepare students to be innovative and entrepreneurial creators and managers of next-generation public spaces.

The MDES-SUEN offers two tracks: a one-year (36 CH) program for students holding a professional degree in landscape, architecture or planning; and a two-year (64 CH) degree for students holding a bachelor’s degree in any field.  Core topics include urban design, waterfront vitalization, brownfield redevelopment, sustainable and secure pedestrian environments; urban habitat and green infrastructure planning and design. Read more about our course offerings here.

For more information, download the MDes Handout.

Admission to the graduate program will be determined by the School of Architecture faculty.

Applications for admission will be accepted for all academic semesters, although faculty members will ordinarily review applications in spring for fall admission.

Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 to be considered for admission.  English proficiency is required for international applicants (TOEFL 100 iBT or IELTS 7.0). The GRE is not required.

To apply to the program, students must submit the following through the university’s Apply Yourself application system:

  • Completed application
  • Application fee
  • Personal statement
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Transcripts

In addition, send the following material:

  • CV
  • Portfolio (a portfolio is optional for two-year track applicants)

Directly to:

CAMD Graduate Studies
Attention: Moki Smith
Coordinator, Graduate Student Services
Northeastern University
120 Meserve Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Supplemental Materials

TRANSCRIPTS

Transcripts must be in English and, if applicable, also in the language of instruction. English translated transcripts must be officially certified by a translator or by an educational credential evaluation agency.

Work Samples-M.Arch 1 Year-NU GRADS

Applicants with a B.S. in Architecture from Northeastern who graduated in 2010 and earlier will be required to prive work samples that demonstrate proficiency in Adobe Create Suite, Autocad and Sketch up. PDFs of 1 student project and 1 professional project should be sent to gradarch@neu.edu.

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS: M.Arch 1, 2 and 3

Portfolios are required for all one-year candidates from schools other than Northeastern and all two-year candidates.

Three-year candidates with a design, art, and architectural studies (other than a BS in Architecture) background wishing to obtain any advanced placement must provide a portfolio. Portfolios are not required for three-year candidates with non-visual arts/non-architecture undergraduate degrees and/or no visual arts course work to show.

Requirements

  1. A cover page with the student’s name, most recent degree (and any architectural degrees if they pre-date the student’s terminal degree), and the college/university where the degree(s) was received.
  2. Include a one-page (maximum) resume summary on the second page that includes a list of relevant software skills (for example: SketchUp AutoCAD, Adobe CS, etc.) and a list of your past architecture design studio courses that includes year, level, instructors name, credit hours and subject focus (for example: introductory design or urban housing)
  3. Include your academic projects in reverse chronological order – and include course name, instructor, and a brief synopsis of the design problem
  4. If professional projects (not required) are included, they should be included in a separate section of the portfolio – and include project name, firm, supervisor, a brief synopsis of the student’s role, and a brief synopsis of the project brief.
  5. All non-architectural creative work, such as painting, drawing, photography, etc., should be included in the last section of the portfolio. Labels for the work should follow the same format as architectural design work (see No. 3).
  6. The portfolio should be no larger than 9 x 12 inches.

M.ARCH: You may submit a hard copy portfolio (preferred) or submit online. Please only submit by one method only.

Hard Copy portfolios should be sent to:

Moki Smith
Coordinator, Graduate Student Services
College of Arts, Media and Design
360 Huntington Avenue
120 Meserve Hall
Boston, MA  02115

Portfolios can be submitted online via SlideRoom:
https://northeastern.slideroom.com/#/Login

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS: MDES

Portfolios are required for all two-year and three-year candidates with a design, art, and architectural studies (other than a BS in Architecture) background.

Portfolios are not required for three-year candidates with non-visual arts/non-architecture undergraduate degrees and/or no visual arts course work to show.

Portfolio Recommendations

  1. Show no fewer than three and no more than seven academic architectural projects.
  2. Include no more than two professional projects (please note that professional projects are not required).
  3. Include projects from both introductory and advanced design studios (if applicable).
  4. Include projects that show the range of your design education (if applicable, show projects that demonstrate your understanding of interior spaces, urban sites, complex topography, adaptive re-use of existing buildings, etc.).
  5. For two-year candidates and three-year candidates with previous architectural experience, the admissions committee will focus on your architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and/or interior architecture projects. Limit non-architectural creative work to your few best examples. Freehand drawings of buildings and/or urban spaces are preferred.

MDES: Hard Copy portfolios should be sent to:

Moki Smith
Coordinator, Graduate Student Services
College of Arts, Media and Design
360 Huntington Avenue
120 Meserve Hall
Boston, MA  02115

Digital portfolios not accepted.

International Applicants

The School of Architecture brings together a diverse set of students from both the United Stated and abroad. Matriculated students have come from a wide range of locations including India, China, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. We welcome the global point of view these students add to the academic experience.

Applicants need to follow the application guidelines for the specific program to which they are applying. Below is additional information for international applicants.

TOEFL/IELTS Requirements

International applicants to the program must take either the TOELF or the IELTS.
The following scores are required:

  • TOELF: 100
  • IELTS: 7.0

Scores less than but close to these scores may be considered if the applicant’s overall application is very strong but in general, it is important that applicants have a strong grasp of English in order to complete are program.

Code for department: 3682

NOTE: If instruction at the undergraduate institution was conducted completely in English, language testing is not required.

Please visit the ETS-TOEFL iBT site  or the IELTS site for more information.

FAQs

Does the School of Architecture offer English language programs to International Students?
No.

Does the school offer Provisional Admission to 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.

Is there any financial aid for international students?
International students will be considered for the Graduate Student Scholarship offered by the College which can be up to 25% off the cost of tuition.

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: 68 credit hours
  • Master of Architecture 3 years: 112 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.  (Portfolio Requirements)
  • All applicants to the 2-year program MUST apply with a portfolio.  (Portfolio Requirements)
  • 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?

  • The 1-year and 2-year programs start in September.
  • The 3-year program starts in Summer 2 (The first week of July)

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.

Are there teaching assistantships available to grad students?

There are no assistantships available at the current time.

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. These scholarships are for a certain number of credit hours each academic year. Renewal is not automatic. 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, you must first obtain approval from the School of Architecture. You will then have to complete a Student Status Coversheet that is kept on file in the main Graduate office.

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 

What are the TOEFL/IELTS requirements and how much do they matter?

International applicants to the program must take either the TOELF or the IELTS.

The following scores are required:

TOELF: 100
IELTS: 7.0

Scores less than but close to these scores may be considered if the applicant’s overall application is very strong but in general, it is important that applicants have a strong grasp of English in order to complete are program.

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.