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.
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:
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?
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.