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Master of Architecture

Professional Degree

The Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) at NJIT is a post-baccalaureate professional program, fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The seven-semester 97-credit program is intended for applicants who have earned a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, or a graduate degree with no previous design courses or experience.

Candidates entering the Professional M. Arch. program complete a required core sequence covering architectural history, integrated building systems, and digital design and representation applications as a series of progressive and cumulative co-requisites for the first four design studios. After completion of this mandatory core sequence, M.Arch students enter the advanced options sequence, in which students are given a selection of design studios in each semester, along with additional elective courses to round out their professional education.

A shortened program is available through advanced placement for applicants who have a pre-professional Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Architecture or another field directly related to architecture, or students who have a Bachelor of Architecture from a non-NAAB accredited program (all international students).

Admission Requirements

In addition to completing forms required by NJIT's Office of University Admissions, applicants must also submit to the School of Architecture supplementary application forms and materials. To ensure prompt consideration, students should request these materials from the graduate program in architecture at the time they first apply for admission to the university.

Applicants are expected to have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0; Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required. Admission to the M. Arch. program is evaluated through consideration of the applicant's personal statement, three (3)  letters of recommendation, design portfolio and previous academic and work experience. TOEFL scores are required for all students from international colleges or universities at which the primary language of instruction was not English.

Degree Requirements

The 97-credit program consists of a core sequence and an options sequence. There are required and elective courses within both the core and options sequences. Candidates are expected to complete the core sequence in two years. Before registering for courses, all students must consult with the graduate advisor to plan an appropriate program of study.

Core Sequence (61 Credits)

Core courses in the M. Arch. represent the minimum background necessary to meet NAAB standards. If students demonstrate the they have already taken equivalent course work, degree credits for those courses are waived in the 97-credit total required for the program, and they then are given advanced placement.

61 credits as follows:


Architectural Graphics

(3 credits)


Architectural Design I

(5 credits)
ARCH 528G History of Architecture I (3 credits)
ARCH 541G Building Systems I -- Introduction to Building Technologies (3 credits)
ARCH 500G Computer Applications to Design (2 credits)
ARCH 502G Architectural Design II (5 credits)
ARCH 528G History of Architecture II (3 credits)
ARCH 542G Building Systems II -- Integrated Building Technologies (3 credits)
ARCH 545G Building Systems V -- Structural Principles & Applications (3 credits)
ARCH 503G Architectural Design III (5 credits)
ARCH 543G Building Systems III -- Analysis of the Building Envelop (3 credits)
ARCH 546G Building Systems VI -- High Rise and Special Applications (3 credits)
ARCH 504G Architectural Design IV (5 credits)
ARCH 544G Building Systems IV -- Introduction to Building Services (3 credits)
ARCH 523G Building Systems VIII -- Structural Computation (3 credits)
ARCH 569G Building & Development (3 credits)
History/Theory Electives Two Elective Courses in History and/or Theory, one of which must be non-Western in focus (6 credits)

Options Sequence (36 Credits)

Required Courses
21 credits as follows:

ARCH 579G Professional Practice (3 credits)
ARCH 505G Advanced Design Options I (6 credits)

or MARC 701

Advanced Design Options II

or  Master of Architecture Thesis (**)

(6 credits)

(6 credits)


Advanced Design Options III -- Comprehensive Design Studio
(6 credits)

**Arch 661, Directed Studies of Architecture (3 credits), is a prerequisite for MARC 701, Master of Architecture Thesis, and is taken as an elective.

Elective Courses
15 credits as selected in consultation with the graduate advisor

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Professional Accreditation

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey School of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

B. Arch. (164 undergraduate credits)
M. Arch. (non-pre-professional degree + 102 credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2014