Rochester Institute of Technology

Architecture M.Arch.


One Lomb Memorial Drive

Rochester, NY 14623

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Architecture

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The program’s curriculum has been shaped by the global emphasis of sustainability, factors that impact urbanism, and the hands-on application of the principles of design and technology on materials and construction.

With a global push for more sustainable world, including buildings that use energy and environmental factors more efficiently to lessen an overall carbon footprint, the focus of many courses reflect the conditions of sustainable design and practice.

Because a degraded urban environment has grave implications for social, economic, cultural, and environmental health, the program pays particular attention to urban settings and urban principles. The complexity of the urban environment requires an interdisciplinary approach to architecture education – one that references economics, public policy, sociology, and regional culture. The program will focus on the practices and principles of preservation and adaptive reuse. The city of Rochester, New York, will serve as an active learning environment for students.

Integrated learning/Integrated practice
Like all strong design programs, the program’s core education will take place in the studio. However, our studio curriculum integrates construction technologies, material science, and mechanics into design. From the outset, students will approach design problems within teams, learning to value and leverage collective intelligence. The integrated learning model prepares students for the increasingly integrated practice of architecture, where integrated project delivery is fast becoming the dominant model, and architects are orchestrating teams of professionals from a variety of fields, including engineering, management, science, and computer science.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the M.Arch. program, applicant’s should:

•    Have a baccalaureate degree (other than a B.Arch.) from an accredited institution, and an undergraduate cumulative GPA of B (3.0) or higher
•    At least one semester of previous coursework in calculus and physics
•    Submit transcripts from all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work
•    Present a portfolio of creative work, which may include sketches, constructions, graphics, and/or photographs. (While student portfolios will likely not include examples of architectural drawing/design, evidence of creative talent will be important in determining admission).
•    Submit a personal statement of educational objectives
•    Submit three letters of recommendation from former instructors and/or professional employers.

Students are required to complete 105 credit hours to successfully complete the program. Designed as a full-time program, courses will be offered on campus, primarily during the day.
The majority of the coursework is studio-based, with the exception of some elective and sustainability courses. In addition to three required sustainability courses, students will take one sustainability elective. All students will prepare a thesis in their last year. Students will take three graduate electives, drawn from courses offered by the colleges of Liberal Arts, Engineering, Applied Science and Technology, Imaging Arts and Sciences, and Business.

Sample of typical course schedule

Year One
20xx-611, 612, 613 Architectural Graphics I, II and III
20xx-621, 622, 623 Architectural Design I, II and III
20xx-631, 632 Integrated Building Systems I and II
20xx-651, 652 Architectural History I and II
5001-703 Fundamentals of Sustainable Science

Year Two
20xx-721, 722, 723 Design Studio: Site, Tectonic and Adaptive
20xx-733, 734, 735 Integrated Building Systems III, IV and V
20xx-741 Urban and Regional Planning
20xx-751, 752 Architectural Theory I and II
5001-704 Industrial Ecology
5001-711 Performance Metrics and Certification of Sustainable Buildings

Year Three
20xx-724 Design Studio: Urban
20xx-726, 727 Thesis Studio I and II
20xx-736 Integrated Building Systems VI
20xx-743 Research Seminar: Social
20xx-737 Innovative Building Systems
20xx-725 Thesis Preparation
20xx-742 Research Seminar: Urban
20xx-761 Professional Practice


Middle States, New York State

International Student Requirements:

International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores of 600 (paper-based) and 100 (Internet-based) are required.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid Description: For graduate study, many of the 70 graduate programs offer assistantships. Additionally, more than 9,000 student jobs are available on campus each year.

# of Credits Required: 105

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Candidates may work with RIT's Financial Aid Office to determine aid eligibility and funding options.

Locale: Large Suburb

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