The Online Track of the Master of Architecture is a professionally accredited degree designed for students with a background in architecture. Our innovative approach to education embeds professional practice into the curriculum, so employment in architecture is integral to the learning experience.

The program’s unique low-residency model allows students to work full time while earning their degree. Our online coursework has the same rigor as in our traditional classrooms, and a series of 8-day residencies in Boston bring the courses to life and build connections between classmates and instructors.

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the path to your degree

Master of Architecture Curriculum

the highlights

  • The BAC's program is the first primarily online Master of Architecture in the country to be accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
  • With an undergraduate degree in architecture or design and a satisfactory portfolio, you can earn your Master of Architecture in 2 to 2.5 years.
  • By engaging in professional practice and enrolling in NCARB's Architectural Experience Program (AXP), you may be eligible to take your licensing exams while you earn you degree.
  • You can choose to take each semester online or onsite to fit your schedule.
  • You finish your program with a thesis of personal significance and larger value to the community and the discipline of architecture.

Learn more about our curriculum

Learn about careers in architecture

How long is the program?
The program can be completed in four semesters. Students earn practice hours required for the degree by concurrently working full-time in an architectural setting in their local community.

Who should apply?
The program is designed for qualified individuals who are currently employed in an architecture setting, have worked in the profession for a minimum of one year, and have achieved a defined level of responsibility and competency in coordinating and managing aspects of a moderate-size architecture project.

Will I have to quit my job?
No, the curriculum is designed to enable students to continue to work in a practice setting and to apply the time and knowledge gained in practice toward fulfilling degree requirements. The synergy between learning that takes place in the work place and learning that takes place in the studio or classroom is the cornerstone of the BAC educational philosophy.

Where do I take classes? Do I have to move to Boston?
No, you do not need to move to Boston. Most academic course work is accomplished through online courses which are accessible from anywhere via a high speed internet connection. Each semester, students come to Boston for an 8-day residency of intensive academic study at the BAC.

Where do students stay while attending the Intensive week in Boston?
The BAC reserves rooms in a local hotel within a 5 minute walk from the BAC where students stay. This assures that students will have convenient and easy access to campus facilities, as well as to sites for studio projects that are typically close by.

When does the program start?
The Online M.Arch admits a cohort of students in the fall and in the spring. Generally, the fall semester begins in the first week of August and the spring semester begins in the first week of January.

When are applications due?
The priority application deadline for the fall semester is March 15, and for the spring semester it is September 15. Applications received after the priority deadlines will be considered if space is available, but are not guaranteed consideration for admission.

Is the BAC accredited?
The BAC is fully accredited as a college by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The BAC's Master of Architecture is accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Is financial aid available?
Yes, as a fully accredited college, the BAC offers the same types of federal financial aid as any college or university. In addition, limited merit-based and need-based scholarships are offered by the BAC.

How do I apply?
Please fill out the Application for Admission located here.

Is this program open to international students?
International students please note that at this time, the BAC is not authorized to issue an I-20 document for the F1 student visa for the Online Master of Architecture program.

I have more questions. Whom should I contact?
Please contact the Admissions office at admissions@the-bac.edu or 617.585.0123 with any questions about the program or applying.

2-Year Online M.Arch

the path to your degree

Master of Architecture Curriculum

the highlights

  • The BAC's program is the first primarily online Master of Architecture in the country to be accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
  • With an undergraduate degree in architecture or design and a satisfactory portfolio, you can earn your Master of Architecture in 2 to 2.5 years.
  • By engaging in professional practice and enrolling in NCARB's Architectural Experience Program (AXP), you may be eligible to take your licensing exams while you earn you degree.
  • You can choose to take each semester online or onsite to fit your schedule.
  • You finish your program with a thesis of personal significance and larger value to the community and the discipline of architecture.

Learn more about our curriculum

Learn about careers in architecture

Online M.Arch FAQs

How long is the program?
The program can be completed in four semesters. Students earn practice hours required for the degree by concurrently working full-time in an architectural setting in their local community.

Who should apply?
The program is designed for qualified individuals who are currently employed in an architecture setting, have worked in the profession for a minimum of one year, and have achieved a defined level of responsibility and competency in coordinating and managing aspects of a moderate-size architecture project.

Will I have to quit my job?
No, the curriculum is designed to enable students to continue to work in a practice setting and to apply the time and knowledge gained in practice toward fulfilling degree requirements. The synergy between learning that takes place in the work place and learning that takes place in the studio or classroom is the cornerstone of the BAC educational philosophy.

Where do I take classes? Do I have to move to Boston?
No, you do not need to move to Boston. Most academic course work is accomplished through online courses which are accessible from anywhere via a high speed internet connection. Each semester, students come to Boston for an 8-day residency of intensive academic study at the BAC.

Where do students stay while attending the Intensive week in Boston?
The BAC reserves rooms in a local hotel within a 5 minute walk from the BAC where students stay. This assures that students will have convenient and easy access to campus facilities, as well as to sites for studio projects that are typically close by.

When does the program start?
The Online M.Arch admits a cohort of students in the fall and in the spring. Generally, the fall semester begins in the first week of August and the spring semester begins in the first week of January.

When are applications due?
The priority application deadline for the fall semester is March 15, and for the spring semester it is September 15. Applications received after the priority deadlines will be considered if space is available, but are not guaranteed consideration for admission.

Is the BAC accredited?
The BAC is fully accredited as a college by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The BAC's Master of Architecture is accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Is financial aid available?
Yes, as a fully accredited college, the BAC offers the same types of federal financial aid as any college or university. In addition, limited merit-based and need-based scholarships are offered by the BAC.

How do I apply?
Please fill out the Application for Admission located here.

Is this program open to international students?
International students please note that at this time, the BAC is not authorized to issue an I-20 document for the F1 student visa for the Online Master of Architecture program.

I have more questions. Whom should I contact?
Please contact the Admissions office at admissions@the-bac.edu or 617.585.0123 with any questions about the program or applying.