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Online Master of Architecture Admissions

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The Boston Architectural College has a rich history of educating professionals in architecture. Since 1889, the institution has been strongly connected to the profession of architecture. The BAC uses a unique educational model that combines learning in the studio and classroom with learning in the workplace. The Online Master of Archictecture program enables students to earn a NAAB-accredited master's degree while continuing to practice full time in the profession, regardless of where they live and work. Most students are able to complete the program in two years and qualify to sit for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) immediately upon completion of the program.

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.

Prerequisites for Admission

There are both academic and professional prerequisites for admission. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and must have completed the coursework listed below. An undergraduate degree in architecture is strongly recommended but not required. The best preparation for the program is a pre-professional, undergraduate architecture degree or a closely related course of study with a design focus.

  • 45 credits of general education in non-architecture courses
  • Four semesters of design studios with an architectural focus
  • Materials and methods of construction
  • Environmental systems (HVAC/electrical systems)
  • Architectural history/theory electives (6 credits)
  • 2D drafting/2D and 3D CAD

In addition to academic requirements, it is highly encouraged that applicants should be currently employed in an architecture setting and have worked in the profession for a minimum of one year. It is desirable that applicants and have achieved a defined level of competency in managing aspects of a moderate scale architecture project.

A portfolio that showcases both academic and professional work is required for admission. The portfolio should demonstrate a clear understanding of 3D spatial design, as well as the design process from inception (starting with beginning sketches) through to final model.

There are a limited number of seats in the Online M.Arch program, and acceptance is selective.

Application Requirements

To apply to our Online Master of Architecture program, please provide the following:

Applicants may apply for either a fall or a spring semester start. The preferred application deadline is October 15 for the spring semester or March 15 for the fall semester.  For more information, please contact Admissions at 617.585.0123 or