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Applying to the Online Master of Architecture

The highly selective Online Master of Architecture program enables you to earn a NAAB-accredited graduate degree while continuing to practice full-time in the profession, regardless of where you 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.

Prerequisites for Admission

There are both academic and professional prerequisites for admission:

  • Must have a bachelor's degree; the best preparation for the program is a pre-professional, undergraduate architecture or a closely related course of study with a design focus.
  • Must have completed the following coursework listed below
    • 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
  • Highly encouraged that applicants should be currently employed in an architecture setting and have worked in the profession for a minimum of one year
  • Desirable that applicants have achieved a defined level of competency in managing aspects of a moderate scale architecture project.

Application Requirements

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

  • Complete application
  • $50 application fee
  • 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.
  • Official college transcript(s). If you received your undergraduate transcript outside the United States, you must submit a credential evaluation instead.
  • Course Descriptions
  • Current resume
  • Essay
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Prior practice application, if applicable
  • If English is not your first language, proof of your English proficiency.

Credential Evaluation

Please use one of the following recommended agencies or one approved by NACES.


Your essay gives us the opportunity to learn about you and how you will contribute to the BAC's expectations and values. Our values are based on our mission, which is: "The BAC provides excellence in design education emerging from practice and accessible to diverse communities." With this in mind, please address the following questions:

  1. How does the BAC's mission connect with who you are and why you wish to attend the BAC in your program of choice? (250–500 words)
  2. What are your personal and professional goals, and how will attending the BAC support those goals? (250–500 words)

Letter of Recommendation

We ask that you provide one statement of support from a personal advocate. This advocate can be an educator, mentor, employer, colleague, or other person who knows you and can speak about you in an academic, professional, or volunteer setting. Please refrain from using a family member.

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.

Priority Scholarship Deadlines

Fall (August) semester start = February 15

Spring (January) semester start = October 15

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