Cornell's professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) program uniquely engages global practices through a foundation in making and conceptual thinking. Its close community of talented and dedicated students and faculty work together to push the boundaries of the discipline.
The fully accredited M.Arch. program is a three-and-one-half-year course of study dedicated to preparing graduate students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds for careers in architecture. The M.Arch. program is open to applicants possessing a four-year bachelor's degree in any discipline. Students interested in applying from fields outside architecture are encouraged to enroll in Cornell's Intro to Architecture program.
Consistent with the broader mission of the Department of Architecture, the M.Arch. program is committed to the view that the nature of contemporary practice must be continually investigated and reassessed in today's globally expansive and technologically dynamic context. The program places questions of practice, design, and fabrication and making at the center of the learning process, and seeks to develop students' sense of inquiry, responsibility, and creativity as they formulate their unique professional trajectories. The program aims to engage the unique strengths and needs of graduate students — the variety of academic and life experiences that they bring to the discipline.
The professional Master of Architecture program situates itself internationally, drawing upon distinguished national and international visitors occupying AAP NYC's studio, and traveling to locations worldwide in the studio context.
The M.Arch. program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). In addition, the M.Arch. program is now designated as a STEM program in Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology (CIP code 04.0902) making international M.Arch. graduates eligible to extend their F-1 visas for up to three years in order to work in the United States.