Master of Architecture (Professional)

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.

M.Arch. Studio Work

More View student work from recent M.Arch. studios:
  • ARCH 5111 Core Design Studio I

    The first semester design studio explores conceptual design in architecture and representation.

  • ARCH 5112 Core Design Studio II

    As a continuation of the first semester, the second design studio focuses on investigative process in architectural design and site planning.

  • ARCH 5113 Core Design Studio III

    The third semester focuses on relational and ecological design thinking through interpretive, analytical, programmatic, and generative uses of digital media.

  • ARCH 5114 Core Design Studio IV

    The fourth semester is an integrative design studio, located in New York City, that focuses on building systems and constructability.

  • ARCH 5115 Core Design Studios V

    The fifth semester uses an expanded form of design practice to address meta-issues in global urbanism using on-site design research and speculation.

  • ARCH 5116 Vertical Design Studio VI

    In the sixth semester, students engage with topical and contemporary issues in architectural practice throughout the world.

  • ARCH 8912 Independent Design Thesis

    As the culmination of the student's academic career in architecture, each student explores an independent design research project.

  • M.Arch. Seminars

    Accompanying the design studios are a range of seminars (both required and elective) that support and enrich the design curriculum. Below is a small sampling of the work produced in recent elective and required courses. Go to the M.Arch. Curriculum and Requirements page to view all the required courses.