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Department of Architecture Wentworth Institute of Technology

  • Boston, MA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 36%64%
    student ratio
  • 85
    total students
  • $32,100 | $32,100
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 15
    fall application deadline
  • 66%
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees offered

Overview

The Master of Architecture Program at Wentworth

The Master of Architecture (MArch) program at Wentworth provides graduates with the insight, skills, and perspectives to pursue distinguished and rewarding careers in architecture and the allied design fields while also supplying the academic credentials required for registration as architects. Graduate study in architecture is an exhilarating and challenging enterprise, an opportunity for students to develop focused positions within a broad and rapidly evolving field. Wentworth's Master of Architecture program encompasses both the art and science of architecture by examining the history, theory, culture, and technology of the built environment. The graduate curriculum promotes research and design investigations on the linkage between theoretical frameworks, design intentions, and the tangible, material nature of architecture. A rigorous process of critical thinking is instilled through studios, seminars, and thesis preparation coursework.

The MArch program Has a Setting for Architectural Success

Located in the Fenway district of Boston, the Department of Architecture draws heavily on one of the world's most culturally rich and diverse cities. Surrounded by both historic and contemporary exemplars as well as world-class cultural institutions, Wentworth provides an ideal setting for architectural education. The rich, urban environment of the city also supports the diversity of the student and faculty member community, which is drawn from cultures around the world. Wentworth not only embraces diversity, but also believes it is essential to successful education and professional practice.

An Expert Architecture Faculty at Wentworth

Faculty members at Wentworth represent a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and areas of expertise, but they are united by a shared vision of architecture as an art that is grounded in the material culture of building. Focus is given to the opportunities and the responsibilities inherent in the architect's role as shaper of the built environment. Students come to understand the impact of architecture on individuals, communities, societies, and the natural environment that everyone shares and safeguards. The profession is approached as a collaborative process, engaging diverse talents, viewpoints, and disciplines. All Master of Architecture studios maintain a low student-to-faculty member ratio of 12:1 or fewer. Studios meet for 12 hours of study each week, assuring students ample one-on-one interaction with faculty members. Highly qualified students who show interest in future academic careers are offered the opportunities to work as section leaders in the department's undergraduate architecture studios.

Program Specifics for the Master of Architecture

Candidates with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Wentworth can complete the program in a single year, while external candidates with 4-year, NAAB-based degrees from other institutions typically complete the program in 2 years. The 1-year Master of Architecture degree curriculum provides an intensely focused program of study for students who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Science in Architecture program at Wentworth. First-semester coursework includes a special topics studio, a seminar on research methods, and a class focused on thesis preparation. These classes are designed to prepare each student for the final semester's thesis studio and advanced topics seminar. The program offers each student the opportunity to fully develop and defend original research in the form of a design thesis. This degree is an essential credential for those who aspire to professional registration and licensure as architects.

The 2-year Master of Architecture degree curriculum provides a graduate-level course of study for students who have successfully completed a 4-year NAAB-based Bachelor of Science in Architecture at another institution. The degree is typically completed in 4 semesters, contingent upon the department's evaluation of prior coursework. First-year coursework includes 2 studios, core courses in theory and professional practice, as well as architectural electives. Second-year coursework centers on the development of advanced, research-based knowledge, explored in the fall semester through a special topics studio, a seminar on research methods, and a class focused on thesis preparation. In the spring, students enroll in a thesis studio and advanced topics seminar. The Master of Architecture program offers each student the opportunity to fully develop and defend original research in the form of a design thesis. This degree is an essential credential for those who aspire to professional registration and licensure as architects.

Experiential Learning Component of the Master of Architecture Program

The Master of Architecture program includes an experiential learning component in the fall semester as part of the Special Topics design studio. This course offers student-focused trips to a variety of sites related to curricular activities. Studios typically spend a week in their destination as part of the ongoing research and design work of the course. The travel experience is integrated into the learning goals of the studio, and projects are typically based in the visited city. Recent destinations have included Los Angeles, Marfa (Texas), New York City, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Kyoto, London, Porto, San Juan, Sarajevo, and Vancouver.


Location & Contact

Department of Architecture

Wentworth Institute of Technology

550 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5998
United States

Dr. Glenn Wiggins

Dean of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction Management

Phone: 617-989-4470
Email: wigginsg@wit.edu

Ms. Maureen Dischino

Executive Director of Admissions

Phone: 617-989-4009
Fax: 617-989-4010
Email: dischinom@wit.edu

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Architecture Master of Architecture (M Arch)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 83
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Thesis project
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

66% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 130
    • Accepted 86
    • Acceptance Rate 66
    • Enrolled 84
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th January 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesportfolio, references, minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 525 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$32,100
    • Out-of-state tuition *$32,100
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$1,208.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMay 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Teaching Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students85
    • Female Percentage36%
    • Male Percentage64%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students85
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino1%
    • Black / African American1%
    • White / Caucasian87%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races5%
    • Unknown1%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty24
    • Full-time Percentage58%
    • Part-time Percentage42%
    • Female Percentage46%
    • Male Percentage54%

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