Architecture, Master of Science

Fall Admissions Priority Deadline: January 15th
Rolling admissions until May 1 as space permits

Our MS in Architecture program is open to applicants who already hold a five-year, accredited Bachelor of Architecture degree and who wish to deepen their design abilities and expand their knowledge. At the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, the premiere public school of architecture in Manhattan, our programs are shaped by the diversity of our students, the inventive research of our faculty, and multidisciplinary collaborations. We prepare students to become engaged designers and to apply an expansive set of skills to address pressing social, cultural, environmental, and professional challenges. With a rigorous foundation in the core competencies of building design, history, critical thinking, material assembly, structures, and urban analysis, and with an emphasis on agility and creativity, we aim to educate the next generation of innovators redefining the role of the Architect in the 21st century. Join us!

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Broadened Expertise in Architecture with focus on Theory, Technology & Social Practice: only here at ccny


2023 Best Value Architecture Master's Degree Schools in New York.


Global Architecture Masterprize’s Honorable Mention.

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winners of the 2023 course development prize in architecture, climate change, and society.

2nd Place

in the 2011 Solar Decathlon People's Choice.

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Student Info

Our graduates are largely employed in professional architecture roles, many in the New York City region, where opportunities are vast, and also around the globe. They work in all types of firms and agencies: public and private sector; from small "boutique" firms to some of the largest firms in the world. The MS Arch program is STEM categorized, of benefit to international applicants. Open-ended and flexible in many respects, the program does have priorities: interdisciplinary, the city as a learning lab, experimentation, and social engagements. Note: NAAB does not offer accreditation for MS programs.

Faculty Info

The Architecture Department has 26 full-time faculty and a rotating roster of around 60 adjuncts, all of whom offer courses that M Arch and MS Arch students might take. Faculty typically have either a PhD or a professional masters degree and a professional license in architecture, landscape architecture, or urban planning. Our adjuncts, many of whom are graduates of Spitzer at CCNY, are drawn from the rich pool of talent in New York City. 

MSArch Curricular

Curricular Innovation

Our MS program, aligned with other masters programs at the Spitzer School, invests in extended studios as the vehicle of thought, learning, and change. Our project-focused format provides a place — a scaffold — to engage deep questions and to propose complex and creative responses. Students who already hold a first professional degree in architecture (a 5-year bachelors program) choose each semester between a range of design studios and a diverse set of elective offerings.


Admissions Facts

Total Credits: 48

GRE Required: No

Minimum Language Test Scores: 550 (TOEFL PBT), 79-80 (TOEFL IBT), 6.5 (IELTS), or 105 (Duolingo English Test)

Degree Awarded: MS

Supporting Documents Required:

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Portfolio: A portfolio of creative work is required for all Spitzer School applicants. The portfolio should reflect your level of creative ability and creative process and should include design projects from your first architecture degree program and any professional experience you have had. It should be a single file (PDF preferred). There is no maximum or minimum page count or project count. Submit your portfolio file at:

Additional Requirements: Applicants should hold a 5-year NAAB-accredited Bachelor of Architecture degree or the international equivalent.

Program Director: Professor. June Williamson,

Admissions Contact: Hannah Borgeson,

For more information, please visit the Program Website.


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Last Updated: 03/27/2024 17:39