Advanced Architecture Design (Post-Professional M.S.) (Ithaca), M.Arch (Ithaca)
Field of Study
Cornell's Post-professional Master of Architecture is an intensive advanced design research (ADR) program. Open to individuals holding a B.Arch. or an M.Arch 1 (first-professional) degree, the three-semester program beginning the first weekday in June offers a critical framework for investigating pertinent design concerns, practices, and technologies in 21st-century architecture and urbanism.
A structure of core and elective studios and courses allows students to pursue trajectories of inquiry within one of four interrelated territories of investigation:
Architecture and Discourse (A+D): Theory, criticism, publishing, cultural production, design research, history and contemporaneity
Architecture and Ecology (A+E): Sustainable practices, soft infrastructures, materials research, environmental simulation, computational design, digital fabrication, performance driven design
Architecture and Representation (A+R): Emerging technologies, drawing fields, digital and generative design, new cartographies, media spaces, architectural publications and exhibitions, theories of representation
Architecture and Urbanism (A+U): Urban geography, typological studies, urban theory, networks, infrastructures, urban imaging, ecological urbanism
Concentrations by Subject
- advanced architectural design
- theory and criticism of architecture (minor)
- urban design (minor)
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Summer, Jan. 3; no fall or spring admission
All applicants must submit GRE general test scores. Applicants to the computer graphics program must also submit scores on the GRE subject test in computer science. Applicants to the architecture (M.Arch. professional) and design programs must also submit a portfolio of visual materials.
International students whose undergraduate training has been completed outside the United States are admitted as provisional candidates. They should plan to spend at least four terms in residence for the master's degree. TOEFL minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) .
- all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
- Two recommendations
- Transcripts: Submit completed and official transcripts from each college or university previously attended to the field to which you are applying. If it is against an institution's policy to send transcripts to the applicant, the transcripts can be mailed by the school directly to the field to which you are applying.
- GRE general test for all
- Portfolio of creative work (Post-Professional M.Arch applicants only)
- TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants. Minimum score of 250 computer-based or 600 paper-based.
- Statement of purpose (A one- or two-page statement, preferably printed on white paper, outlining your research interests and intents for graduate study at Cornell. Please relate these intents to your previous design and academic experience, and to your future goals. Include your full name and your proposed field of study at the top of each page.)
Note on Professional Accreditation
In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. Master's degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program should be accredited within 6 years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented.