Master of Architecture [Administered by A.A.P] M.Arch (Ithaca)

Field of Study


Program Description

Architecture (M.Arch. professional) is a three-and-a-half-year professional Master of Architecture program (M.Arch.) administered by the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. For more information, consult the College’s webpages.

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: bachelor of architecture, master of architecture, and 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.

Doctor of architecture and master of architecture 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.

In order to meet the education requirement set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for an NCARB certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation.

AAP's M.Arch. (professional) program was formally granted an eight-year term accreditation effective 2013-2021.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-4376

235 Sibley Dome
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • architecture


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Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Jan. 3; no spring admission

Requirements Summary:

Applicants to the architecture (M.Arch. professional) and design programs must submit a portfolio of visual materials.

GRE scores are not required or accepted.

All applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement.

They should plan to spend at least four terms in residence for the master's degree. 

The Master of Architecture (professional degree) is administered by the College of Art, Architecture, and Planning.  For M.Arch. requirements please see

Learning Outcomes