The master of architecture is 110-credit, 3 year first-professional degree program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, a requirement of licensure for becoming a practicing architect in the United States, and a terminal degree for many design educators around the globe.

Our curriculum is designed for students with baccalaureate degrees, in any field, to acquire a first professional degree within three years, but also supports advanced standing for students with baccalaureate degrees in architecture and related fields.

Students in the Syracuse Architecture MArch program are required to participate in full-time study and must enter the program during the fall semester. Please go here to learn more about the curriculum, courses, and to review samples of student work.

Our MArch is a STEM Designated Degree by the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program.

Application process

  • Apply to Syracuse University Graduate School.
    Online application is preferred. Application fee of $75. Deadline: January 3  Admission decisions will be sent via email in March.
  • Submit an online portfolio of creative and/or professional work in architecture, the visual arts, design, and/or affiliated fields. 
  • Submit a short video response to one of three questions. This complements your written and graphic material, and provides our admissions committee with additional insight into your application. (Optional; strongly encouraged)
  • Written submissions.

    To better understand the unique strengths of your application and the goals that have motivated you to pursue graduate study at Syracuse Architecture, we require brief answers to two essay prompts.  Please answer each in approximately 500 words.

    Describe one of the most impactful learning moments you experienced in the past five years, and why it has had such an impact. This may be in the context of formal education (a course you have taken in prior degree studies, for example), or from professional or life experiences outside of the classroom.

Imagine and describe a day in your life 20 years in the future for which your Master’s degree from Syracuse Architecture will prepare you.

  • Transcript(s)
    An official transcript from every college/university you have attended is required. Transcript request forms that can be mailed to prior institutions are included in the online application.
  • Three letters of recommendation
    Individuals providing recommendations should be registered through the on-line application process to submit their letters of recommendation electronically. If this is not possible, a confidential letter of recommendation may be directed to the Graduate Admissions Processing Center in a sealed envelope with the person’s signature written across the seal of the envelope.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
    GRE scores are optional for application to the MArch program. Applicants must complete the verbal, quantitative and analytical components of the general test. The exam scores will only be accepted when sent electronically by ETS (Educational Testing Service). Please go here for more specific information about GRE exam dates and times. The Syracuse University institution code for submitting GRE test scores is 2823.

Additional requirements for International applicants

  • Form SUIA, included in the graduate application form. Form SUIA must be submitted along with the graduate application. Please be sure that the spelling of your name is consistent on all application materials and is written exactly as it appears on your passport.
  • To enable Syracuse University to issue the I-20 form for obtaining a student visa, international applicants must submit financial documents with their application demonstrating that they have secured sufficient funding for at least their first year of graduate study. A current bank statement on official bank letterhead signed by an authorized bank official, indicating that sufficient funds exist to meet at least the first year of expenses, should be submitted as evidence of such funding.
  • TOEFL exam scores for all students whose native language is not English.

    We do not maintain a minimum qualifying English-language proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson, DuoLingo) test score for admission; we review all applications holistically, with test scores as one consideration. Accepted students with scores in the limited, low and intermediate ranges, if admitted, may be offered admission on the condition of successful completion of an intensive on-campus English Language Institute in the summer prior to the start of classes. For more information about classes offered through the ELI please visit SU English Language Institute.