Graduate Programs

Master of Architecture I

In keeping with the City College of New York’s long tradition of diversity and teaching excellence, the M Arch Program at the Spitzer School is a laboratory for experimental design committed to the betterment of our shared global community.  Engaged in a dialogue with graduate programs in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Urban Sustainability in the only public school of architecture in New York City, the M Arch Program is uniquely positioned at the forefront of pressing urban and environmental debates.  With a rigorous foundation in the core competencies of building design, history, theory, and technology, both our professional (M Arch I) and post-professional (M Arch II) programs aim to educate the next generation of innovators who will redefine the role of the architect in the twenty-first century.

The M Arch I program is open to students who have completed a baccalaureate in any field.  It is an intensive three-year course of study progressing from fundamental to advanced education in architectural theory and practice.  The curricular sequence is composed of a four-semester core followed by two final semesters that include advanced options studios and an array of elective offerings.  Required core courses provide a rigorous foundation in design, digital representation, building technology and architectural history and theory, while our advanced studios and elective offerings challenge students to integrate this knowledge through research and speculation.  Throughout the program students are trained to synthesize the theoretical underpinnings of architecture with the practical skills necessary to competently and responsibly construct buildings.

Per-semester courseload: 18 credits

Total Program Credits: 108


The Master of Architecture I program is accredited. See the NAAB section of this site for more information and links regarding accreditation.

STEM Designation

Both the M Arch I and M Arch II programs are listed within the U.S. government’s official STEM fields list and are therefore eligible for the STEM OPT extension for F-1 students.  See the STEM OPT Hub for more information.

First Year

Fall Term 1

Spring Term 2

Second Year

Fall Term 3

Spring Term 4

Third Year

Fall Term 5

Spring Term 6