Graduate Programs

Master of Architecture I

The M Arch I program invests in the project as the vehicle of thought, learning, and change. First is a foundation year of skill-building, followed by two vertically integrated, comprehensive, year-long studies, each working closely with two or three faculty members. Other consultants collaborate and tutor at different times throughout the year.

Many students come into the program driven by questions they are seeking to address. Our project-focused format provides a place — a scaffold — to engage these questions within the context of an architectural studio and the discipline of a project. The time we give to these projects promotes a dialogue among professors and classmates, where the ambition is for all of us to learn to ask better questions.

The project covers the conventional areas of architecture — design, history, critical thinking, structure, material assembly, building science — and also allows for the professors’ interests and the students’ interest to commingle. Projects are substantial and cross-disciplinary because of the time we allocate to them — a rehearsal for the practice of architecture that so many of our students engage in upon graduation. New York City serves as our open library, our lab, our inspiration, our call to change, our call to keep up with change. The city invites us to participate, perhaps to lead, but mostly to contribute in the discussion of what our world is and how better we might live in it.

Spitzer School grad programs share a teaching, research, and design environment known as the unit system. Within year-long, team-taught, vertically integrated design units, upper-level students and professors work together to define questions and propose design solutions. Just like in the professions, students synthesize diverse skills and subject areas into their projects. Check out this year’s design units.

All undergraduate backgrounds are welcome in the M Arch I program; its prerequisites are one semester of both college-level precalculus and physics.




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 MS Arch 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.


Total Program Credits: 108

Per-semester course load: 18 credits

First Year

Fall Term 1

Spring Term 2

Second Year

Fall Term 3

Spring Term 4

Third Year

Fall Term 5

Spring Term 6