Graduate Programs

Master of Architecture II

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 II program is directed at students who already hold a first professional degree in architecture who wish to deepen their design abilities and expand their knowledge of contemporary theory, technology, and environmental systems. The three studios in the sequence provide in-depth studies of architectural problems that seek to integrate the forms, ideas, and technologies that anticipate construction. Projects may also explore the far boundaries of the discipline of architecture, participating in the research behind its continuing reinvention.

Students will have the opportunity to take a number of elective courses in areas of their own special interest. These may be selected from among those offered in the programs of the Spitzer School as well as from other institutions in the CUNY system, including the Graduate Center. Students are strongly encouraged to seek these points of conjuncture between architecture and related disciplines that are most meaningful to their individual development as practitioners.

Fall: 18 credits
Spring: 18 credits
Summer: 12 credits
Note: For students who desire a longer course of study, it is possible to distribute the credits over up to four semesters with or without summer coursework.

Total Program Credits: 48

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.

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