Designed for the online space, the online master of architecture (M.Arch.) program track is shaping the next generation of architects to lead the future of sustainable architecture.
Sustainable architecture is a vital component in planning the communities of tomorrow: It requires less land development, uses environmentally friendly materials, and is energy efficient. Through the online M.Arch. program, students learn to design buildings with people, space, and the environment in mind.
Architecture and Planning
Utilities and Renewable Energy
Two Plans of Study
The online architecture program offers two pathways depending on students’ experience in architecture. The curriculum consists of core courses, electives, studio time, a professional co-op, in-person immersions, a global experience, and a thesis project.
This pathway can be completed in 44 months and is designed for those with limited educational background in design or architecture.
We have transformed our program so that students have the flexibility of attending weekly classes and completing course work online, while also participating in the traditional hands-on experiences necessary for an architecture program.
Design and Studio Time
You will complete studio time locally using in-home equipment to participate in a blend of live video sessions, asynchronous course content, recorded and text design instruction, interactive critiques, and site visits.
Professional Cooperative Education Experience
You will complete a professional co-op in your community where you will work with local architectural and design firms, apply your newly learned skills, and gain experience for your resume.
During in-person immersions on the RIT campus, you will have opportunities to use our state-of-the-art facilities, collaborate with your classmates on projects and competition, and participate in critiques.
You will spend up to 10 days studying the intricacies of culture, design, and architecture in a foreign city. Some global experiences can be completed for elective credit.
Your thesis allows you to integrate everything you learn into a comprehensive final design or research-based document focused on a topic of your choosing. You will present your thesis during your final year.
RIT’s online architecture program accepts and reviews applications on a rolling basis for the program’s annual start date in the fall. The application deadline to start classes in August 2022 is: June 27, 2022.
The online M.Arch. program track holds the same high standard for excellence as our on-campus program track. You must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution to be considered for admission into the online M.Arch. program.
The online architecture program’s studies explore subjects such as integrated building systems, urban planning, industrial ecology, and more. Students can also select electives based on their interests and career goals.
Standard Pathway Courses
The Standard M.Arch. is 105 credits and can be completed in 44 months. This pathway is for students who have a bachelor’s degree in an area other than architecture.
During the first year of the Standard pathway, you will develop an understanding of the basics of architecture in foundation courses. After completing foundation courses, you will take a more in-depth look at architecture, exploring topics such as architectural theory, integrated building systems, urban planning, and industrial ecology.
The Advanced Standing M.Arch. is 78 credits and can be completed in 32 months. This pathway is for students who have a bachelor's degree in architecture or a related field.
You will follow a curriculum similar to that of the Standard pathway, but will skip the first year of foundational course work and dive right into in-depth topics such as integrated building systems, urban planning, and industrial ecology.
Numerous courses in the architecture curriculum require students to purchase supplies for use in class. Please review the Supply List for required supplies prior to starting the Master of Architecture program. For additional information, visit our Accreditation and Support page.
The master of architecture program from the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
NAAB accreditation is the primary means by which professional degree programs in architecture assure quality to students and the public. The M.Arch. program fulfills the education requirements needed to pursue a career in architecture.
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