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Prerequisites for Masters in Architecture

allateallate Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
HI all,

I'm a Maths major pursuing a B.A. in Mathematics and a minor in visual arts. I'm thinking of applying to graduate schools in a year year and wanted to know what the general classes to take outside my major are. For instance, I know for some schools you need a natural science like physics, biology or chemistry. And if so, do these schools require the labs as well?

I do not have a lot of flexibility in my schedule and would like to take a concise amount of classes to suffice the prerequisites for most of the graduate schools. I have so far managed to do so by major and minor but I am sure there are other classes to take as well.

Moreover, I am an international student in the US and so I am targeting schools that would give a good amount of financial aid. So far, I am thinking of MIT, Harvard, Rice, WashU, and so on.

Thank you!

Replies to: Prerequisites for Masters in Architecture

  • momrathmomrath Registered User Posts: 5,976 Senior Member
    @allate, Each Master of Architecture has its own requirements for admission. You can find more specific information on MArch admissions on each school's website. There is no "general" answer. You have to comb through each one separately.

    Most, if not all, require an art portfolio that demonstrates skill, creativity and design. Classes in studio art and art history are also a common requirement.

    Most (but not all) require one semester of calculus and one or two semester of physics.

    In most cases, you will also need to submit GRE scores, letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

    Admissions statistics or MArch programs are not widely published. Some are, some are not. I believe that admissions to all of the programs you've listed are highly competitive. If your goal is to get an MArch in the US you should add some less selective programs.

    Financial aid for graduate programs is not need-based like undergraduate programs. Aid is available, but it's difficult to predict how much you will receive in advance. You should contact the individual school's financial aid departments for more information.

    Lastly, be aware that as a math major the MArch may take you 2.0 years or up to 3.5 years. Again, you have to look closely at each school's requirements.
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