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MArch Architecture

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

51000 USD
51000 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)315

World University Ranking

About this course

The Master of Architecture is a three-year professional degree, which weaves together the highest level of disciplinary expertise with the critical and technical skills necessary to recast the boundaries of the discipline, building on a long legacy of groundbreaking innovation in the fields of architecture and design.

At Columbia GSAPP, architecture is understood as a form of knowledge situated within a broader context of environmental and global engagement, building on strong historical and theoretical foundations, which are always actively reframing our contemporary cultural condition.

By bringing together a progressive approach to architectural education—where pedagogy is simultaneously rigorously structured with definable objectives and constantly re-examined to respond to ever-changing contexts—the Master of Architecture program creates a sense of openness, inquisitiveness and intellectual generosity that enables individual development and collaborative thinking.

Being part of an elite research university located in a major global city has determined much of what is unique about the architecture program, which means that at Columbia GSAPP, architecture is always understood in relation to its urban and environmental context. In addition to its excellent full time faculty, at once deeply embedded in city and campus life, Columbia GSAPP is also able to draw upon the large and diverse community of architects, theorists, practitioners, and scholars in New York as well as from around the world. Thus the program exposes students to architecture as a complex, and diverse cultural endeavor.

As it seeks to impart basic principles and knowledge, to develop visual and analytical skills, and to relate creativity to given cultural situations, the school offers student-architects the means to use their knowledge and insight to better respond to and improve the built environment, while always contributing to expanding the field of architecture and design in meaningful ways.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • All applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university by the time they start the M. ARCH program.
  • All applicants must have fulfilled a minimum of 45 credit hours of general studies in the arts, humanities and/or science at their undergraduate institution.
  • History/Theory Course Sequence: All applicants must have completed a 3-point survey course in architectural history at an accredited college or university dealing with any of the following periods: classical to Renaissance, Renaissance to modern, or modern.
  • Building Technologies Course Sequence: All applicants must have completed a 3-point course in general physics or two 3-point calculus courses at an accredited college or university.
  • Applicants who have no prior background in architecture must complete a course in architectural graphic presentation (this could be one term of architectural studio or a studio in the visual arts such as drawing, painting, or sculpture) as a prerequisite for the Core Studio Sequence, before registering in the M. ARCH Program.

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Course Modules



  • Advanced Studio VI
  • AT II Structures in Architecture
  • AT V Urban Systems Integration
  • Belfast Joint Planning/Studio Seminar
  • Urban Historyu
  • European Urban Cartography 16th-19th Century
  • Questions in Architectural History II
  • Questions in Architectural History II
  • Questions in Architectural History II
  • Art and Social Infrastructure
  • Colonial/Post-Colonial Architecture and Urbanism
  • Techniques Of The Ultrareal
  • Essays on Architectre
  • Imagining The Ultrareal         
  • Collecting Architectural Territories
  • Extreme Design
  • Architecture: The Contemporary (Ideas and Concepts from 1968 to the Present)
  • Acoustics
  • Advanced Curtain Wall
  • Architectural Daylighting
  • Fast Pace/ Slow Space
  • VDC and the Digital Domain in Construction
  • Architectural Photography
  • Emergent Epigenesis
  • Assembling All Sorts
  • Reading Buildings, Writing Buildings
  • Advanced Professional Practice
  • Innovation, Technology and Architecture
  • Advanced Models in Architectural Simulation
  • Re-Thinking BIM
  • Graphic Architecture Project I: Design and Typography
  • Graphic Architecture Project III: Design Seminar
  • Art Power & Space in the Middle East
  • Approaching Convergence
  • App-itecture
  • Montage City: Filmmaking as Urban Observation
  • Material Things
  • Encoded Matter
  • Hacking the Urban Experience
  • Algorithms and Urbanism: Sim City I
  • Algorithms and Urbanisms: Sim City II
  • Generative Design I
  • Generative Design II
  • Transitional Geometries
  • Modernism & The Vernacular
  • Books, Figures, Objects
  • Curatorial Practices and Place Making
  • Agonism and Architectural Communication
  • Conflict Urbanism
  • Data Visualization For Architecture, Urbanism and The Humanities
  • Modern Architecture in Mexico
  • Architecture and the Free Market
  • Affordable Housing
  • Architecture of Colonial Modernity
  • Philosophies of the City
  • Brick, Terra Cotta + Stone
  • Global Cities & Climate Change
  • New Towns To Smart Cities
  • Research II
  • Displacing God: Architecture, Modern & the Post-Secular


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How to Apply

  • Create and complete an online application.
  • Enter contact information for recommenders. M. ARCH requires three letters of recommendation.
  • Upload a personal statement. This may not be changed or updated after submission.
  • Upload scanned copies of official academic transcripts for each university attended and credit earned, including certified English translations (if applicable).
  • Send GRE score report to the Columbia GSAPP Admissions Office. A minimum verbal score of 150 is required. Please find our institution codes here.
  • Send TOEFL score report to the Columbia GSAPP (International students only). A minimum score of 100 is required. Please find our institution codes here.
  • Submit online application and fee ($75 USD, payable only by VISA or MasterCard).
  • Mail a copy of your portfolio to the Columbia GSAPP Admissions Office: 400 Avery Hall, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027. Portfolios must be postmarked or received by the application deadline; we do not accept digital portfolios under any circumstances. Portfolios must not exceed 8.5 X 11 inches (21.5 X 27.9cm) or be more than 0.5 inch (1.27cm) thick. Large Portfolios with glass or protruding metal parts, slides, DVD's, or CDs are not acceptable. Portfolios must be marked with the applicant’s name.

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