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Frequently Asked Questions


How long is the program?
The program lasts five to seven semesters, depending on the applicant's qualifications, which are completed normally in two and one-half to three and one-half years. Students earn practice hours required for the degree by concurrently working full-time in an architectural setting in their local community.

Where do I take classes? Do I have to move to Boston?
No, you do not need to relocate to Boston. Most academic course work is accomplished through online courses which are accessible from anywhere via a high speed internet connection. Each semester, students come to Boston for an 8-day intensive of academic study at the BAC.

When does the program start?
The Distance M.Arch admits a cohort of students in the fall and in the spring. The fall semester begins in the first week of August; the spring semester begins in the first week of January. The application deadline for fall semester is March 1; the application deadline for spring semester is September 15. Application files must be completed by the application deadline in order to be considered for admission.

Will I have to quit my job?
No, the program is designed for qualified individuals who have worked in the profession for a minimum of one year, have achieved a minimum level of management experience, and are currently employed in architecture. The curriculum is structured so that students can continue to work in their firms, and apply the time in practice toward the degree. Connecting the "practice component" with the academic component of study is the cornerstone of the BAC educational philosophy.

Is the BAC accredited?
The BAC is fully accredited as a college by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The BAC's Master of Architecture degree is accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Is financial aid available?
Yes, as a fully accredited college, the BAC offers the same types of federal financial aid as any college or university. In addition, limited merit-based and need-based scholarships are offered by the BAC.

How do I apply?
Please fill out the Distance M.Arch Application for Admission.

I have more questions. Whom should I contact?
Please contact Paige Manning at paige.manning@the-bac.edu or +1-617-585-0137 with any questions about the program or applying.