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Distance Master of Architecture Admissions

The Boston Architectural College has a rich history of educating professionals in architecture. Since 1889, the institution has been strongly connected to the profession of architecture. The BAC uses a unique educational model that combines learning in the studio and classroom with learning in the workplace. The Distance M.Arch program enables students to earn a NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture degree while continuing to practice full time in the profession, regardless of where they live and work. Most students are able to qualify to sit for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) immediately upon completion of the program.

Please note that at this time, the Distance Track Master of Architecture program is only available to US citizens and permanent residents due to visa restrictions affecting low-residency programs.

Prerequisites for Admission

There are both academic and professional prerequisites for admission. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and must have completed the coursework listed below. An undergraduate degree in architecture is strongly recommended but not required. The best preparation for the program is a pre-professional, undergraduate architecture
degree or a closely related course of study with a design focus.

  • 45 credits of general education in non-architecture courses
  • College physics, algebra, and trigonometry
  • Four semesters of design studios with an architectural focus
  • Materials and methods of construction
  • Environmental systems (HVAC/electrical systems)
  • Architectural history/theory electives (6 credits)
  • Freehand drawing/figure drawing
  • 2D drafting/2D and 3D CAD

In addition to academic requirements, applicants should be currently employed in an architecture setting, have worked in the profession for a minimum of one year, and have achieved a defined level of competency in managing aspects of a moderate scale architecture project.

A portfolio that showcases both academic and professional work is required for admission. The portfolio should demonstrate a clear understanding of 3D spatial design, as well as the design process from inception (starting with beginning sketches) through to final model.

There are a limited number of seats in the Distance M.Arch program, and acceptance is selective.

Application Requirements

To apply to our Distance Master of Architecture program, please provide the following:

  • Complete application form, either online or print
  • Portfolio
  • Official college transcript(s) from all colleges attended
  • Course descriptions of all courses taken (including general education)
  • Current resume
  • Essay
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Employer Certification Form (Section 3 of the Application)  

Applicants may apply for either a fall (August) or a spring (January) semester start. The preferred application deadline is November 15 for the Spring semester or March 1 for the Fall semester. The final application deadline is January 10 for the Spring semester or August 15 for the Fall semester. For more information about the Distance M.Arch, please contact Admissions at 617.585.0123 or admissions@the-bac.edu.