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Advanced Standing M.Arch, Onsite

Arlen Stawasz, Bachelor of Architecture, student work.

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Arlen Stawasz, Bachelor of Architecture, student work.; © Boston Architectural College

The BAC is pleased to offer a new, accelerated path to a NAAB-Accredited Master of Architecture Degree, The Advanced Standing Master of Architecture. Candidates for this degree will join the best-networked architecture students anywhere, with 300 practicing professionals in the adjunct faculty and 900 classmates employed in the design professions around Boston and beyond who believe in pursuing academics and practice at the same time. This professionally charged academic environment produces graduates who are not only ready for professional careers, but within them, with 85% of students having paid employment in the design professions at graduation. This interplay of education and practice provides graduates with a solid preparation for a career in design, a solid professional network, and the opportunity to meet the Intern Development Program (IDP) requirement for NCARB registration at graduation. Our graduates leave the BAC with substantial résumés, including professional experience and a diverse portfolio, and typically with the ability to sit immediately for the national licensure examination.

The Advanced Standing Master of Architecture degree invites students with diverse beliefs, educational backgrounds and professional experiences into a community where design confronts social and environmental challenges in real-world projects. Students design buildings that matter - spaces that contribute to people's well-being and that respond sustainably. Students work independently and collaboratively, learning how to negotiate multiple challenges as they forge their design identities. Our Newbury Street location in Boston becomes the BAC's urban laboratory, putting us at the center of business, culture and history, and convenient to public transportation. Students also look outward, taking advantage of study abroad opportunities to broaden their points of view.

To qualify for this degree, a candidate must have already completed an undergraduate degree in a design field as well as two years of professional practice while contributing to a design team (a minimum of 3000 hours). Additionally, because BAC students are employed as students, they are required to submit a portfolio that shows design thinking (concept, analysis, iterative process and clearly presented product) from academic studies and practice. Candidates must also have completed 45 credits of Liberal Studies from prior studies (including college level Math and Physics). Students must demonstrate a TOEFL score of 90 and an in-person or Skype-based interview is also required.