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Distance Master of Architecture Admissions

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Accepting applications for Fall 2015. Priority deadline to be considered for our Dean's Scholarship is February 15, 2015. Preferred deadline March 15, 2015. 

Student Profile Beatrice Ardila

Student Profile
Beatrice studies at the BAC from Paris, Texas where she lives and works for the architecture firm Harrison, Walker & Harper.

The Boston Architectural College welcomes applications for the College's Distance Track of the NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture program. The BAC has a rich history of educating professionals in architecture. Since 1889, the institution has been strongly connected to the profession of architecture. As a college, the BAC provides a unique educational model through its concurrent learning format that combines learning in the studio and classroom with learning in the work place. The college's Distance M.Arch degree enables students to earn a NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture degree while continuing to practice in the profession, regardless of where they live and work. Most students are able to qualify to sit for the Architect Registration Examination (A.R.E.) upon completion of the program.

There are both academic and professional prerequisites for admission. An undergraduate degree in Architecture is strongly recommended, although not required, for admission. The best preparation for the program is a pre-professional, four year undergrad Architecture degree, or a closely related course of study with a design focus.

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.

Academic prerequisites for admission include a bachelor's degree and the following coursework:

• 45 credits of general education (in non-architecture courses)
• College Physics
• College Math (Algebra and Trigonometry)
• At least 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, to qualify for admission 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

• Application form (Online or Printable)
• Portfolio
• Official Transcripts from all colleges attended
• Course Descriptions of all courses taken (including General Education)
• 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) term start. For more information about the Distance M.Arch, please contact Admissions at 617.585.0123 or admissions@the-bac.edu.