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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the program?
The program lasts from five to seven semesters, depending on the applicant's qualifications. In most cases, students will complete the program 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.

Who should apply?
The program is designed for qualified individuals who are currently employed in an architecture setting, have worked in the profession for a minimum of one year, and have achieved a defined level of responsibility and competency in coordinating and managing aspects of a moderate-size architecture project.

Will I have to quit my job?
No, the curriculum is designed to enable students to continue to work in a practice setting and to apply the time and knowledge gained in practice toward fulfilling degree requirements. The synergy between learning that takes place in the work place and learning that takes place in the studio or classroom is the cornerstone of the BAC educational philosophy.

Where do I take classes? Do I have to move to Boston?
No, you do not need to move 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 residency of intensive academic study at the BAC.

Where do students stay while attending the Intensive week in Boston?
The BAC reserves rooms in a local hotel within a 5 minute walk from the BAC where students stay. This assures that students will have convenient and easy access to campus facilities, as well as to sites for studio projects that are typically close by.

When does the program start?
The Distance M.Arch admits a cohort of students in the fall and in the spring. Generally, the fall semester begins in the first week of August and the spring semester begins in the first week of January.

When are applications due?
The priority application deadline for fall semester is March 1, and for spring semester it is September 15. Applications received after the priority deadlines will be considered if space is available, but are not guaranteed consideration for admission.

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 located here.

I have more questions. Whom should I contact?
Please contact the Admissions office at admissions@the-bac.edu or 617.585.0123 with any questions about the program or applying.