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Roger Williams University

Located an hour south of Boston, in Bristol, Rhode Island, RWU provides access to a vast network of firms and career opportunities in one of the busiest architectural corridors in the United States. Drawing on the expertise of faculty and practicing architects from the region, across the U.S., and around the globe, an RWU architecture education connects an NAAB-accredited education with real-world practice.

The School offers the following degree programs:

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In the SAAHP, you don’t have to wait until you graduate to earn professional experience. Paid internships, projects with real clients, and top-notch design studios taught by practicing firms in residence will prepare you for a career you'll love. State-of-the-art facilities, opportunities to study abroad, a commitment to community engagement, and consistent faculty/peer mentorship make RWU’s School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation the ideal environment to launch a career in the field.

The M.Arch program at RWU is fully-accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB).

RWU’s Master of Architecture Program Reaccredited with Distinction

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Key features of an RWU SAAHP Education

An education in the School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation is immersive in your discipline both on and off campus. Intentional partnerships with architecture firms, preservation organizations, and nonprofits provide students with a wealth of opportunities to engage with industry and hone skills they build through their classes and studios. The School has created a number of initiatives to provide students with an engaging experience while studying at RWU:

  • Teaching Firm in Residence Program where two leading national and international firms teach graduate architectural design and seminar courses each semester;
  • Career Investment Program providing financial support for upper-class and graduate assistantships with faculty, and internship placements with leading firms regionally, nationally and internationally;
  • Samsung Design Studio and rCloud Computing providing large format monitors, software, and server access at each studio desk, and interactive screens in review and seminar spaces;
  • Community Partnerships Center featuring interdisciplinary collaborations within and beyond the school serving external community groups;
  • Women’s Leadership Network providing opportunities and linkages among women from pre-college, undergraduate, graduate, alumni, emerging and senior professionals;
  • International Fellows Program annual summer roundtable among leaders and RWU students;
  • Study abroad opportunities at sites including Barcelona, Beijing, and Florence.
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Application Requirements

Admission requirements vary by program, so please consult the undergraduate requirements and graduate requirements pages. Applicants to the B.S. Architecture and Master of Architecture programs are required to submit a portfolio.

Undergraduate Deadlines

Early Action

Regular Decision

Spring Admission

Application Deadline

November 15

February 1

November 1

Admission Notification Date




FAFSA Priority Deadline

February 1

February 1

December 1

Honors Program

Priority Consideration

Reviewed on a space available basis

Reviewed on a space available basis

Student Reply Date

May 1

May 1

December 1

Graduate Deadlines

Priority Deadline I: January 15th

Priority Deadline II: March 1st

Final deadline: May 1st

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Financial Aid

Competitive scholarships and grants are available to undergraduate and graduate applicants. Students who apply for the early action and priority deadlines will be given first consideration for funding.

For Master of Architecture and M.S. Preservation Practices students, all students receive a $3,000 annual Career Investment Program grant that funds a paid assistantship or internship with a firm. The award is renewable each year in each respective program.

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