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University of Massachusetts Architecture

The interdisciplinary, collaborative department embraces spirited, socially progressive, and environmentally responsive design.

Our cross-campus curriculum has its home base in the Department of Architecture within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, with integrated core coursework within the Department of Art and the College of Natural Sciences. Students have additional access to relevant coursework and opportunities throughout UMass and the Five College consortium.

While there are specific requirements and a recommended sequence of classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels, undergraduates are encouraged to diversify their educational experience through open electives.

Graduate students will be guided in assembling a study plan which will culminate in a Master of Architecture thesis or Master of Science project.

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We are a small program on a big campus. That means that our 140 undergraduates and 40 graduate students have the opportunity to build close relationships with faculty and classmates, while they also have access to the resources and activities of a world-class research university.

Our award-winning home, the Olver Design Building, opened in 2017 and is the first cross-laminated timber academic building in the country. It houses the Architecture, Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning, and Building & Construction Technology programs and offers design studios, fabrication shops, computer labs, classrooms, gallery space, a roof garden, and a café. The building is highly sustainable and has earned a LEED Gold rating.

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Please visit our website for additional information about any of the degrees below.

Undergraduate Degrees:

Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Graduate Degrees:

Master of Architecture (NAAB-accredited 2 and 3 year programs)

Master of Design/Historic Preservation

Master of Design

(Dual degrees with Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture, Regional Planning also available)

Special Programs:

Pre-College Summer Design Academy

Design Build Semester at Yestermorrow

Travel Abroad Semester

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Admissions Process

Admissions requirements and deadlines are different for undergraduates, transfer students, and graduate students.

Undergraduate applicants should apply via the CommonApp and will be required to submit a portfolio of art. Please visit our website for details. Learn more about applying to UMass.