Building upon the foundation of undergraduate study, Master of Architecture students hone their craft in studio and design projects that fulfill National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) requirements and prepare a candidate for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).
Architecture – Master of Architecture (MArch)
Montana State’s Master of Architecture program is specifically designed to hone the creative and scientific skills obtained in a candidate’s undergraduate studies with comprehensive design studios, investigative projects and preparation to take the ARE in order to become a registered architect. Candidates will have opportunities to forge their design sensibilities and scientific knowledge with explorations of sustainable building practices and the impact of architecture and the environment.
“In terms of quality of work and rigor of the program, MSU is on par with the top [architectural school] programs [...] It’s an incredible place to learn about architecture.”
– Robin Wilder '18, Architecture
Community Design Center
Montana State’s Community Design Center works with nonprofit organizations and government agencies to provide the visioning, planning and conceptual design skills necessary to create great communities.
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Fund Your Education
The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding during their time at MSU. Some resources the School of Architecture and Graduate School offer includes:
Additionally, Architecture candidates are able to to take advantage of internship opportunities, which could offer additional avenues for funding while also completing credit hours towards your degree.
In line with current technology at the heart of the profession, Architecture students have access to the following tools and more within the wood, metal and 3D/laser rooms in Cheever Hall:
- 48” x 48” CNC router
- 2-MIG welders
- Glass kiln
- Universal laser cutters
- Z-Corp rapid prototype machine
Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the Architecture program is not different. Below are the criteria and admissions material that should be used as a guide to help as you apply to our graduate programs:
- Application and application fee
- Three letters of recommendation, submitted online. The applicant will need to provide the name and e-mail address of the reference. At least two of the three references must be from faculty members. The third reference can be from an architecture professional
- Official transcripts from all undergraduate coursework
- General GRE scores: although no official score is required, see the Architecture program page for acceptance criteria to understand how your overall GRE score can contribute to your application
- Portfolio of work, submitted online.
To fully understand how each aspect of your application is scored overall, please review the School of Architecture's outline of acceptance criteria to best anticipate how successful your application will be. Although the Graduate Program at Montana State does practice rolling admissions, the Architecture program follows these deadlines for each semester:
- Fall: January 15 for all applicants