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Prospective Graduate Students

Dear Prospective Graduate Students,

We are pleased that you are considering NC State University School of Architecture for your graduate degree. We offer two degrees: the Master of Architecture (MArch), an accredited degree that allows you to become a licensed architect in the United States; and the Master of Advanced Architectural Studies (MAAS), a research-based degree for students who do not need an accredited degree. We are an intimate school with dedicated faculty and wonderful students. This page showcases all of the exciting things that we are doing in the school and to answer your questions about the school, college, and university.

Director of Graduate Programs

Dana Gulling // Email Dana

Recordings from the 2021 Graduate Open House

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the following for answers to frequently asked questions about the program. If you have any additional questions, email design_graduate@ncsu.edu.

You can find all admissions requirements for the Master of Architecture program here, and for the Master of Advanced Architectural Studies here. Also, you can view sample portfolio information in one of the Open House videos above.

You can find information about financial support and funding opportunities through the graduate school here. Similar information for international applicants can be found here. Applicants are considered for scholarships from the School of Architecture after they are awarded admission. There is no additional application for scholarships.

You can start your application through the NC State Graduate School Website here.

GRE scores are no longer a requirement for admission to the Master of Architecture program. Any scores listed in an application will not impact admissions consideration.

There is a fee for every application submitted. We understand that this fee may be difficult for some of our applicants to pay, particularly if they are from outside the country; however, the College of Design is unable to waive application fees. The NC State Graduate School generally will not waive the application fee, except in cases of documented financial need and special circumstances. If you would like to request a fee waiver, first submit your application. Next, contact Dr. David Shafer, david_shafer@ncsu.edu, in the admissions office for more information.

Information about the estimated cost of attendance for in-state and out-of-state students can be found here. You can also find a breakdown of tuition and fee information here. Be sure to review the tuition increments for the Master of Architecture program.

Applicants have the possibility of being granted a Teaching or Research Assistantship through the School of Architecture. These positions are based on applications and availability of positions. The School of Architecture is able to offer some scholarships and Graduate Student Support Plans (GSSP), and those are typically awarded to top applicants. There is no separate application for these positions, they are awarded based on the strength of an application to the School. Because the Master of Architecture is a professional program, most students self-fund their education. Additional information about TA or RA positions becomes available after admission.

NC State offers on-campus housing options for graduate students. You can review more information here.

You can review the NC State Transportation Website for information about bus routes and parking.

The University offers a detailed list of all the things you need to know as an International Applicant.

The Master of Architecture (Track 1 and 3) are STEM Designated majors.

Master of Architecture students can enroll in one of the 4 certificate programs or the History and Theory Concentration offered by the College of Design. These programs do not require additional classes, they just require a careful selection of courses and electives. You can find more information about certificates and the History and Theory concentration here.

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