Masters in Architecture

What is Architecture

The Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) is a professional degree in architecture, qualifying the graduate to move through the various stages of professional accreditation (internship, exams) that result in receiving a license. Architecture is the art of designing and constructing structures.The degree is earned through several possible paths of study, depending on both a particular program's construction, and the candidate's previous academic experience and degrees. M.Arch. degrees vary in kind, so they are frequently given names such as "M.Arch. I" and "M.Arch. II" to distinguish them. All M.Arch. degrees are professional degrees in architecture. There are, however, other master's degrees offered by architecture schools that are not accredited in any way.

An ‘architect’ in its literal sense is someone who ‘creates’. The course is closely related but similar to civil engineering even as both the professionals work together in erecting structures.

Requirements to Study Architecture

There are no standard entrance exams for masters in architecture. Some of the universities have their own personal entrance exams and mostly all of them need your academic profile. However, TOEFL or IELTS is compulsory for acquiring visa and as proof of proficiency in English.

Core Subjects in Architecture

Students who study architecture learn about the physics, mathematics and the science behind architectures. Various subjects include:

  • Architecture Design
  • Building Construction
  • Theory of Structures
  • Building Science and Services
  • Building Management
  • History of Architecture
  • Architectural Drawing
  • Theory of Settlement Planning

Specialisations in Architecture

Various specializations include:

  • Land Use Planning
  • Urban Spatial Structure
  • Economic Development
  • International Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Urban Community Social Development

Cost of Studying Architecture

Although the fees vary from university to university, the average tuition cost for masters in architecture in the US are $24,000/year. Average living costs vary upto $8900/year. Tuition fees are around C$20000 in Canada. In Australia, average tuition costs are A$35000 / year and the average living costs are A$8,500/year.

Job Prospects after Masters in Architecture

United States$45,366 - $104,445$64,863
United Kingdom£22,558 - £46,492£32,250
SwitzerlandCHF 33,600 - CHF 100,000CHF 58,634
SingaporeS$10,304 - S$108,696S$59,727
New ZealandNZ$41,950 - NZ$109,540NZ$59,106
Netherland€19,961 - €58,362€34,514
Ireland€23,511 - €52,409€33,472
Germany€20,309 - €46,624€30,423
France€15,176 - €60,599€22,435
CanadaC$48,823 - C$91,907C$64,908
AustraliaAU$48,607 - AU$92,068AU$62,273


2019 Top Universities for Masters in Architecture

The University of Tokyo
ETH Zurich
Columbia University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
National University Of Singapore
Delft University of Technology
University of California – Berkeley
Harvard University
University College London

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