Master of Science in Architecture

Architecture Studio

Architecture Studio

Our fall 2024 first-year application is LIVE!

The Master of Science in Architecture program will serve professionals who wish to continue in practice with higher research and design skills in those areas in which the program offers specialization. It will additionally prepare those who wish to develop parallel careers in teaching and/or continue work toward a related Ph.D. degree at another institution. Due to the small size of the programs, the deferral of an offer of admission to the Master of Science in Architecture program is not permitted. 

The Master of Science in Architecture program is designated as a STEM program, making international M.S. Arch graduates eligible to extend their F-1 visas for up to three years in order to work in the United States.

Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: January 5 
Decision Notification: March 1

Application Instructions

  • Application Steps

    • You must hold a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch), Master of Architecture I (M.Arch I) or an equivalent degree from an international institution
    • A completed Master of Science in Architecture application
    • A written essay succinctly explaining your interest in the Master of Science in Architecture program as well as the specified area of concentration
    • Examples of written work (previously completed written work such as essays, research papers, thesis statements, etc.)
    • A portfolio including your most important and representative design and written work. The portfolio should consist of professional, academic, and/or scholarly work. No physical portfolios will be accepted. ALL portfolio submissions must be made electronically through the application portal.
    • One year of work experience after obtaining your first professional degree is recommended 
    • Official TOEFLIELTS, or DET scores (if Bachelor’s degree was taught in a language other than English)
      • We do not accept results from: IELTS Indicator, TOEFL ITP Plus for China, TOEFL Essentials, and PTE Academic Online.
    • Official copies of post-secondary transcripts, including college/university transcripts
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • $75 application fee or fee waiver 
    • Resume 
  • Interviews

    Potential candidates may be required to be available and make necessary arrangements for a personal interview. While we make every attempt to conduct interviews remotely, any interview expenses will be the responsibility of the candidate.

If you have questions about our undergraduate application process, please attend an info session, check out our FAQs, or email us at

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  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.