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  • The NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture (MArch) program at Parsons engages with the constructed environment and advances an architectural practice that directly addresses the interlinking challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, and social injustice through sustainability-focused methods including the use of regenerative materials. Your curriculum centers on the creative interplay of thinking and making, manual and digital work, and local and global scales of operation. Working in the heart of New York City, you collaborate with communities and organizations and serve as an agent of change through project-based learning. You work at the forefront of materials-based practices, balancing pragmatism with invention to design a regenerative and socially just global future.

    Program Highlights

    • Urban Focus

      Design for sites critical to New York City’s evolution and consider issues related to infrastructure, public space, housing, and other matters of key importance to urban centers.

    • Distinctive Design Workshop

      Work in collaborative teams to design and construct architectural projects, from concept idea to material reality, exploring innovative solutions for transforming the constructed environment.  

    • Innovative Approaches

      Learn to contend with demands imposed by use, site, context, structure, and construction while gaining insights into architecture’s pivotal role in shaping culture.

    • Creative Collaboration

      Share shops and studio spaces with students from related programs in Industrial Design, Interior Design, Lighting Design, Fine Arts, and Textiles, fostering interdisciplinary work.

    • Dual-Degree Option

      Develop a deep understanding of the relationship between architecture and light with the four-year dual degree combining the MArch with Parsons’ MFA Lighting Design.

    • Applicant Profile

      This professional degree program welcomes a dynamic cohort of students holding a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture, a Bachelor of Architecture degree, or a four-year non-architecture degree.


    • Degree Master of Architecture (MArch)
    • Format Full-time, on campus
    • Credits 90
    • Duration 3 years
    • Other program status STEM-designated
  • Curriculum

    The MArch curriculum focuses on contemporary issues directly affecting the field, ranging from new representational techniques to sustainable built and natural systems. Courses draw on Parsons’ network of municipal and institutional partners, local practitioners, and commercial clients, providing students with internship, design competition, and research funding opportunities. New York City provides you with a comprehensive context in which to gain design-build experience and explore architecture’s formal and sociopolitical dimensions.

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  • Career Paths

    Graduates have pursued careers in sustainability and resiliency, urban planning, landscape design, interior design, and architecture. They have opened their own practices and joined prominent firms, including Diller Scofidio + Renfro, LEVENBETTS, Bernheimer Architecture, Gensler, Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis, BIG, and Snǿhetta.

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  • Parsons faculty represent a broad range of expertise and are acknowledged as leading practitioners and scholars in their fields.

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      Research Labs

      Research is integral to the Parsons learning experience, and students and faculty work together to challenge existing paradigms and advance emerging scholarship and practice. Explore the thematic research laboratories housed at Parsons and throughout The New School.

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      Industry Engagement

      Connect to the organizations, businesses, and entrepreneurs driving global creativity and commerce. In classes, internships, and extracurricular projects, you gain marketable problem-solving skills in sectors ranging from government and nonprofits to tech and creative industries.

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      New York City’s thriving creative industry and cultural institutions are part of your Parsons education. Our Career Services Office is enmeshed in the art and design industries and can help you advance your career with industry-oriented internships. 

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      Funded Opportunities

      Funds are earmarked for graduate travel, research, and work to support your study. Opportunities include paid teaching assistantships, research fellowships and assistantships (including ones offered throughout The New School), ample student employment, and other grants available to U.S. domestic and international students alike.

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      Making & Academic Resources

      Enjoy access to extensive resources including New School libraries, computer labs, archives, and studios, along with Parsons’ state-of-the-art Making Center, facilities offering a broad array of tools to support your creative and academic growth.

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