Bristol, RI
location
Private
type
Suburban
setting
33%
67%
student ratio
74
total students
Tuition Cost $64,587
$64,587
average amount to complete degree
April 1
fall application deadline
80%
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered

Overview

Master of Architecture at Roger Williams University

The School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University prepares students for excellence in leadership, service, and creative development in the field. It offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in architecture, art and architectural history, historic preservation, sustainability studies, and visual art studies. These high quality, applied programs integrate aesthetic and technical pursuits, creation and conservation, individual exploration and community involvement, and national and international perspectives to cultivate well-versed and accomplished professionals.

The school's NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture (MArch) program trains students to engage in strategic thinking and master the artistic, philosophical, and technical factors that underlie the successful design and preservation of structures. It provides the following benefits:

- Guaranteed scholarships (with a 3.0 or higher GPA in your undergraduate studies)
- Guaranteed, paid assistantships/internships with faculty and local, national, and international organizations and firms
- Affordable tuition - among the most affordable MArch programs in the Northeast while still offering you the same quality as more expensive alternatives and the same access to applied opportunities in Boston and New York City
- Practicing firms in residence bring real firms to the classroom to teach about what is happening in the field today
- State-of-the-art Samsung Design Studio
- Dual degree opportunities with our cutting edge Historic Preservation program
- Customized studies
- Design-oriented curricula
- Study abroad opportunities in Barcelona, Beijing, and more

Path One to the Master of Architecture Degree

Path One of the MArch program is designed to provide a continuous sequence from undergraduate to graduate study for students who've earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Architecture from Roger Williams University. Its curriculum, which includes 181 credits of core and elective courses, can be completed in 5-1/2 to 6 years from the beginning of undergraduate studies. The curriculum has courses in the following areas:

- Foundation/Core
- Design
- History/Theory
- Environment and Human Behavior
- Technical Systems
- Architecture Electives
- Mathematics
- Science

Graduate electives can be used to create a concentration in sustainable design, urban design, digital media, or historic preservation.

Path Two to the Master of Architecture Degree

Path Two provides advanced entry into the MArch program for individuals from other universities who have earned a four-year, NAAB-accredited Bachelor of Architecture degree. Its curriculum includes 56 credits of courses, offered in a full-time sequence over four semesters. It includes courses in the following areas:

- Design
- History/Theory
- Environment and Human Behavior
- Technical Systems
- Practice and Professional Development
- Architecture Electives

Electives can be used to create a concentration in sustainable design, urban design, digital media, or historic preservation.

Path Three to the Master of Architecture Degree

Path Three provides entry into the MArch program for individuals who have earned a four-year undergraduate degree in fields other than architecture. Its 91-credit curriculum can be completed in three years and one summer of full-time study. It includes courses in the following areas:

- Design
- History/Theory
- Environment and Human Behavior
- Technical Systems
- Practice and Professional Development
- Architecture Electives
- Prerequisites in drawing, math, and physics (when applicable)

Electives can be used to create a concentration in sustainable design, urban design, digital media, or historic preservation.

Public Events Series

The School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation hosts a Public Events Series that addresses the work of notable figures in the fields of architecture, the arts, and preservation. It includes conferences, exhibitions, and lectures. It also includes the "Mutual Influence Forum," which promotes discussion and reflection for the school, university, and community.

Distinguished Faculty Members

Faculty members in the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation are distinguished architects, artists, authors, historians, planners, and scholars from around the world. These experienced practitioners have published in numerous industry and scholarly journals. They use a broad range of learning techniques including classroom lectures, demonstrations, field trips, installations, and real-world projects in the community and throughout the world.

Assistant Professor of Architecture Patrick Charles, SMArchS, and Professor of Architecture Gail Fenske, PhD, are two of the school's accomplished faculty members. Charles, who received an architecture diploma from the Ecole d'Architecture de Nancy in France, was a project architect for the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris for more than seven years. Fenske has authored several articles, books, book chapters, and essays including "The Skyscraper and the City: The Woolworth Building and the Making of Modern New York" (University of Chicago Press, 2008).

Students also learn from talented educators and practitioners through the school's Architecture Teaching Firm in Residence, Visiting Artist, and Visiting Professorship programs.

Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Roger Williams University recognizes that pursuing a graduate degree requires a great deal of financial resources. That's why it's committed to making graduate study as affordable as possible, which includes providing merit-based scholarships and graduate assistantships. These include guaranteed scholarships for students who possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in their undergraduate studies as well as paid assistantships and internships.

Graduate students may also qualify for federal loans, scholarships and fellowships from external sources, loans from private lenders, and employer tuition assistance programs.

Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University is an independent, coeducational institution that offers programs in the liberal arts and the professions. It has more than 40 majors and 19 master's and graduate certificate programs. These programs integrate classroom instruction with project-based, experiential learning to create community-minded and globally-aware citizens and professionals.

The university is situated on 143 acres in Bristol, Rhode Island in the northeastern region of the United States. This charming town is about a one-hour drive from historic Boston, Massachusetts and a three-hour drive from vibrant New York City, New York.


Location & Contact

Roger Williams University

Office of Graduate Admission

1 Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809
United States

Marcus Hanscom

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 401-254-6200
Email: mhanscom@rwu.edu


Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Architecture Master's
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 50
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Evening
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$64,587
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 1 (preferred)
    • Types of financial support availableScholarships, Assistantships, Student Loans



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