The Department of Architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Architecture, a Master of Architecture (M.Arch), a Master of Science (MS) Design, and a Master of Science (MS) Design & Historic Preservation. The Department of Architecture has a philosophy of interdisciplinary collaboration and public outreach. By forging new links with the many university departments that are engaged in issues of the built environment, the program has developed an innovative curriculum with cross-disciplinary educational and research opportunities. Undergraduate and graduate students will gain broad exposure to aspects of building and material science as well as to a variety of cultural, environmental and historical perspectives, preparing them to make innovative and integrated contributions as architects and designers. The University of Massachusetts Amherst--the flagship campus of the Massachusetts state system--offers the only NAAB accredited Master of Architecture degree at a public institution in New England.



UMass Architecture provides an accessible, intellectually rigorous design education that firmly grounds students in the art and science of the built environment. The interdisciplinary, collaborative program embraces spirited, socially progressive, and environmentally responsive design. As New England?s first and only public architecture program, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst seeks to significantly broaden the interest in and access to a professional training in architecture throughout the North Atlantic region.


Our cross-campus curriculum has its home base in the Department of Architecture within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, with integrated core coursework within the Department of Art, the College of Natural Science and the College of Social and Behavioral Studies. Students have additional access to relevant coursework and opportunities throughout the Five College consortium. While there are specific requirements and a recommended sequence of classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels, undergraduates are encouraged to diversify their educational experience through open electives. Graduate students will be guided in assembling a study plan which will culminate in a Master of Architecture thesis or Master of Science project.

About The National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB)

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The UMass Amherst Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

  • M. Arch. (pre-professional degree + at least 57 graduate credits)
  • M. Arch. (non-pre-professional degree + up to 87 credits)
  • Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2016