Master of Architecture


The Master of Architecture (M.Arch) program in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) prepares graduates to be progressive leaders in the field of architecture by developing technical skills, professional knowledge and design creativity through the exploration of project-based learning. The program fosters the refinement of critical design skills and offers opportunities for inquiry in architecture and related disciplines through comprehensive research.

Distinguished faculty, a rigorous curriculum and travel study opportunities—along with an ambitious series of co-curricular lectures, exhibitions, symposia and workshops provide an innovative education that prepares graduates for leadership roles in a rapidly changing world. In addition to recently renovated studio and classroom spaces in Cleveland, Ohio and Florence, Italy, the CAED's Kent-based award-winning, LEED Platinum John Elliot Center for Architecture and Environmental Design offers state of the art facilities. Including a Robotics Labs, Computer Labs, Lighting Lab, Gallery, Café, Architecture Library, Fabrication Lab and a full spectrum of digital and analog fabrication tools.


The GRE scores are not required for the Fall 2024 admission cycle.

Our NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture (M.Arch) program is open to applicants with a B.A. or B.S. degree in any academic major. Advanced placement opportunities are available for students with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Review of the student's specific academic record is required following admission to determine whether a three, two or one-year structure is appropriate. 

Evaluation of preparatory / pre-professional education is executed by the Architecture Program Director.

For eligible applicants, following a positive admission decision by the Graduate Committee, courses and work from the candidate’s prior degree program are reviewed for conformance to or consistency with the pre-professional program at Kent State as it relates to the completion of NAAB Student Performance Criteria (SPC). Syllabi and student work are solicited for additional information on SPC at the undergraduate level.  When appropriate, the Program Director will request the input of faculty on the performance of student work or the content of a syllabus in a particular course. When deficient SPC or courses are recognized, the course is added to the student’s Graduation Requirements Sheet (GRS). This sheet is included in the materials sent to admits for their signature in accepting our offer of admission. A student’s GRS is used to clear for graduation to ensure the requirements and SPC have been met.

A variety of graduate assistantships, scholarships, research and work opportunities are available to both new and returning graduate students.