Master of Architecture Program - Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to this graduate program at Fairmont State University must meet the standards established by the university.  Applicants must also be approved for admission by the Architecture Program.  Admission to Graduate Studies at Fairmont State University requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 2.75 overall grade point average or a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale on the student’s last sixty (60) semester hours of baccalaureate degree courses. 

Official transcripts must be sent directly from the college or university that issued the baccalaureate degree to the Office of Admissions.  In addition to the Graduate School Admissions Requirements, admission to the Master of Architecture degree program will be partially determined by the applicant’s GRE score, portfolio, letters of recommendation, and letter of intent.  A personal interview will be required as part of the admissions process.  This interview will be conducted by faculty in the Architecture program.

Students seeking admission to the M.Arch program must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of a four-year pre-professional degree in architecture or equivalent.  An equivalent program would consist of a program of study similar to a pre-professional degree in architecture but not recognized as such by NAAB.  An equivalent degree should consist of approximately 90-96 credit hours of architecture content courses and 45 credit hours of general studies. 
  • Scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) The submitted score must be no more than five years old.
  • Language Proficiency Testing must be taken by international students in which English is not the primary language.  Paper based TOEFL score must not be less than 550 and IBT (Internet-Based) TOEFL must not be less than 79 for admission.  IELTS scores must not be less than 6.5 for admission.

  • Three letters of reference with a minimum of two from undergraduate architecture instructors. The third may be from a professional acquaintance.
  • A portfolio containing examples of the applicant’s creative/design work.
  • A letter of intent summarizing the student’s purpose in pursuing the M.Arch degree.

First Year

Fall                         15 Hours

                ARCH 5000 (6)                    Architecture Design Studio - Community

                ARCH 5010 (3)                    Architecture Design Seminar 1 – Small Urban Context

                ARCH 5040 (3)                    Professional Practice

                ARCH 50xx  (3)                   Architecture Elective

Spring                   15 Hours

                ARCH 5050 (6)                    Comprehensive Design Studio

                ARCH 5060 (3)                    Architecture Design Seminar 2 - Sustainable

                ARCH 6010 (3)                    Advanced Study Proposal

                ARCH 50xx  (3)                   Architecture Elective

Second Year

Fall                         12 Hours

                ARCH 6050 (6)                    Advanced Architectural Design Studio

                ARCH 60xx (3)                    Architecture Elective

                XXXX  #### (3)                  Interdisciplinary Elective