*Master of Science in Architecture (formerly Master of Architecture II)

The Master of Science in Architecture program will serve professionals who wish to continue in practice with higher research and design skills in those areas in which the program offers specialization. It will additionally prepare those who wish to develop parallel careers in teaching and/or continue to engage in research toward an appropriate Ph.D degree at another institution.

The Master of Science in Architecture is open to applicants who:

  • hold the degree of Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch), the Master of Architecture I (M.Arch I) or an equivalent degree from an international institution.

  • have completed a minimum of one year of work experience after obtaining their first professional degree.

All applicants must submit the following by January 6, 2020

  • A completed (coming soon)

  • A nonrefundable application fee of $75

  • Official academic records (transcripts) from all colleges and universities from which you have received credit

  • GRE scores are required.

  • TOEFL score is required if you have less than three years of study in English.

  • Recommendation letters (three are required)

  • Resumé/CV

  • Written Essay: The essay should succinctly explain your interest in the M.Arch II program as well as the specified area of concentration

  • Examples of written work

  • Portfolio: Applicants must submit a portfolio via regular mail that includes their most important and representative design and written work. The portfolio should consist of professional, academic and/or scholarly work. It should be bound into a brochure no larger than 9" x 12" (overall size). Applicant should not submit CDs, slides, loose sheets or original drawings. Simple packaging is preferred. (Please note: We do not accept portfolios electronically.)

  • Potential candidates may be required to be available and make necessary arrangements for a personal interview.
    While we make every attempt to conduct interviews remotely, any interview expenses will be the responsibility of the candidate.

All application materials can be mailed to the Office of Admissions at the following address:

The Office of Admissions 
30 Cooper Square, 3rd Floor 
New York, NY 10003

Or you can email your materials to: admissions@cooper.edu (In the subject line of your email, please reference “Master of Science in Architecture Application”.)

The Fall 2020 application deadline is January 6, 2020.

Deferral of an Offer of Admission from the School of Architecture: Due to the small size of the programs, the deferral of an offer of admission to the Bachelor of Architecture (undergraduate) and/or Master of Science in Architecture (graduate) program is not permitted.

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*Please note, The Cooper Union has filed an application with the New York State Education Department to change the name from Master of Architecture II to Master of Science in Architecture.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.