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What You Learn

You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to take projects — designed with human interaction in mind — from concept to completion, through practice and engagement with real-world partners.

  • Understand the principles of architectural design

  • Create and design projects in your own dedicated student workspace

  • Evaluate project objectives, requirements and budgets to meet client needs and improve the built environment

  • Spend a semester abroad, studying at Wenzhou-Kean University in China

  • Collaborate with Michael Graves College students in graphic design, industrial design, and interior design and at Wenzhou-Kean

  • Build a professional network through projects with private and public clients and internships at leading architectural firms

At the end of the two-year program, you will be prepared for professional licensing requirements as an architect.

Application Deadline:

Fall: June 30

Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

Cougars Climb Higher

At Kean, we believe learning extends far beyond the walls of our classrooms and labs. That's why we encourage you to get involved in clubs and organizations, study abroad at our campus in China or elsewhere and pursue internships that will advance your career. Find out more.


A faculty-led design studio creates real solutions for public organizations and agencies, and nonprofits. K•Labs employs students to deliver creative and practical solutions to spatial, branding and environmental challenges.

A professor works with Kean students on a K-Labs project.

Michael Graves Warehouse

The Warehouse, the iconic home of the late Michael Graves in Princeton, was gifted to Kean and now serves as an education center for architecture and design students, with seminars for advanced students, salons for key academic leaders and professionals, and small conferences.

The Warehouse, the former home of Michael Graves in Princeton.
Michael Graves Warehouse

Real-world Projects

Architecture students have helped design Kean's new Skylands campus, one of many opportunities they have to work with clients on real-world projects.

A Kean student works on "The Treehouse" at the Highlands campus.
Real-world Projects

Admission Requirements

In addition to Kean University’s admission requirements:

  • Portfolio Review (please submit your online portfolio via your Cougar App Portal)
  • Portfolio requirement is waived for students in Kean University's B.A. Architectural Studies program.
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • 3.0 cumulative grade point average (lower GPAs will be considered based on overall strength of application)
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Professional Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score reports (International Students Only)
  • GRE recommended but not required

Prerequisite Coursework
Students with an undergraduate degree other than architecture will need a transfer credit evaluation by the architecture graduate program coordinator. Additional coursework may be required.


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National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)

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