Bachelor of Architecture
The Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch) is a five-year professional undergraduate degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The curriculum is designed to prepare the student for a future career as a registered (licensed) architect. The B. Arch is a two-tiered professional program of NAAB-required technical and professional courses and specialized elective offerings developed and delivered by professional faculty who are for the most part registered themselves. Successful completion of the B. Arch program is the first step toward licensure as a professional architect.
Bachelor of Science in Architecture
The Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch) is a four-year pre-professional degree. Students in the BS Arch program cannot become licensed architects unless they complete the professional-degree curriculum requirements set by the NAAB. However, the flexibility of the BS Arch degree allows students who do not wish to become traditional architects to pursue dual degree programs within the School and University, or engage in career opportunities in related design and building fields. Students can be admitted to the BS Architecture program immediately or transfer from the B. Arch program after two years.
Master of Architecture
The core of the graduate architecture program is the NAAB accredited, professional Master of Architecture degree (M. Arch.). The M. Arch. program combines a required professional core curriculum with an array of elective courses designed for the student who wishes to prepare for licensure as a professional architect. The M. Arch. requires seven semesters of full-time enrollment for students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than architecture. Students with previous architectural design experience may be able to complete the program in less than seven semesters.
This core program may also be allied with other degree opportunities, both within and outside the School, as well as certificate programs. The graduate program is furthered enriched by the diverse educational backgrounds of our entering students, over half of whom earned their undergraduate degrees in fields other than architecture.
Master of Science of Architecture (M.S. ARCH)
In addition to the M. Arch., NJSOA offers the non-accredited Master of Science of Architecture program (M.S. Arch.). The M.S. Arch. is a 30-credit degree program which may be articulated as a studio-based post-professional degree in architectural design or as an academically-based degree leading to research, scholarship, or specialization in particular areas of practice and scholarship such as sustainable design, digital design, and architectural history.
Master of Infrastructure Planning (MIP)
The Master of Infrastructure Planning (MIP) degree is a 36-credit interdisciplinary post-professional program in infrastructure planning and design at the community, city, and regional scale. MIP offers a unique perspective on the design of communities that emphasizes engagement with municipalities across New Jersey. Working in tandem with state and regional agencies, local governments and community organizations, the MIP design studios tackle large-scale planning issues with an emphasis on physical design.
Doctorate of Philosophy in Urban Systems
The Ph.D. in Urban Systems (Ph.D.US) utilizes the unique strengths of New Jersey's three senior public research institutions: New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers University - Newark, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). The mission of the program is to enable graduates to generate research-based knowledge of urban systems and to participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of policy and services for urban populations.