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  • Address
    Design Building
    551 North Pleasant St.
    Amherst, MA 01003
  • Architecture Degrees

    Pre-professional Architecture Degrees (Undergraduate)

    B.S. Architecture

    Professional Architecture Degrees (Graduate)

    Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

    Other Related Disciplines (Graduate)

    M. Design
  • Tuition

    Undergrad Tuition – In State

    $11,500 - $16,500

    Undergrad Tuition – Out of State

    $36,500 - $41,500

    Graduate Tuition – In State

    $16,500 - $21,500

    Graduate Tuition – Out of State

    $36,500 - $41,500
  • Full-Time Students
  • School Deadlines
    Spring Semester - Transfer

    Fall Semester - Transfer

    Fall Semester - Regular Decision

    Fall Semester - Early Action

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Department of Architecture

The Department Architecture provides an accessible, intellectually rigorous design education that firmly grounds students in the art and science of the built environment. The interdisciplinary, collaborative program embraces spirited, socially progressive, and environmentally responsive design. As New England’s first public architecture program, UMass Amherst Architecture seeks to significantly broaden interest in and access to a professional training in architecture throughout the North Atlantic region.


The University of Massachusetts Amherst, the flagship campus of a five-campus public university system, was founded in 1863 because of the Morrill Land Grant Act. As a land-grant university, UMass Amherst’s mission is to provide teaching, research and public service to the nation and the citizens of Massachusetts. This mission, as interpreted to address the challenges of the twenty-first century, remains as true today as it was when the institution opened its doors as the Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1867.

School Philosophy

The Department teaches a creative process that will enable students to tackle complex interdisciplinary problems of varying scales. Students learn to create a wide range of interventions informed by human and environmental systems. Students learn a design process that seeks to envision approaches, conducting research, and enlisting appropriate stakeholders. Throughout the curriculum, students are taught that aesthetics and that sensitively designed buildings and communities are the physical manifestations of resiliency.


The Department was founded to provide broad access to design education, particularly those from marginalized communities who may feel excluded from the architecture profession. Our philosophy is that there is a place for everyone in the discipline and in the Department. We accept students based on their record of achievement, aptitude, and promise. We value and support the unique potential each student contributes to the expansion of our discipline. Each student in our program is empowered to create their own place in our department; a place carved out through their own motivation and inspiration.

of Focus

1. Art & Design
2. Building Technologies
3. Historic Preservation
4. Community Design
5. History | Theory | Criticism
6. Resilience
7. Design/Build
8. Sustainability & High-Performance Built Environments

Cross-disciplinary experience
Online Courses
Summer Program
Study Abroad
Individual Computer Provided
24 Hour Workshop
Large-format Printer
Laser Cutter
3D Printing
CNC Milling
Fabrication Lab
Robotics Lab

Transfer Policies

Transfers are possible for both the BS Architecture and the Master of Architecture. Students should consult with the Program Directors.

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