Architecture I

University of North Carolina Charlotte

36 months
10228 USD/year
3511 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The School of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte offers a number of graduate degree program recognized for the outstanding quality of their faculty and students, their commitment to outreach and community involvement, and the quality and extent of resources offered through its labs, classrooms, and studios.

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Students admitted to the MArch I program complete a full-time, three-plus-year, 96-credit curriculum that begins in the second session of the summer semester.

In the first year of the MArch I program, students acquire the fundamentals of visual and spatial design, conceptualization, problem solving, and material and environmental influences. In addition to design studio, students take introductory coursework in architectural history and theory, building technology, and representation.

In the second year, students join incoming MArch II students to complete a curriculum that includes advanced-design studios coupled with courses in contemporary theory, building technology, computational methods, design methodology and architectural electives.

In the third year, students complete a comprehensive architectural design project, a research-driven graduate diploma studio, along with courses in architectural research, professional practice, and additional architectural electives.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Eco-Responsive--Next Generation Facades
  • Good Fast Cheap
  • Architecture + Activism: Humanitarian Design in Practice  
  • Urban Form

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
2 (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
83 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate School Application
  • Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from all previous college-level institution(s)
  • Official GRE test scores (and TOEFL scores if applicable)
  • Statement of Purpose explaining reasons for wanting to study in the School of Architecture
  • Three recommendations from persons familiar with the applicant's personal and professional qualifications
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (.pdf document upload)
  • Portfolio (.pdf document upload)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10228 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10228 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    3511 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3511 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.


The School of Architecture and the UNC Charlotte Graduate School aim to support as many of our graduate students as possible through a combination of research and teaching assistantships, tuition deferrals, stipends, and scholarships. Currently about 40% of our graduate students receive some kind of support from the School of Architecture.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Architecture I
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