Offered by: College of Environmental Design, Architecture Department
The Department of Architecture offers programs of study which lead to the degree, Master of Architecture.
The Master of Architecture as a first professional degree (M. ARCH) is accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board. In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit US professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes two types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture and the Master of Architecture. A Program may be granted an eight-year, a three-year or a two-year term of accreditation, depending on its degree of conformance with established educational standards.
George Proctor, Chair
Kip Dickson, Graduate Coordinator
Admission to the Program
For admission to the Master of Architecture program, an applicant must have received a baccalaureate degree, have attained an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0. Applicants must complete courses in college algebra, trigonometry, and physics prior to beginning this program since these courses are prerequisites to the study of structures and environmental controls.
An applicant who does not meet these criteria may be admitted on a conditional basis if evidence of compensating qualifications can be furnished. The M. ARCH program accepts students from varied academic backgrounds, including non-design disciplines, for a three-year long program. For students with no previous study in architecture, two years of intensive prerequisite course work precedes the final two semesters of the Master of Architecture program. If you are applying as a foreign student, please contact the Foreign Student Advisor in Admissions at (909) 869-5299.
All undergraduate and graduate students entering College of Environmental Design majors are required to purchase a computer that meets departmental specifications. All applicants are invited to check with their department office or go to the department's website to obtain these specifications. Financial aid assistance for this computer purchase is available to students qualifying for Federal Student Aid (requested via the FAFSA application). Please contact the University's Office of Financial Aid (909-869-3700) for additional information.
Before applying to the program, a transcript evaluation is required in order to qualify for Advanced Standing. Unofficial transcripts can be used for this review process. Contact the MArch. Graduate Coordinator.
Students holding a non-professional Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Architecture or a 5 year degree are encouraged to apply for advanced standing within the M. ARCH graduate program. Normally, two years of additional study in this advanced standing program may lead to the Master of Architecture degree. The final two semesters of the M. ARCH program require 30 semester units of academic work. Prior to graduation, all students in the M. ARCH program are required to fulfill 500 hours of NCARB recorded internship work.
The MArch program focuses on the basic knowledge and skills necessary to enter the Architectural profession and allows students to generalize their educational goals in preparation for professional practice, or focus on the topics of Environmental Sustainability or Historic Preservation.
The University's Office of Admissions requires the following material sent directly to them or submitted via the CalStateApply system that allows document to be uploaded:
For questions regarding your application, contact Cal State Apply customer support by email at: CalStateApply@liaisoncas.com or by phone at: (857) 304-2087. When you apply on-line, be sure to print it out before you submit the application as you will need to send a copy of the application to the Department of Architecture. If you prefer to complete a paper application, please contact the Office of Admissions (909 869-3210) for one.
Official copies of your transcripts from ALL schools, sent directly from the schools, to the Office of Admissions.
The mailing address for these items is:
Office of Admissions
Cal Poly Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
In Addition to the materials above, the Department of Architecture requires the following materials to be mailed to the Department Office:
A copy of your application (a PDF of the online application must be sent to the Department)
Official transcripts (sent directly from all of your undergraduate university coursework.)
3. Test Scores
TOEFL - regardless of citizenship, if the principal language of instruction for your bachelor's degree was NOT English, the TOEFL or IELTS is required for admissions. Applicants should have the following minimum scores to be considered eligible: TOEFL 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), 80 (internet) or IELTS band score of 6.5. You should have your score prior to applying to the program. This score cannot be more than two years old. Official results must be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions and Outreach. You can refer to the Cal Poly Pomona International Student website http://www.cpp.edu/~admissions//international/graduate/ or call (909)869-5299 for more information.
The GRE is not required however it is encouraged particularly if the applicant's GPA is below 3.35
4. Statement of Purpose
Provide a statement of purpose of intentions, explaining your interests, motivations, and goals in pursuing a professional degree in Architecture. The statement of purpose should be on a separate sheet and NOT included in the application;
Three letters of recommendations from those in a position to assess the applicant's potential for either the profession of Architecture of a master's level academic program. (The recommendation should be written in letter format on letterhead, there is no form to complete.)
A portfolio, (NO LARGER THAN 8-1/2' X 11" BOUND) illustrating creative or analytic ability in written, graphic, or mathematical form, of creative, visual, and graphic works (do send original art work). A self-addressed postage-paid envelope must be included if you want your portfolio returned. Portfolios will be kept in the Department of Architecture's office until October 1, 2019, if uncollected after this date all portfolios will be discarded/destroyed.
Please mail the required above material to:
Department of Architecture, Bldg. 7 Rm. 209
Cal Poly Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
Personal interviews are not required. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is recommended but not required. Application must be received no later than January 15th for admission consideration.
Supporting documents are due February 15th. Any material received after that date will not be considered part of the application. The Department has far too many applicants to check individual files for completeness so if you want conformation that your materials have arrived use registered mail.