M.Arch - Master of Architecture

Nour Obeid
Nour Obeid MArch '19 Thesis Presentation (George Proctor)

The MArch I program accepts students from varied academic backgrounds, including non-design disciplines. The complete 90 semester unit program prepares students for a career in architecture and a path to licensure. Students must have completed courses in college algebra, trigonometry, and physics prior to beginning this program since these courses are prerequisites to design studios, structures and environmental controls.

The studio sequence consists of three segments: a two-year basic core, topic studios and electives, and a two-semester Master's project. Lecture classes in Architecture Theory and History, Human Behavior, Programming, Sustainability, Professional Practice, Building Technology, Structures, Codes and Digital Media are closely coordinated with the studio sequence, and students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge of these areas in their design projects. Students may also take elective courses in the other graduate programs in the College: Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning and the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies.

The first-year graduate class usually enrolls between twelve and sixteen students. The program, as a whole, has a graduate population of about sixty students. This number keeps the student/faculty ratio small, but is large enough to provide for diversity of backgrounds, experience, and accomplishments.

In addition to offering specialized courses, faculty conduct research in which graduate students may participate. The programs are enhanced by related course offerings in The Departments of Landscape Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning and the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, as well as by university owned facilities including the Richard and Dion Neutra VDL Research House, the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, the ENV Archives Special Collections and the Visual Resources Library.

Graduate M.Arch Flow Chart

For admission to the Master of Architecture program an applicant must have received a baccalaureate degree and have attained an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0. An applicant who does not meet these criteria may be admitted on a conditional basis if evidence of compensating qualifications can be furnished.

Upon admission to the Department of Architecture, the student will meet with the coordinator of the graduate program to prepare a reasonable sequence of course work. The curriculum thus specified may be altered only by written request submitted in accordance with university regulations.

For specific information, application instructions, and requirements please refer to the Masters Admissions page.


The Department accepts applications for the Fall semester only.

Applications are available beginning October 1 of each year. The deadline for submitting the application and accompanying fees has been extended to April 15, for admission to the following Fall term. All supporting materials (transcripts, IELTS scores, GRE scores, statement of purpose, portfolio, and letters of recommendation) must also be received by April 15. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early in the application period to ensure that all documents are received prior to review. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

For additional information on Admission Requirements and Deadlines, please refer to  Masters Admissions page.

Materials submitted to the University

The Office of Admissions and Outreach requires the following material sent directly to them:

  • The CSU application for graduate admissions is handled online. When you apply online, be sure to save a copy of your application in*.pdf file format before you submit it as you will need provide a copy of the application to the Department of Architecture. For any other questions regarding application procedures, please contact the Office of Admissions and Outreach at (909) 869-3210.
  • Official copies of your transcripts from ALL schools attended should be sent directly from the schools to the Office of Admissions and Outreach.

The mailing address is:

Office of Admissions and Outreach
Cal Poly Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768

Materials submitted to the Department

In addition to the materials submitted to the University, applicants will be contacted by the Department of Architecture within two weeks of the April 15 application deadline to submit the following materials using a secure website portal: 

  • A copy of your application 
  • Official transcripts (directly from all of your undergraduate university coursework) 
  • IELTS scores for those whose native language is not English or who did not obtain an undergraduate degree from an accredited university within the domestic United States are required to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. TOEFL scores are no longer required by the Department of Architecture. 
  • A statement of purpose 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 recommendation from those in a position to assess the applicant’s potential for either the profession of architecture or 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 illustrating your most important and representative visual arts, design, research, and/or professional work. The Portfolio must be a single PDF.  

Recommended File Set-up:
Pages: 30 max (Cover pages and table of contents do not count) File Size: 40MB max
Page format: 9” x 12” or A4, two-page spreads should be combined into one page. (recommended)
Color Format: RGB (recommended)
Resolution: 150 dpi (recommended) 

The Department of Architecture does not offer sample portfolios. 

Personal interviews are not required. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is recommended but not required.

International Applicants

Known for its outstanding academic programs, Cal Poly Pomona offers excellent education for international students who wish to pursue a degree in the United States.

The Graduate Program accepts non-resident and foreign students. Current and future International Students in Cal Poly academic programs must contact the International Center for information regarding visas, guidelines for maintaining academic progress, and procedures for internships and post graduation work.

For additional information on Incoming International Students and requirements, please refer to:
Apply as an International Student page.


For information regarding admissions to the MArch degree program, please contact:

Graduate Coordinator
Victor Jones
(909) 869-2674

Architecture Administrative Coordinator
Sam Winfield
(909) 869-4114

The M.Arch, or Masters of Architecture, requires 90 semester units for the degree. While the majority of the required courses are have curricular content similar to that required in the undergraduate curriculum, studio and core courses are offered separately for the graduate students. Students are admitted with an undergraduate degree in another field and have already completed their General Education requirements. Students with a four-year degree in architecture may also be admitted with advanced standing, which is determined on a case-by-case basis. Of the 90 required semester units, 12 are in professional electives. Please refer below to the curriculum sheet, which shows the distribution of required courses and units, and the flow chart, which shows the place for each course in the curriculum and the number of units required each term.

Graduate M.Arch Flow Chart

Graduating Writing Test

All persons who receive a degree from Cal Poly Pomona must pass the Graduation Writing Test (GWT). The test must be taken by the semester following completion of 60 units for undergraduates.

For test dates or to determine exemptions, visit Graduating Writing Test page.

Professional Practice Requirement: 300 Hours

Prior to graduation, all students are required to fulfill 500 hours of work. This work must be verified by National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). See Student Policies under internship memo.

Professor Marc Schulitz is the Internship Coordinator for the program.