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Architecture - Advising by Major

Requirements for Architecture Majors vary by institution.  Be sure to follow the ARTSYS printout for each of the Maryland schools that interest you.  Admission into an Architecture major is extremely competitive, requiring a high GPA and a portfolio of work prior to admission.  Contact transfer institutions early on for advising information.  

Montgomery College offers CT 170/ARCH 101 Introduction to the Built Environment, Rockville Campus, as an introductory course for architecture students.  This class transfers to UMCP and other schools; it also helps students develop a portfolio.  The MC AAS in Architectural and Construction Technology transfers well to both Catholic University DC and Morgan State University, MD.

Links to Admissions Requirements for nearby Schools of Architecture:

  • Catholic University, DC  Montgomery College has a good relationship with CU's Architecture Program - please see Professor, the adviser of Architectural and Construction Technology Program, Rockville Campus, for details.

  • Morgan State University – Montgomery College has a good relationship with Morgan’s Architecture Program - please see Professor, the adviser of Architectural and Construction Technology Program, Rockville Campus, for details.

  • Howard University DC

  • University of Maryland, College Park  Students in the UMCP Architecture program are admitted in two ways:  direct admits from high school, and transfer admits, who are students enrolled at UM and elsewhere competing for up to 30 seats each year. UMCP requires a drawing course not offered at MC.  Students may take this class at a reduced price while attending MC full-time through the Maryland Transfer Advantage Program (MTAP).  Read all of the School of Architecture Admissions Requirements carefully and meet with an adviser at MC to discuss your plan of action, which should also include a Plan B because of the extremely competitive admissions process for this program.  ATTEND AN OPEN HOUSE @ the School of Architecture.
    See the ARTSYS Recommended Transfer Program for course equivalencies.

    Transfer Admission Requirements - U of MD College Park School of Architecture: 

    New transfer students, as well as students already enrolled on campus who wish to change majors to architecture, will undergo a transfer admission process; to meet the provisions of the process, these students must demonstrate their ability to complete the following prior to enrollment in the studio sequence (Junior yr.):

    A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in all college level coursework is also required. In addition, the review will include an assessment of letters of recommendation, essay, and a portfolio, the nature of which is specified by the School. See for portfolio requirements and deadlines. Admission is competitive and not guaranteed due to space limitations. Students are encouraged to consider the 3 ½ year Master of Architecture Program if they are unable to join the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Architecture pre-professional program. Note: The Master of Architecture degree is the NAAB accredited degree at the University of Maryland at College Park.
  • Completion of Fundamental Studies [ENGL 102 & MATH 150 @ MC]
  • Completion of six of eight General Education Distributive Studies courses
  • Completion of ARCH 170 Intro to the Built Environment (= ARCH 101 @ MC), 225, 226 History of Architecture I & II (= ARCH 265 & 266 @ MC) and 242 Basic Architectural Drawing - this must be taken @ UMCP - can be taken while @ MC through MTAP) with a minimum grade of B- in each course
  • Completion of MATH 220 (= MATH 150 Elementary Applied Calculus @ MC), PHYS 121 General Physics (= PHYS 203 @ MC) and one of the following: BSCI205 (or ENSP101), GEOG140,GEOL120, GEOL/AOSC/GEOG123 or PHYS122 (= BIOL 105&106 Environmental Biology or PHYS 204 Gen Physics II @ MC) listed below with a minimum grade of C- or higher and an overall minimum grade point average of 2.67.

Scholarship Information:

American Architectural Foundation 

Career Information:

Careers in Architecture 

The American Institute of Architects

Related Careers:

Landscape ArchitectCivil EngineerUrban PlannerInterior Designer
Industrial Designer, and Graphic Designer

Last Update:  10/3/14


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