Last Updated June 8, 2022
As part of our series How to Fully Fund Your Master’s Degree, here is a list of universities that have fully funded Master’s Programs in Architecture or fund most students in their architecture MA program. A Master’s degree in Architecture can lead to a career as a professional architect, urban and regional planner, teacher, and more.
“Full funding” is a financial aid package for full-time students that includes full tuition remission as well as an annual stipend or salary during the entire program, which for Master’s degrees is usually 1-2 years. Funding usually comes with the expectation that students will teach or complete research in their field of study. Not all universities fully fund their master’s students, which is why researching the financial aid offerings of many different programs, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad, is essential.
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Universities offer to fund Master’s in Architecture
Ball State University
(Muncie, IN): The Department of Architecture provides Graduate Assistantships, and each GAs receives stipends and tuition waivers. If students mention their interest in assistantship in their admission letter they are automatically considered, no additional application is required. Opportunities are teaching assistantship, research assistantship, and administrative assistantship.
(Ottawa, Canada): Carleton offers generous funding packages to its graduate students. Students are automatically considered for funding and if they are eligible, and will be notified in their Offer of Admission and Funding. Admission funding may take the form of one or more Domestic Entrance Scholarships, Teaching Assistantships (TA), Research Assistantships (RA), Merit Scholarships, and Donor-Funded Awards.
University of Florida
(Gainesville, FL): There are opportunities for qualified graduate students to assist faculty with teaching and research on the main campus as well as at our CityLab locations. GTA’s, GRA’s, and Fellowships include a stipend plus a tuition waiver of up to 9 credit hours per semester. Over one-third of Main Campus graduate students are offered graduate teaching or graduate research assistantships.
Illinois Institute of Technology
(Chicago, IL): Graduate students in the College of Architecture are eligible for scholarships, teaching assistantships, and internships. For master’s students entering IIT’s College of Architecture, an initiative will provide substantial scholarships to a majority of students. These scholarships will be worth up to $15,000 per year. For teaching assistantship, students may receive award amounts ranging from $2,500 (10 hours/ week) to $3,600 (15 hours/week) per semester.
University of Michigan
(Ann Arbor, MI): Incoming students are eligible for Taubman College merit-based scholarship awards. Scholarships can range from $5,000 to full tuition. One-third to one-half of Architecture students have a scholarship. Students may also be eligible for Taubman College need-based Architecture Graduate Grants. A GSI position is competitive but it would cover 100% of tuition, and provide a small stipend.
Roger Williams University
(Providence, RI): All accepted Master of Architecture students who completed their undergraduate degree with a 3.0 GPA will receive a $6,000 merit scholarship, renewable annually while maintaining a 3.0 GPA in graduate coursework. In addition, each full-time graduate student will be awarded a $3,000 assistantship through the Career Investment Program. Master of Architecture students are also eligible for several endowed scholarships.
Virginia Tech, School of Architecture + Design
(Blacksburg, VA): All applicants for admission to graduate programs in Architecture are considered for assistantships and tuition remission scholarships when their applications for admission are reviewed. In addition to receiving a stipend for assistantship duties, graduate assistants will normally receive a partial tuition remission scholarship equal to a prorated portion of their in-state tuition.
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