This program is directed to individuals who wish to become leaders in sustainable architecture and ecological design, with a focus on the integration of ecological science, energy systems, and global urbanization patterns with architecture and urbanism. Capitalizing on the breadth and depth of expertise at the School of the Environment in ecosystem ecology, land change science, environmental economics, industrial ecology, and ecological anthropology, this program fosters students who can innovatively merge ecological science with architecture at the site, city, and regional scales.
Students earn the Master of Environmental Management
(MEM) at the School of the Environment, and one of two degrees at the School of Architecture – Master of Architecture I
or Master of Architecture II
. MArch I is a program designed for students with undergraduate liberal arts degrees who seek their first architecture degree; the program is certified by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, which identifies programs that fulfill requirements for state licensure in the United States. MArch II is designed for professional architects.
Pursuing a joint program reduces the term of study by one year. The MEM/MArch I program requires four years instead of five. The MEM/MArch II requires three years instead of four.
Course of Study
Each environment degree program requires a completion of 36 credits as well as a summer internship and a thesis or a capstone project. In addition, all joint-degree students are required to attend three weeks of technical skills training before beginning their studies at YSE. These are hands-on workshops, offered every August, that teach plant identification, ecosystems management, land measurement, and urban ecosystem analysis. Please see Degree Programs
at YSE for more information.
At the School of Architecture
, MArch I is composed of core courses and electives, three summer courses, and a first year building project. Students must complete five terms of design studio plus a final advanced design studio, with the first four terms taken sequentially. MArch II students take three terms of design studio plus a final advanced design studio, with the first two terms taken consecutively. Please see Academic Programs
at the School of Architecture for more information.
Each school individually admits students in accordance with its own criteria. Prospective students may apply to the program prior to matriculation by submitting a separate application to each school during a single admissions cycle. For more information on admission, please visit YSE Masters Admissions
and the School of Architecture Admissions
Students pay tuition for three semesters at YSE, and three semesters at the School of Architecture for MArch II and five semesters for MArch I. For more information on applying for financial aid at YSE, please see the YSE financial aid website
. For information on financial aid at Architecture, please see the School of Architecture financial aid website
. Students must apply for financial aid at each school, and any aid awarded will apply to the semesters in which a student is enrolled at that particular school.