Boston Architectural College

320 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115-2703

School Details

Boston Architectural College offers distance learning master’s degrees for professional adults that desire to pursue studies in the fields of architecture and design.


Both distance education degree programs are accredited at BAC. The Master of Design program allows students to choose from concentrations in Design for Human Health, Historic Preservation; and Sustainable Design, and is approved by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). The Master of Architecture is accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB). Students engage in asynchronous learning content integrated with professional experiences within the place of employment. While the large majority of coursework is delivered electronically, students are required to participate in intensive 8-day residencies at the Newbury Street campus.

In addition to the master’s programs, the Sustainable Design Institute of BAC supports an eLearning Sustainable Design Certificate through the completion of graduate-level, eight-week sessions. For students interested in taking a single course, BAC supports online continuing education credits. These virtual environments also feature asynchronous schedules for working professionals, and courses retain interactive and instructor-led formats. Class sizes are kept to a minimum, with fewer than twenty students.


Boston Architectural College is a four-year, private not-for-profit institution of higher education, located in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. BAC was founded in 1889, as a club for architects. In 2006, the school was renamed Boston Architectural College to better reflect its professional degree offerings. The location of the campus in Boston’s Back Bay area is a bonus, in that it is close to design firms, museums, galleries, and cultural institutions. 

The college awards bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture, design, and landscape along with postgraduate certificates, and continuing education. Degree programs are housed within the following schools:

  • School of Architecture
  • School of Interior Architecture
  • School of Landscape Architecture
  • School of Design Studies

The Sustainable Design Institute and the Summer Academy: High School Design Exploration provide added learning options, including continuing education and introductory summer programs. The college maintains an open admissions policy with a rolling admissions deadline.


The priority deadline for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Boston Architectural College is April 15. The school’s code is: 003966. Types of federal financial aid include:  Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loan, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Federal Work Study. Massachusetts state aid for qualifying students includes, but is not limited to: MassGrants, Part-time MassGrants, Massachusetts Gilbert Grants. Institutional scholarships are awarded based on merit and academic achievement. BAC is also approved to award veteran’s benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Program, to eligible veterans and military personnel. 


The Boston Architectural College is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education; and approved by the Board of Higher Education, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

Individual programs also retain specific accreditation through agencies, of which include: the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB); the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA); the National Council for Preservation Education; and the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB).





School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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  • Percent Admitted:
    Open Admissions
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