MA in Historical and Sustainable Architecture - Frequently Asked Questions
What are the application requirements?
Applications must be submitted online through the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) web portal. Applications must include;
- An official college transcript
- A statement of purpose or personal statement
- A writing sample
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Applicants who do not meet certain exemption conditions must also provide IELTS exam scores. For more information, please see our Language Test Requirements FAQs
What is the application deadline?
Application deadline is March 1 of each year. We accept applications after that date if space permits. Applications are accepted for Fall enrollment only.
Where will classes be held?
All classes will be held at the NYU-London Academic Centre, 6 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3RA.
What are the courses?
The programme is designed as a single curriculum of required courses. Please see our course descriptions. Students will also receive supplementary enrichment lectures on topics including British architectural history; American preservation law; and energy assessment metrics, among others.
What are the academic and research resources at the program?
Students will have access to extensive library facilities in London, including the excellent collections at the Architectural Association (A.A.), just across Bedford Square.Specialized holdings will be available at the Royal Institute of British Architects (R.I.B.A.) library, one of the most comprehensive collections of architectural material in the world, and students may join the British Library. Many professors will be taking students to work in additional libraries, including the Guildhall Library and the Royal Academy of Arts Library. Students will also have electronic access to many NYU collections, databases, and electronic resources through the Bobst Library system. The NYUL campus has two computer labs, a scanner, and offers students a generous free printing allowance.
When does the program start and end?
The program follows the American academic calendar. Orientation and classes begin on the American Labour Day (the first Monday in September) and courses end in mid-May.
What is the cost of tuition and fees?
The Graduate school of Arts and Science charges tuition and fees on per credit basis. The programe consists of 32 credits, and the current credit rate can be found here. We are able to offer most accepted candidates a 30% fellowship toward the cost of tuition and fees. Under the arrangement, the cost for our programme in 2021-22 is approximately $49,500, discounted from the full price of nearly $69,500.
The Graduate School of Arts and Science provides matching awards for some grants and fellowships through the Tuition Incentive Program (TIP). This program encourages students to apply for external assistance and provides Graduate School tuition support to award recipients.
What are the student facilities?
NYU-London is housed in a beautiful historic property fully equipped with classrooms, computer labs, faculty offices, meeting rooms, social spaces, and a student kitchen. Please see our page on Campus Facilities for more information.In addition to what is offered in the NYU-London campus, students will receive a University of London Union (ULU) student card, allowing them to join the ULU health club and swimming pool at a discounted rate, to access the student bar, and to join student clubs and societies. NYU-London also has a partnership with the University College Union (UCLU), where students can join an even wider variety of student groups, some of which are specifically intended for graduate students. Private gym facilities are also available at reasonable rates in the vicinity of the Bedford Square campus.
Where will students live?
Most students find their own housing in private or shared accommodations.We will send a list of housing resources and recommendations to accepted candidates upon admission.NYU can recommend academic housing providers offering shared and private accommodation in the Bedford Square area.
What type of transportation is available?
London is connected by a very extensive public transportation network comprising underground trains (the tube), buses, and overland trains. During orientation week, students will receive an Oyster card, to which they can add money, and use to access all forms of transportation in the Transport for London (TFL) network. Students may also purchase a student Oyster card from TFL which offers discounts on travel cards
What are the requirements for medical insurance?
The Graduate School of Arts and Science requires all students to provide proof of medical insurance coverage or to purchase the minimum plan offered through the university. In addition to this domestic insurance, Britain's National Health Service (NHS) will cover students for the duration of the MA course. Upon arrival, students can register at the NHS Gower Street Practice near the NYU London campus.
Can I work while studying in the programme?
Students enter the UK on a General Student visa, which usually permits them to work or to hold an internship up to 20 hours in term time and up to 40 hours outside term time (including any remote work). However, this is subject to a decision by your local consulate. We will send further information about visa and immigration requirements to accepted students.
What are the travel and visa requirements?
Applicants will receive information about travel and visa requirements upon acceptance to the programme
What kinds of careers will this degree prepare me to pursue?
Graduates of the the M.A. in Historical and Sustainable Architecture find a wide variety of opportunities to work in the field of historic preservation and adaptive reuse. Our alumni are working today in government offices and agencies; at firms specializing in design, planning, development, and construction; in real estate development companies; and with cultural institutions, historic sites, and non-profit advocacy groups. Some have also gone on to study at advanced graduate programs in architecture, city planning, law, and history, at major universities in the U.S. and the U.K.