Wentworth Becomes Master's Degree Granting Institution

Nov 13, 2009, 07:00 ET from Wentworth Institute of Technology

Launches Master of Architecture to Provide Increased Opportunities for Students

BOSTON, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wentworth Institute of Technology today announced a key milestone in its 105-year history as the school has transitioned into a master's degree granting institution. Building on a proven reputation for providing high quality baccalaureate programs in design, engineering, technology, and management, the Institute will now offer a Master of Architecture (MArch) degree, which has been fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (MBHE) and by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Creating and being approved for offering master's level programs reflects carefully managed growth and a logical, natural progression for providing students advanced educational opportunities to study at the graduate level.

"It's truly an exciting day for Wentworth as we move to the next level of excellence in our history," said President Zorica Pantic. "We look forward to continuing to collaborate with industry to ensure we most effectively prepare highly skilled professionals to meet workforce demands."

The MArch program and curriculum were designed through the close collaboration with industry leaders to ensure it meets both student and industry needs and reflects Wentworth's experiential education model. Students will benefit from a quicker path to licensure, a greater focus on research skills for sophisticated problem solving, and more in-depth knowledge and training from top-tier faculty educated at the world's most prestigious architecture and design institutions.

The architecture program at Wentworth is structured as a ten semester, four-year pre-professional degree (Bachelor of Science in Architecture) followed by a two semester, one-year professional degree (MArch), for continuing students. The one-year graduate-level program provides the basis for awarding the MArch degree and represents an accelerated path for students to earn an advanced degree. Portfolios of applicants with a four-year degree in architecture from another university are carefully reviewed, and a two year residency is expected.

"Five years is the quickest path to licensure - it cannot be achieved any sooner," said Glenn Wiggins, department head for the Department of Architecture. "Currently, 84 students are enrolled in our MArch program, representing recent Wentworth undergraduates who are now pursuing a master's degree. These students will be the next leaders in the architecture field and will fuel the economy with skilled professionals."

While the MArch is a professional program, classes have been added to address the research component of the curriculum, and students are required to complete a thesis project. Also, advanced classes, lectures, and studios are integrated into the curriculum to ensure students are best prepared to enter into a rewarding career in architecture.

The Department of Architecture currently holds a full six-year term of accreditation for its Master of Architecture degree program from the NAAB. More information regarding Wentworth's MArch program can be accessed at www.wit.edu/arch.

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Founded in 1904, Wentworth Institute of Technology is an independent, co-educational, nationally ranked institution offering career-focused education through 14 bachelor's degree programs in areas such as architecture, computer science and systems, construction management, design, engineering, engineering technology, environmental science, and management. The Institute also offers a Master of Architecture degree. Wentworth is a leader in technical education and well-known for its academic excellence and cooperative education (co-op) program, community service, and support for the economic growth of the region. For more information, please visit www.wit.edu.

SOURCE Wentworth Institute of Technology