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Architectural Technology, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology (B.S.A.T.) is a non-professional degree offering that permits the successful student to gain a license to practice architecture in the state of New York but does not make the degree holder eligible for NCARB certification. Should the successful B.S.A.T. graduate later seek to gain a first professional degree in architecture, they could pursue a first professional B.Arch. or a first professional M.Arch.

Design fundamentals and first-year design studios introduce the student to the basic principles of 3-D design through a series of composition, planning, and introductory design problems. In the second year, progressively more demanding challenges, in addition to significant building design analysis exercises, are undertaken. In the third year, students are required to solve architectural problems involving small but increasingly more complex building programs, and urban and community building design programs requiring inventive structural systems are emphasized.

In the fourth and final year of the B.S.A.T. curriculum, students are required to complete a capstone project, where all aspects of a building design and architectural technology are fully explored and integrated into one comprehensive exercise.

Those students who choose to undertake the B.S.A.T. program may wish to consider the opportunity to concentrate their studies in construction management. Upper-level courses in areas such as contract management, construction supervision, and real estate fundamentals make up the offerings of the B.S.A.T. with a concentration in construction management.

The School of Architecture and Design additionally offers an accelerated path to the M.Arch. Track II professional degree for undergraduate students wishing to begin their graduate studies during the final two years of their Bachelor of Science degrees, thereby reducing the course load in the M.Arch. program.

Although design studios form the core of the experience at the School of Architecture and Design, complementary avenues of study and inquiry operate as essential aspects of the program and the training of students. Courses in architectural history introduce students to the history of the built domain from the earliest times to the present; methods of historical building design analysis and interpretation are introduced to students through the study of great architectural monuments and cities; and architectural history is introduced not only as a chronology of building development but also as a body of knowledge, an anthology that serves as a tool in the design process. In addition to survey courses, the school offers history seminars in areas such as architectural theory, building technology, and urban planning. A coordinated sequence of drawing and computer courses provides students with the skills to visualize and document design ideas through advanced media and tools for digital visualization and rendering.

The School of Architecture and Design is widely respected by the professional community for its course offerings in the areas of building technology. Technical competence is cultivated by exposure to an array of course offerings that cover all aspects of building materials, structural systems, and mechanical and electrical systems. The management of the construction process is covered by comprehensive upper-level courses that focus on the procedures of professional practice and construction supervision as well as contemporary use of computers in the construction industry. The technology faculty, as active members of the construction community, bring real-world experience to coursework and maintain an up-to-date bridge between the curriculum and changes in professional practice.

Two degrees in the area of Architectural Technology are offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology, Concentration in Construction Management

Additional Information

All work completed in fulfillment of course requirements or in conjunction with a student's coursework shall be the property of the School of Architecture and Design. The school may waive this right at its discretion. Students reserve the right to gain access to materials for the purpose of making copies and reproductions.

The School of Architecture and Design exercises a policy of student redistribution in design studio sections that meet at the same scheduled time period in order to promote diversity and collaboration in the learning experience. Redistribution is based on the student's prior experience with design faculty members and their previous academic performance.

International F-1 students who successfully complete this degree are eligible for an additional 24-month STEM OPT extension to work in the U.S. in an area directly related to their area of study immediately upon completing the customary 12-month post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Summer Study Abroad

The School of Architecture and Design has a variety of summer study abroad programs, and also offers studio trips, design workshops, collaborative programs, and exchanges with other institutions. These programs are offered under the direction of one or more full-time faculty members. The school offers one to three of these diverse study abroad programs each summer depending upon student interest and faculty availability. Thus far, New York Institute of Technology has offered programs in Japan, China, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, the Netherlands, Israel, Finland, and India. These programs put students and faculty in contact with international students and architects while immersed in another culture, enabling them to understand firsthand the range, diversity, and power of living architecture as individual buildings or as entire cities and spaces. Summer study abroad course credits can be applied to a student's specific curriculum and field of study. The summer programs are open to students enrolled in any degree program offered by the School of Architecture and Design.

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This program has specific admission requirements in addition to our general requirements.

Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Copies of transcripts of all high school work, including college-level courses. Your midyear and final grades will be required. All final, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of your first semester.
  • Official SAT (critical reading and math only) or ACT test scores. You have the option of submitting results from the previous or redesigned SAT. If you have fewer than 24 credits of previous college work completed, you will need to submit official SAT or ACT scores.
    • SAT Code: 2561, ACT Code: 2832
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • 300–350 word essay on one of the following topics:
    • Tell us about your career goals and why attending New York Tech would further these goals
    • Describe the achievement of which you are most proud and why

International Students Special Requirements

First-Year Requirements

  • Recommended minimum combined SAT score of 1080 (critical reading and math only) or ACT composite score of 21
  • Three years of math
  • A portfolio is not required as part of the admissions process

Transfer Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for coursework completed at other institutions or at New York Tech.
  • A portfolio is required in order to receive transfer credit for design work. You will receive instructions on how to submit your portfolio when you receive your credit evaluation.

Admission into the B.Arch. Program from the B.S.A.T. program

If you are a B.S.A.T. student, you can apply for acceptance into the B.Arch. program, which has the following requirements:

  • Submit for review your foundation portfolio of exemplary work from the B.S.A.T. program, if applicable, or previous creative design work. This is a representative portfolio of your individual design and creative work, which will be reviewed by a committee of faculty members. If your portfolio is accepted by the committee, you may apply for admission to the B.Arch. program.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all courses taken at New York Institute of Technology, or cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in all architecture courses.

Accelerated Path B.S.A.T. and B.S.A.T./C.M. (Construction Management) to M.Arch. Track II

NYIT School of Architecture and Design also offers an accelerated path to the M.Arch. professional degree for undergraduate students who have a consistent record of academic excellence, and wish to begin their graduate studies during the final two years of their Bachelor of Science degrees, thereby reducing the course load in the M.Arch. Track II (60 credit hours, 2 years).

Students who have met with the B.S.A.T. department chair and M.Arch. director and meet the qualification requirements may apply for this program. The accelerated path permits admitted students to enroll for up to 12 credit hours of advanced graduate-level coursework in select courses as an alternative for designated undergraduate courses (see below).

B.S.A.T. to M.Arch. Track II Accelerated Path Qualification Requirements

  • You must be in your junior or senior year of the B.S.A.T. or B.S.A.T./C.M. programs and have a cumulative 3.0 GPA.
  • Students accepted to the Accelerated Path B.S.A.T. or B.S.A.T./C.M. to the M.Arch. (Track II) are eligible to take up to 12 graduate level credit hours as an undergraduate student. These credit hours may be applied both to their undergraduate and master's degree requirements within the School of Architecture and Design, to reduce completion time.

B.S.A.T. to M.Arch. Track II Accelerated Path Required Courses and Credit Hours

Please note that all graduate-level courses taken as part of an undergraduate degree require permissions from both the undergraduate chair and the graduate director.

Undergraduate-level Requirement Graduate-level Substitution Credit Hours
ARCH 272 or ARCH 372 Environmental Site Planning Take ARCH 772 Site Planning 3
ARCH 327 CAD Construction Drawings Take ARCH 727 Construction Documents 3
ARCH 413 Architectural Simulation and Fabrication Optimization or Liberal Arts elective Take Designated ARCH Elective, 600-level or above 3
ARCH 481 Professional Practice I Take ARCH 880 Practice Models and Strategies 3


  • First-Year Priority Deadline: February 15.
  • Regular Admission: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling admission basis, as long as space is available.
  • International Student Deadlines: December 1 for the spring semester and July 1 for the fall semester.