Master of Architecture [M.Arch.] - Course Overview




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Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

M.Arch. is a 2- year postgraduate course divided into 4 semesters. The minimum eligibility for pursuing this course is a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture with a minimum aggregate score of 50%, completed from a recognized institution.

Top Institutes offering M.Arch. Course are:

The average tuition fee charged for the course in India varies between INR 50,000 and 2 Lacs, depending upon the institute offering the course.

The course prepares enrolled students in the basics of planning and its applications in daily life. The course explores on an advanced level, the goals of sustained development, planning, and urban and rural physical and social dimensions.

Successful postgraduates of the course are hired in capacities such as Town Planner, Draughtsman etc. The average annual salary offered to such postgraduates in India varies between INR 3 and 10 Lacs.

M.Arch.: Course Highlights

Name of the courseMaster of Architecture
Course LevelPost graduation
Duration2 years (4 semesters)
Examination TypeSemester System
EligibilityGraduation in Architecture (B.Arch.)
Admission ProcessBased on merit at the graduation level, entrance tests and interviews in case of some institutes
Average Course FeeINR 50 K to 2 Lacs
Average Starting SalaryINR 3 Lacs to 10 Lacs
Top Recruiting Companies
  • DLF
  • L&T
  • Sahara Group
  • Eros Group

M.Arch.: What is it About?

Architecture is a discipline or art of designing and constructing buildings. The course essentially involves concepts of planning, architecture, and design fundamentals. It incorporates elements of both rural and urban infrastructure, imparted through a professionally oriented curriculum.

The Council of Architecture (COA) serves as a regulating body concerned with education and practice of this profession. Master of Architecture or M.Arch. course is not just limited to buildings but is also involved with designing or construction of Parks, Museums, Garden, Theme Parks, etc.

There are various specializations under this domain of study, such as Landscape Architecture, Green Architecture, Naval Architecture amongst many others.

M.Arch.: Top Institutes 

Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each:

College NameLocationAverage Annual Fees
School of Planning and ArchitectureNew Delhi55,000
Indian Institute of TechnologyRoorkee50,000
Sir Jj College of ArchitectureMumbai10,000
National Institute of Technology - [NIT]Thiruchirapalli2 Lacs
Jadavpur UniversityKolkata5,000
CEPT UniversityAhmedabad3.33 Lacs
IIT, RoorkeeRoorkee22.9 k
Jamia Millia Islamia University, New DelhiDelhi40.3 k
Manipal UniversityManipal1.36 Lacs
Anna UniversityChennai42.9 k

M.Arch.: Eligibility 

Candidates aspiring for admission to the course need to have completed graduation in Architecture from a recognized university with a minimum aggregate score of 50%.

M.Arch.: Admission Process

Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance examination, such as GATE, CEED, TANCET etc. some such exams are listed here with their details.

  • GATE- Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is conducted jointly by IITs and the Indian Institute of Science. The minimum eligibility to take the test is graduation.
  • CEED- Common Entrance Examination for Design is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and IITs. The minimum eligibility to take the test is graduation in design, fine arts, or engineering from a recognized institution. The syllabus of the exam comprises questions related to design and general awareness, visual design, sketching, observation, design thinking ability, visual communication design etc. Interview is the last stage.

Also, there are some colleges and universities that conduct their own entrance tests for admission to the course, while some offer direct admission too.

M.Arch.: Syllabus and Course Description

A semester- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is given here.

Semester I

Semester II

Contemporary Processes in Architectural Design I

Contemporary Processes in Architectural Design II

Urban Conservation and Practice

Performance Evaluation of Buildings

Traditional and Contemporary Landscapes

Services in High Rise Buildings

Sustainable and Green Building Design

Urban Landscape Design

Urban Design Studio

Web Design and Portfolio Production

Landscape Ecology and Planning

Advanced Architectural Design Studio I

Semester III

Semester IV

Emerging Practices in Housing

Building Information Modelling

Research Methodologies in Architecture


Architecture and Critical Theory

Building Management and Control Systems


Appropriate Technologies and Sustainable Construction

Advanced Architectural Design Studio II

GIS Modelling in Urban Planning

Sustainability and Energy Conservation in Landscape Architecture

Material Conservation

M.Arch.: Who Should opt?

Aspiring candidates capable of planning and visualizing a design on paper and drawing it with pencils to give it a form are ideally suited for the course. The course requires aptitude in architecture and designing subjects, which is why ideal candidates would be interested in and capable of executing planning of urban and rural infrastructure.

M.Arch.: Career Prospects

Successful postgraduates of the course are hired in capacities such as Architectural Consultant, in organizations such as DLF, L&T, Sahara Group, Eros Group etc.

Such postgraduates find lucrative career opportunities in areas such as:

  • Central and State Public Work Departments
  • Urban Development Corporations
  • State Housing Boards
  • Town and Country Planning Organization
  • Department of Railways
  • National Institutes of Urban Affairs and Housing
  • National Building Organization
  • City Development Authorities

Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

annual salary in Master of Architecture
Job ProfileDescriptionAverage Annual CTC in INR
Design ArchitectAn Architectural Designer is involved in the design of buildings or urban landscapes.2.5-10 Lacs
Project ArchitectA Project Architect is responsible for overseeing the architectural aspects of the development of the design and production of construction documents and specifications.3-9 Lacs
Landscape ArchitectA Landscape Architect is an expert in design of outdoor public areas, landmarks, and structures2-7 Lacs
Project ManagerA Project Manager has the overall responsibility of the successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of a project.2-8 Lacs
Assistant ProfessorAn Assistant Professor teaches in architecture colleges to undergraduate students.2.5-9 Lacs



1 Comment
Arati Sapkal

Sir I am last year BE (Civil Engg ) Student can I eligible for M Arch

15 Nov, 2019 19:32
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Arati, yes, you are eligible to apply for admission in this course. However, you must be able to produce the marks sheet of your graduation degree by the time of document verification.

16 Nov, 2019 12:19

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