Architecture (Master)

Brief overview

DegreeMaster of Arts (M.A.)
DepartmentMünster School of Architecture
Special type of studyfull-time
IntakeWinter semester
Standard period of study4 semesters
Language of InstructionGerman
Semester fee

Requirements and enrollment

Admissions restrictions No local entrance restrictions
Pre-study placementNo
Additional entrance requirements

First professional degree:
The requirement for entry to the programme is a degree in architecture (or a programme with an equivalent qualification) with an overall grade of ‘good’ (ECTS grade C) or better. Proof of first university degree by 15 November.


Language requirements:
Applicants who did not acquire their study qualification at a German-speaking institution must demonstrate that they have knowledge of German at level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), for example by proving that they have passed the TestDaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache) with an average score of ‘4’, or must furnish equivalent proof.

You must be able to demonstrate that you have completed at least 12 weeks of relevant work experience.

Aptitude test:
You must pass a test to determine that you have the aptitude for this degree programme. The entrance exam involves an oral exam during which you will document your achievements from the Bachelor programme on the basis of a portfolio. Please apply to Münster School of Architecture by 15 April.

Term of application terminates 15.04.2024.
EnrolmentThe closing date for applications to take the aptitude test is 15 April. Only those who pass the aptitude test can enrol at Münster University of Applied Sciences; this must be done online by 15 September.

Detailed description of the degree programme

As an architect, you will have a wide range of specialist knowledge: in addition to technical/construction requirements, project planning must also take into account economic, social and cultural demands. At the same time, it is important to stand out from the crowd to hold your own in the market. Our Master’s programme in Architecture unites these two requirements in a carefully designed programme, offering creative freedom and hands-on work. In this way, you can develop your own style, while creating the basis for professional success thanks to your comprehensive qualification.


In the Master’s programme, you will practise the complex process of architecture – from design to construction. In addition to developing the technical/construction skills needed to achieve this, you will also learn how to plan construction projects within their social and cultural boundary conditions, to create them cost-efficiently, and to manage their life cycle.

Occupational fields

As a graduate of our Master’s programme, you will officially be permitted to use the title of ‘Architect’ – according to the UNESCO/UIA standards for this licensed profession. This internationally recognised qualification will enable you to become a self-employed architect. It will also qualify you to enter the senior civil service and to pursue doctoral studies.

Content and course sequence

The Master’s programme will prepare you optimally for work as an architect. Over four semesters, you will practise using all of the necessary tools and instruments. You will have the opportunity to choose specialisations from our wide range of courses – at outstanding universities across Europe, such as in Barcelona, Delft, Cracow, Prague and Venice.

In the Master’s programme, your point of reference will always be the draft. As early as in the first academic year, you will practise different methods. In the Short Draft module, for example, you will try out the rapid method: this involves devising a concept within a short space of time, clarifying your ideas. At the same time, you will build the foundation for your creative design work in specialist modules such as Urban Design, Management, Theory and History, or Structural Design. Our wide range of optional modules, such as CAD, Interior Design, and Historic Preservation, will provide scope for individual specialisation.

You will apply your expertise in the fourth semester, concluding your programme with a Master’s thesis.

Why choose us

  • A creative environment

MSA | Münster School of Architecture is located on the Leonardo Campus, a stone’s throw from the Academy of Fine Arts and Münster School of Design. Here our studios, workshops, a modern photo studio and a specialist library will help you to visualise and bring your ideas and drafts to life.

  • An international outlook

Architecture knows no national boundaries. For this reason, we will teach you knowledge from different angles, regularly involving international visiting professors in our teaching. In this way, you will come across the methods of various architectural philosophies, enabling you to develop a personal relationship with architecture.

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