The Cooper Union

Introduction

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, established in 1859, is among the nation's oldest and most distinguished institutions of higher learning. The organization, the legacy of Peter Cooper, occupies a special place in the cultural fabric of American life.

Founded by industrialist, inventor and philanthropist Peter Cooper, Cooper Union houses schools of art, architecture and engineering, as well as a world-class faculty of humanities and social sciences.

MISSION AND VISION

Through outstanding academic programs in architecture, art and engineering, and a Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art prepares talented students to make enlightened contributions to society.

The College admits undergraduates solely on merit and awards full scholarships to all enrolled students. The institution provides close contact with a distinguished, creative faculty and fosters rigorous, humanistic learning that is enhanced by the process of design and augmented by the urban setting. Founded in 1859 by Peter Cooper, industrialist and philanthropist, The Cooper Union offers public programs for the civic, cultural and practicable enrichment of New York City.

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Master of Architecture II

Campus Full time 3 semesters September 2017 USA New York

The Master of Architecture II post-professional degree program was launched in 2009 to extend the vision and intellectual rigor of the undergraduate program. [+]

Master of Architecture II THE MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE II PROGRAM WILL EXPAND TO TWO STUDIOS FOR THE 2013-2014 ACADEMIC YEAR. In addition to the existing curriculum of Advanced Design Studio work that culminates in a design-research Thesis project, the Criticism, History and Theory concentration will offer a intensive one-year immersion in the criticism, history and theory of architecture. Emphasis is placed on approaches to architectural analysis and history, the role and contemporary relevance of theory, and the relations between theory and design. Seminars will offer students preparation for careers in journalism, teaching, and eventual doctoral studies, with a broad understanding of the cultural conditions of architectural production and a concentration on excellence in writing. Analysis studios provide a deep insight into the formal and programmatic diversity of historical and contemporary architecture, the process of design, and potential avenues for new approaches towards theory and practice. A required emphasis in Urbanism or Technologies of Representation allows for deeper investigation into specific areas of historical or contemporary architectural theory. Faculty directly engaged with the Master of Architecture II program (in studios and seminars) include Diana Agrest, who directs the Design Studio and Thesis, Lydia Kallipoliti, David Turnbull, Anthony Vidler, Michael Young, Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, Tamar Zinguer, Guido Zuliani and others. Guest lecturers have included Lucia Allais, D. Graham Burnett, Kurt Forster, Ruben Gallo, Adam Maloof, Joan Ockman, Gyan Prakash and others. The Master of Architecture II post-professional degree program was launched in 2009 to extend the vision and intellectual rigor of the undergraduate program and allow a further development of the school’s preeminent position in the education of architects. It is open to applicants with a first professional degree in architecture (Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture I) from a program accredited by the NAAB or equivalent accrediting agency in another country. The program serves professionals who wish to continue in practice with higher research and design skills in those areas in which the program offers specialization. It additionally prepares those with first professional degrees who wish to develop parallel careers in teaching and/or continue to engage in research toward an appropriate Ph.D. degree at another institution. Applicants are required to complete a minimum of one year of work experience after obtaining their first professional degree before applying to the program.

The design studio serves as a major component of the program. Seminars address issues particular to the concentrations as well as other topics making use of the interdisciplinary resources offered by The Cooper Union. Concentrations in one or a combination of three areas are offered: theory, history and criticism of architecture, urban studies and technologies. Prospective students will declare their area(s) of concentration during the application process.
 Theory, History and Criticism of Architecture Considers questions concerning the theory and criticism of modernism and contemporary architecture, the philosophy and aesthetics of architecture, the mediatization of architecture and broader cultural and historical issues through the critical readings of texts, the development of critical projects and a written thesis. Urban Studies Addresses issues central to the design, planning and development of cities and regions, including study of the morphological, social and cultural effects of globalization; the survival of local urban cultures; redevelopment of central cities, suburbs and exurbs; and issues specific to NewYork and comparative cities. Technologies Focuses on technological issues of architectural design, representation, planning and production, such as the impact of new information technologies, new materials and manufacturing processes; hardware and software development; mapping and modeling techniques; and the technologies of fabrication as they influence new design strategies. This area focuses as well on the economic, ethical and technological dimensions and design potentialities of sustainability and developments in new structural systems, materials and building assemblies. Degree Requirements: Master of Architecture II All applicants to the Master of Architecture II program must have previously obtained a bachelor of architecture or a master of architecture first professional degree from a school accredited by the NAAB or equivalent accrediting agency in another country. The program is structured to be completed in two full-time consecutive semesters with a final thesis semester during the subsequent summer session. Final thesis presentations will take place during the first week of the fall semester following the student’s year of study. Graduate students are expected to complete all 30 credits of the M.Arch II degree requirements in full-time continuous resident study at The Cooper Union. Thesis In April of the spring semester prior to advancing to Arch 413 Thesis, each student will be required to present an elaboration of his or her thesis topic and program for review and acceptance by the faculty. Final thesis presentations will be made during the first week of fall semester following the student’s year of study. Seminars Out of Concentration It is recommended that students register for courses originating in the graduate program (Arch 482, Arch 483 and Arch 485) to satisfy their out-of-concentration seminar requirements. Graduate courses in the Albert Nerken School of Engineering as well as select upper level undergraduate elective courses could be made available to Master of Architecture II students with prior permission from the student’s academic adviser and the individual course instructor. Undergraduate courses may be used to satisfy requirements for out-of-concentration coursework only. Tuition Graduate Tuition The Cooper Union tuition charge for graduate students for 2013-2014 is $19,800 per semester. For 2013-2014, each registered graduate engineering student receives a full tuition scholarship. School of Architecture 2013-2014: The Master of Architecture II program is a three-semester program. All admitted students will be assessed tuition. Graduate fellowships will be available for accepted students of exceptional merit and/or need. School of Engineering 2014-2015: Students in the Master of Engineering program are charged $1,173 per credit; 30 credits total. Any admitted Cooper Union alumnus entering the graduate program in Fall 2014 is eligible for a half-tuition scholarship for two years of study. Merit-based scholarships will be available to a select group of highly accomplished applicants in every degree-granting department. The deadline to apply for Fall 2014 admission is April 1, 2014. [-]

Master of Engineering

Campus Full time September 2017 USA New York

Cooper Union offers a Master of Engineering program that integrates work at the undergraduate and graduate levels and prepares graduates for entry into the engineering profession. [+]

Master of Engineering Cooper Union offers a Master of Engineering program that integrates work at the undergraduate and graduate levels and prepares graduates for entry into the engineering profession at an advanced level or for further graduate study. Applying to The Cooper Union Applications to the Master of Engineering program for the 2014-2015 academic year will be accepted through April 1, 2014. Application Requirements: B.E. or B.S. in an engineering discipline; Official copies of school transcripts. This includes secondary (high school), college and university work; GRE Scores (optional); TOEFL Scores (if Bachelor’s Degree was taught in a language other than English); Two letters of recommendation. Résumé (see below for detailed information) In a separate document, please submit a résumé, listing any professional licensure or certification along with a statement indicating what areas within engineering you seek to study. Be sure to outline any relevant academic honors or awards, teaching or work experiences, internships, publications, research, projects, websites, patents, or other evidence of creative scholarship. Also, please list in the same document, any relevant graduate-level coursework taken and method of instruction (traditional, on-line, hybrid (mix of on-line and traditional)). Graduation Requirements A minimum of 30 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree must be completed at Cooper Union (in addition to possible undergraduate deficiencies). Of these, not more than 6 credits may be undergraduate-level courses. The 30 credits offered for the degree must satisfy the following distribution: The Major: 12 Credits minimum A coherent concentration of graduate-level courses in the chosen department, which must include courses required by the department The Minor: 12 Credits minimum A concentration in an interdisciplinary area of engineering other than the chosen major Thesis Project: 6 Credits Total Credits: 30 Credits Tuition Graduate Tuition The Cooper Union tuition charge for graduate students for 2013-2014 is $19,800 per semester. For 2013-2014, each registered graduate engineering student receives a full tuition scholarship. School of Architecture 2013-2014: The Master of Architecture II program is a three-semester program. All admitted students will be assessed tuition. Graduate fellowships will be available for accepted students of exceptional merit and/or need. School of Engineering 2014-2015: Students in the Master of Engineering program are charged $1,173 per credit; 30 credits total. Any admitted Cooper Union alumnus entering the graduate program in Fall 2014 is eligible for a half-tuition scholarship for two years of study. Merit-based scholarships will be available to a select group of highly accomplished applicants in every degree-granting department. The deadline to apply for Fall 2014 admission is April 1, 2014. [-]