The Department of Architecture offers the Master of Architecture degree and the Master of Arts in Architecture degree. Whether you are a high school graduate, possess a 2- or 4-year college degree, or have a professional degree in architecture, our architecture program offers customizable tracks that range from 1 year to 6 years.
The Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree program is a professional degree and provides the student with a solid base of knowledge in the discipline of architecture. The program is committed to educating students to form independent design judgments grounded in the broader contexts of intellectual inquiry. The course of study covers the comprehensive knowledge and professional skills required for a professional career in the discipline of architecture. The intensive course of study is organized into five thematic areas; design, history/theory, building technology, digital technology, and professional practice. The course of study is comprehensive and rigorous, preparing graduates to be creative leaders, and skilled innovators in all aspects of the profession. The Master of Architecture degree is accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB).
The Master of Architecture degree has three paths/tracks which serve applicants with varying educational backgrounds ranging from recent high school graduates to those already possessing a baccalaureate degree:
Applicants who have recently graduated from high school begin with admission at the freshman year. These pre-graduate students are admitted into the foundational curriculum of the undergraduate M.Arch degree program. Pre-graduate students progress through the foundational design course work and general education studies (73 credit hours) and those students who successfully complete the pre-graduate foundation seamlessly matriculate into graduate coursework and receive the Master of Architecture degree at the conclusion of an 102 additional credit hours. No baccalaureate degree is awarded on this path. The course of study takes five or six years to complete, depending on the track that is selected. Applicants apply for admission to the Undergraduate M.Arch 5/Undergraduate M.Arch 6 path for Freshman.
Applicants who possess an AA degree in Architecture, may also apply for the Master of Architecture degree program. These students apply to the Undergraduate M.Arch 5/Undergraduate M.Arch 6 path and, if accepted, will transfer in at the third year and take 102 credit hours of graduate level course work. Then, they will receive the Master of Architecture degree. The course of study usually takes three to four years to complete, depending on the track that is selected. Applicants apply to the Undergraduate M.Arch 5/Undergraduate M.Arch 6 path with advanced standing.
Applicants who possess a baccalaureate degree in any discipline may also apply for the Master of Architecture degree program. These applicants apply for the M.Arch 3 graduate path consisting of 105 credit hours. The course of study usually takes three and a half years to complete. Applicants apply to the M.Arch 3 Track.
Applicants who possess a four year non-professional baccalaureate degree in architecture (the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture or the Bachelor of Science in Architecture) may also apply for the Master of Architecture degree program. These applicants apply for the M.Arch 2 graduate path consisting of 60 credit hours. The course of study usually takes two years to complete. Applicants apply to the M.Arch 2 Track.
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In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree. The Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
M. Arch. (high school degree + 175 credits)
M. Arch. (pre-professional degree + 60 credits)
M. Arch. (non-pre-professional degree + 105
Next accreditation visit: 2017.