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Masters of Architecture

The Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) prepares our students to assume responsible roles in the profession of architecture. The majority of recent graduates have chosen to enter architectural practice, undertaking the rich professional challenges it offers. Students in the M.Arch. program have the opportunity to develop depth in areas of professional interest through elective seminars and an optional self-directed final project. While acknowledging the primacy of the practice orientation, the Master of Architecture program also prepares students for alternative careers in architecture. In addition to their degree, students in the M.Arch. program can earn one or more the following credentials: Certificate in Energy + Technology in ArchitectureCertificate in City DesignCertificate in Public Interest Design, and Concentration is History + Theory of Architecture. Within the profession, the M.Arch. degree is considered as the terminal degree.

The next accreditation visit for all programs is in 2026.

The School of Architecture offers two M.Arch. tracks of study depending on the student’s prior degree.

Track 1 – Master of Architecture for students with an undergraduate architecture degree

For students with a four-year undergraduate preprofessional degree in architecture (BEDA degree or equivalent) that is part of a NAAB-accredited professional program. This is a 48-credit hour program that is generally completed in two years of full-time study. It is a NAAB-accredited program.

Track 3 – Master of Architecture for students without an undergraduate architecture degree

This track is for students who hold undergraduate degrees in subjects other than architecture. Students in this program come from diverse educational backgrounds and are not required to have any experience in architecture prior to enrolling. The program typically takes seven semesters to complete. In the first few semesters, the 96-credit hour curriculum introduces students to architectural design fundamentals in project-based studios and in core subject-matter courses in history, theory, building technology, representation, and site planning. In later semesters, students focus on topics of personal interest through elective seminars and design studios. It is a NAAB-accredited program.