Master of Architecture Professional Degree
Program requirements for students admitted for Fall 2017 and later
The Master of Architecture is a comprehensive and rigorous program, preparing graduates for the full range of activities in the profession. An intensive sequence in Design Studios constitutes the focus of the program. Thorough training is also provided in history, theory, technology, ecology, society, and professional practice. Studios and courses are supported by a rigorous program in visual studies that develops skills in digital and new media. At the upper levels of the program students establish individual trajectories by selecting from a range of elective studios and courses with leading figures in design, technology and theory. The final year culminates in advanced design studios that include research directed by leading designers as well as the option of an independent thesis. Summer programs abroad and studios based in other countries provide opportunities for international studies. The program aims to develop critical, creative and independent thinking that realizes potentials within an ever-changing world. The Master of Architecture degree is a professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
Students with an undergraduate degree in a subject other than architecture may be admitted to the program beginning in June. To earn the Master of Architecture, they must complete a total of 31 course units as follows: 14 course units in design studio, 6 in technology, 3 in history and theory, 1.5 in visual studies, and 1.5 in professional practice. In addition to required courses, students must take 5 electives.
Students with an undergraduate major in Architecture may be admitted to the three-year program. To earn the Master of Architecture, they must complete a total of 29 course units as follows: 12 course units in design studio, 6 in technology, 3 in history and theory, 1.5 in visual studies, and 1.5 in professional practice. In addition to required courses, students must take 5 electives.
Students with a four-year pre-professional degree in architecture may be admitted to the program with one year of advanced standing. To earn the Master of Architecture, they must complete a total of 19.5 course units as follows: 8 course units in design studio, 3.5 in technology, 1 in history and theory, .5 in visual studies, and 1.5 in professional practice. In addition to required courses, students must take 5 electives.
Students who hold a five-year professional Bachelor of Architecture degree or its equivalent are not eligible to apply to the Master of Architecture program. They are encouraged to look into one of our post-professional Master of Science in Design degree programs.
The Master of Architecture Program may be combined with certificate programs offered in the School of Design.
- Summer 1 - 2 course units*
- Fall Year 1 - 4.5 course units
- Spring Year 1 - 5 course units
- Fall Year 2 - 4.5 course units**
- Spring Year 2 - 5 course units
- Fall Year 3 - 5 course units
- Spring Year 3 - 5 course units
* students without an architecture background begin in the summer
**students who receive advanced standing enter in the Year 2
Master of Architecture Curriculum
|Fall||ARCH 501||Design Studio I||2|
|ARCH 511||History and Theory I||1|
|ARCH 521||Visual Studies I||0.5|
|ARCH 531||Construction I||0.5|
|ARCH 535||Structures I||0.5|
|Spring||ARCH 502||Design Studio II||2|
|ARCH 512||History and Theory II||1|
|ARCH 522||Visual Studies II||0.5|
|ARCH 532||Construction II||1|
|ARCH 536||Structures II||0.5|
|Fall||ARCH 601||Design Studio III||2|
|ARCH 611||History and Theory III||1|
|ARCH 631||Case Studies||0.5|
|ARCH 633||Environmental Systems I||0.5|
|ARCH 621||Visual Studies III||0.5|
|Spring||ARCH 602||Design Studio IV||2|
|ARCH 634||Environmental Systems II||0.5|
|ARCH 636||Material Formations||1|
|ARCH 671||Professional Practice I||0.5|
|Fall||ARCH 701||Design Studio V||2|
|ARCH 771||Professional Practice II||1|
|Spring||ARCH 704||Advanced Design Studio||2|
|Arch 732/736||Technology Designated Elective||1|
|Total Course Units:||29|
In 2017 the architecture faculty approved a revised curriculum for the Master of Architecture Professional Degree that improved the sequencing and scheduling of courses. The result was a change from 28 total course units to 29 total course units. Students who matriculated in 2016 or earlier will have completed their program with a total of 28 course units.