Graduate Architecture

Master of Architecture Professional Degree


Accreditation Information

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 will typically 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 are typically (with some exceptions) 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.

Although rare, it is possible for some students with a four-year pre-professional degree in architecture to be offered the option to be admitted to the program with one year of advanced standing, depending also on the quality of their portfolios and other elements of their applications. 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.

Course Sequence:

  • Summer Year 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

 
YEAR 1  
 
Fall ARCH 5010 (501) Design Studio I 2
ARCH 5110 (511) History and Theory I 1
ARCH 5210 (521) Visual Studies I 0.5
ARCH 5310 (531) Construction I 0.5
ARCH 5350 (535) Structures I 0.5
  ARCH 5990 (599) 500 Technology Lab 0
 
Spring ARCH 5020 (502) Design Studio II 2
ARCH 5120 (512) History and Theory II 1
ARCH 5220 (522) Visual Studies II 0.5
ARCH 5320 (532) Construction II 1
ARCH 5360 (536) Structures II 0.5
  ARCH 5990 (599) 500 Technology Lab 0
 
YEAR 2  
 
Fall ARCH 6010 (610) Design Studio III 2
ARCH 6110 (611) History and Theory III 1
ARCH 6210 (621) Visual Studies III 0.5
ARCH 6310 (631) Technology Case Studies 0.5
ARCH 6330 (633) Environmental Systems I 0.5
  ARCH 6990 (699) 600 Technology Lab 0
 
Spring ARCH 6020 (622) Design Studio IV 2
ARCH 6340 (634) Environmental Systems II 0.5
ARCH 6360 (636) Material Formations 1
ARCH 6710 (671) Professional Practice I 0.5
  ARCH 6990 (699) 600 Technology Lab 0
  Elective I   1
 
YEAR 3   
 
Fall ARCH 7010 (701) Design Studio V 2
ARCH 7710 (771) Professional Practice II 1
Elective II   1
Elective III   1
 
Spring ARCH 7040 (704) Advanced Design: Research Studio 2
Arch 7320/7360 (732/736) Technology Designated Elective  1
Elective IV   1
Elective V   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.

 

Director
Andrew Saunders