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Master of Architecture

There are two distinct entry points into our professionally accredited Master of Architecture degree program. Candidates holding a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than architecture pursue a 3 year Master of Architecture. Candidates with a pre-professional BS or BA in Architecture or Environmental Design pursue a 2 year Master of Architecture. Both of these programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and educate students to become registered, licensed architects. As most state registration boards in the United States require that any applicant for licensure hold a degree from a NAAB-accredited program, obtaining such a degree is essential to the professional practice of architecture in the United States.

Candidates holding an accredited 5-year B Arch or BS Arch or accredited M.Arch pursue the Master of Architecture in High Performance Building, a 1 year post-professional M.Arch. This program offers a concentrated course of study in high-performance building design structured primarily around elective and required coursework in building science and design computing. This program is not accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board. Candidates holding an accredited architecture degree, or a degree in an allied design discipline, who wish to pursue advanced study in design computing (both research and applications) or the history and theory of architecture, should apply to the Master of Science (MS) in Architecture degree program.

The concurrent Master of Architecture / Master of Landscape Architecture program emphasizes the significant role interdisciplinary education and practice plays in the mission and vision of the College of Built Environments. This degree program provides a formal mechanism that allows incoming and current students in the Master of Architecture (M.Arch) and Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) programs to study both disciplines in a rigorous, efficient and structured manner.