Master of Architecture candidates holding a pre-professional Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in architecture or environmental design from an NAAB-accredited institution are eligible for admission to the 2+year professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree program. Students admitted to the program enter at Year 2.
The curriculum emphasizes integrated architectural design and its relationship to urban issues and tectonics, as well as the technical knowledge necessary for the professional practice of architecture. Courses in architectural history and theory; building science; graphics; making, materials and assemblies; design/build; and international studies provide further professional training and opportunities to develop areas of specialization. These areas of specialization are called Degree Options and provide M.Arch students with an opportunity to concentrate their studies in one of three areas:
History, Theory and Criticism
Materials and Fabrication
Sustainable Systems and Design
Students indicate their preference for the degree option by the beginning of ARCH 502 studio using the department’s online Degree Option Registration. The degree option title will appear on the student’s final transcript.
The prerequisite classes students must have for admission into the program include:
Architectural Design Studio (in addition to “basic design” courses)
Structural Design Principles (statics, strength of materials, gravity and lateral load tracing, design in timber and steel)
Building Materials and Assembly (light construction)
Environmental Forces (heat, light, sound, human comfort)
Architectural Graphics (both technical and freehand)
Architectural History (ancient through modern)
For a more detailed checklist, see the following: Prerequisite Checklist
For application requirements and materials, see M.Arch Admissions.
Year One of the program is comprised of the core design studio sequence that encompasses a full range of issues from urban to tectonic and environmental. Other required classes during that year complement the studio sequence and deepen students’ knowledge of a range of issues related to architecture. Year Two begins with the comprehensive studio and professional practice and builds towards the Master’s Thesis during the autumn of the following year.
Download a PDF of the Master of Architecture Curriculum.