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Master of Architecture candidates holding a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in a field other than architecture are eligible for admission to the 3+year professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree program. Applicants to this program should demonstrate some experience in the visual or design arts, math through college algebra, and computer literacy.

The curriculum emphasizes integrated architectural design, its relationship to urban issues and tectonics, and the technical knowledge necessary for the professional practice of architecture. Courses in architectural history and theory, building science, graphics, materials and making, 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.

Summer Internship For 3+Year M.Arch Students:

The Department of Architecture Professionals Advisory Council sponsors the Summer Internship program for 3+year M.Arch students guaranteeing all 3+year M.Arch students a paid internship in a local firm the summer after completion of the first year in the program.


For application requirements and materials, see M.Arch Admissions.

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Year One stresses design fundamentals, architectural graphics, architectural history, materials and assemblies, structures and environmental control systems. 3+year students join the 2+year program for Years Two, Three and Thesis. Year Two 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 Three 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.