Master of Architecture

3+year Master of Architecture Program
Candidates holding a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than architecture pursue a 3+year Master of Architecture. This program includes three years of instruction plus thesis. Year One (Preparatory Year) stresses the fundamentals of design, architectural graphics, architectural history, construction, structures and environmental control systems. 3+year students join the 2+year program for Years Two, Three and Thesis. This degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board and educates students already grounded in the liberal arts to become registered, licensed architects who assume responsible and imaginative roles in society.

2+year Master of Architecture Program
Candidates with a pre-professional BS or BA in Architecture or Environmental Design pursue a 2+year Master of Architecture. This program includes two years of instruction plus thesis. 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, materials and assemblies, design/build, and international studies provide further professional training and opportunities to develop areas of specialization. This degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board and educates students already grounded in the liberal arts to become registered, licensed architects who assume responsible and imaginative roles in society.

Master of Architecture in High Performance Building Program
Candidates holding an accredited 5-year B Arch or accredited M Arch pursue the Master of Architecture in High Performance Building a 1 year post-professional M. Arch. This program offers the opportunity to pursue a concentrated course of study in high-performance building design at the University of Washington Department of Architecture. The program is structured around a self-directed research project and a blend of electives and required courses that draw primarily from offerings in building science and design computing.

This program is not accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board. Candidates seeking to pursue careers in the professional practice of architecture who do not already hold a professionally accredited degree in architecture should apply to the 2+ or 3+ Year Master of Architecture Program. 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, rather than the M Arch in High Performance Building.

Master of Architecture / Master of Landscape Architecture Concurrent Degree Program
The concurrent Master of  Architecture / Master of Landscape Architecture Concurrent emphasizes the significant role interdisciplinary education and practice plays in the mission and vision of the College of Built Environments. This degree program is to provide a formal mechanism that allows incoming students as well as 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. 


Accreditation
In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. 

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre- professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree. 

The University of Washington offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
2+year Master of Architecture (pre-professional degree + 91 credits)
3+year Master of Architecture (non pre-professional degree + 145 credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2022

For more information on accreditation of architecture programs in the United States, download a copy of the NAAB Conditions for Accreditation (2009 edition) or go to the NAAB website.