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2-Year Master of Architecture

Applicants to the 2-year M.Arch. degree should have a bachelor of science degree in architecture or its equivalent. Admitted 2-year M.Arch. students begin in the fall term.

A student should have completed the following pre-requisite courses as part of their undergraduate degree in architecture.

  • 4 sequential architecture studio design courses (5-6 credits each course)
  • 2 construction courses (6 credits)
  • 2 structure courses (6 credits)
  • 2 sustainable systems courses (6 credits)
  • 2 history of architecture courses (6 credits)
  • 2 design fundamentals courses (6 credits)

If any course deficiencies are found, the student must complete extra courses in addition to the regular 60 credit hours of the master of architecture curriculum.

Please see course descriptions to compare pre-requisite course content from other schools to determine eligibility.

3-Year Master of Architecture

Applicants to the 3-year M.Arch. degree have received an undergraduate degree in a subject other than architecture. Admission is limited to the summer half-term. This 3 and a half year program draws upon the diverse backgrounds of the students to encourage a multi-faceted discussion of architecture. The first year builds a foundation that drives the following years.

There are two required pre-requisite courses that a student should have completed prior to beginning coursework in the summer half term (late June). These courses must be taken for credit at an accredited institution and the student must earn a C or better in the course. Online classes are not accepted. The two pre-requisites are:

  • 1 calculus course (4 credits)
  • 1 physics course (lecture and lab) (4 credits)

We also highly recommend students interested in the 3-year M.Arch. program take two studio art courses. The purpose of the studio courses is to explore the design process and the art of making, thereby solidifying an interest in architectural study, and to create work to include in the admissions portfolio. Studio courses are strongly recommended but not required. Examples of studio courses include but are not limited to:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Design (2D or 3D)
  • Woodworking
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Metalworking
  • Fashion Design
  • Interior Design
  • Illustration
  • Animation
  • Jewelry Making
  • Photography

3-year M.Arch. students join their peers in the 2-year M.Arch. track for the second and third year. Both options culminate in a master of architecture degree.