The architecture program at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan recognizes the multiplicity and changing nature of future roles open to the architect. Whatever the exact nature of these roles, the program is designed to prepare students to perceive the ordered relationship of people and their environment and to translate this order into design for the enrichment of human experience.
Taubman College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture. The undergraduate program culminates in a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) and the graduate program culminates in a Master of Architecure degree (M.Arch.). In addition, the program also offers a Ph.D. in Architecture, a Master of Urban Design (M.U.D.), and a Master of Science in Architecture (M.S.). Undergraduate students may apply directy as freshmen or transfer in as junior level students. The graduate program is open to students who have already earned undergraduate degrees in architecture (2-year M.Arch.), as well as those who received undergraduate degrees from other disciplines (3-year M.Arch.). Dual degrees and graduate certificates are also available.
Bachelor of Science in Architecture
The Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree prepares students for future work in a myriad of areas. After graduating, some students choose to pursue graduate studies in a professional Master of Architecture program in order to prepare for architectural licensure. Some pursue graduate study in related fields, including landscape architecture, engineering, art, construction, urban planning, urban design, or historic preservation, while others pursue graduate degrees in business or law, applying their design knowledge to these fields. Others find opportunities with architecture firms or in other related design occupations or use their degree as a springboard for creative work in unrelated fields.
Master of Architecture
Taubman College’s Master of Architecture is a studio-intensive degree that takes a critical view of design, theory, and production. Professional coursework and electives in topical areas supplement the design education model. The combination of professional coursework and coursework in representation, fabrication, history, and theory prepares students to engage in a research-based thesis design project as their final studio. The program offers a wide array of electives in history/theory, criticism, structures, environmental and construction technology, urbanism, sustainable design, computation, and digital fabrication.
Master of Science in Architecture Design and Research
The Master of Science in Architecture Design and Research (M.S.) is an advanced, post-professional degree, featuring the concentration Digital and Material Technologies. The degree is offered by Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the Rackham Graduate School.
Master of Urban Design
The Master of Urban Design (M.U.D.) is a one-year and a half post-professional degree open to students with professional degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning. The degree addresses a diverse range of urban design thought and experimentation informing the work in selected national and international settings.
Ph.D. in Architecture
The Ph.D. in Architecture invites applicants who wish to investigate architecture and the built environment in focused projects that unfold over a span of years. Students embarking on a doctorate conduct original research that yields new insights into past, current, and future developments of architecture and building practices. Doctoral Studies promotes independent critical thinkers and research specialists across a range of fields within the increasingly broad fields of architecture and the built environment.
Dual degree programs enable students to earn two degrees in considerably less time than if each degree were earned separately. Five formally structured dual degree programs enable students interested in architecture to study for a dual.
Formal Dual Degree Programs:
- Master of Architecture/Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree
- Master of Architecture/Master of Urban Design
- Master of Architecture/Master of Science in Digital and Material Technologies
- Master of Architecture/Master of Business Administration degree
- Master of Architecture/Master of Engineering degree
- Master of Urban and Regional Planning/Master of Urban Design
At Taubman College, students are provided with many opportunities to expand their interests. With fellows, visiting professors, and lecturers of various educational backgrounds and with a wide range of professional experiences, we are proud of our diverse faculty. Faculty are actively engaged in teaching, practicing, and researching in many fields including architecture, urban security, environmental technology and planning, transportation, recreation, economic development, housing and community development, land use planning, and urban design.
In addition, Taubman College students have opportunities to study abroad. International travel courses are an essential part of the college's course offerings, granting students the prospect of visiting other countries while gaining access to facilities, groups, and individuals that might otherwise be closed to them.