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Degree Requirements

These degree requirements apply to the current year.

Students who entered the college earlier should refer to the specific degree requirements from the year they entered.

Degree Requirements (2-Year Master of Architecture)

In order to qualify for the 2-year Master of Architecture Degree, a student must complete all 60 credit hours in architecture and related professional fields (i.e., planning, landscape architecture, natural resources, public health, engineering, business administration, and other), including a minimum of 45 credit hours of 500/600 level architecture courses.

Specifically, a student must complete:

  • Four courses (24 credit hours) of architectural design (Arch 552, Arch 562, Arch 662, Arch 672) 
  • Seven courses (21 credit hours) of specific required architecture courses (Arch 515 – Sustainable Systems, Arch 516—Architectural Representation, Arch 527 – Integrative Systems, Arch 537 – Fabrication, Arch 572—Architectural Theory and Criticism,  Arch 583—Professional Practice,   and Arch 660—Thesis Development Seminar)
  • Three courses (9 credit hours) of 500/600 level elective architecture courses
  • Two courses (6 credit hours) of either elective architecture courses or non-architecture cognate courses at the graduate level 

Important Notes about M.Arch (2-year) Degree Requirements:

  • No more than six hours of Tutorial Studies (Arch 593 and Arch 600) can be counted toward the 60-hour minimum.
  • Students who enter the first year of the 2-year option may not elect required undergraduate architecture courses for credit.
  • The one credit hour courses, Arch 993 Teaching Methods for GSIs, and Arch 690 Architectural Curriculum Practical Training, cannot be counted towards graduation requirements.
  • ELI courses cannot be counted toward the graduation requirement.

For students who started in 2015 and afterM.Arch. (2-year) Program Planning Form (PDF)
For students who began in 2014 or beforeM.Arch. (2-year) Program Planning Form (PDF)

A student must complete the 60 credit hours required for the M.Arch. degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and with a grade of C- or better in each required architecture course. Those students earning a cumulative GPA in the top 5% of their class shall graduate with high distinction; students earning a GPA in the top 5%-10% of the class shall graduate with distinction. These honors will be entered on the student's transcript and diploma.

It is suggested that you speak with your faculty advisor regarding course elections, including cognates and 500/600 level architecture. The Architecture program uses a program planning form to track degree progress. Please see the link below. The program planning form is placed on file with the college registrar and is used to finalize degree requirements at the time of graduation. In addition, all students expecting the Master of Architecture Degree are required to apply to graduate online through Wolverine Access. This should be done at least three months in advance of the expected date of graduation. Students who meet this deadline will have their names published in the commencement program. Faculty advisors and administrators can assist a student in planning course schedules, but the student is ultimately responsible for meeting all program and degree requirements. If degree requirements are not completed for the commencement period to which the diploma application has been filed, a student must complete a new diploma application to be considered for graduation at a subsequent commencement date.

Course Waiver(s)

A student may seek a waiver of any course(s) listed as deficiencies in their letter of admission or from course(s) that are required for the master’s degree.  Course waivers should be requested upon your arrival in the fall and approved before the end of the official drop/add date for the current semester.  Course waivers do not reduce the 60 credit hour requirement.  

Take the form along with a copy of your transcript, course description, syllabus/reading list, to the instructor of the course you are requesting to be waived. In the case of a construction course, bring projects/drawings that you have completed as supporting evidence of your request for a waiver. The instructor will then review your material and approve the course waiver form. This form is then returned to the college registrar and placed in your file. A course waiver can only be approved by the faculty member currently teaching the course.

Degree Requirements (3-Year Master of Architecture)

In order to qualify for the 3-year Master of Architecture degree, a student must complete a minimum of 105 credit hours while enrolled in Taubman College.

Specifically a student must complete:

  • Seven courses (42 credit hours) of Architectural Design (Arch 402, Arch 412, Arch 422, Arch 552, Arch 562, Arch 662, Arch 672) 
  • Seven courses (21 credit hours) of specific required architecture courses (Arch 515 – Sustainable Systems, Arch 516—Architectural Representation, Arch 527 – Integrative Systems, Arch 537 – Fabrication, Arch 572—Architectural Theory and Criticism,  Arch 583—Professional Practice,   and Arch 660—Thesis Development Seminar)
  • Two courses (6 credit hours) in History of Architecture (Arch 413 and an Arch History Elective course) 
  • One course (3 credit hours) Environmental Systems, (Arch 425)
  • Two courses (6 credit hours) in Structures, (Arch 314 and Arch 324)
  • One course (3 credit hours) in Design Fundamentals, (Arch 416)
  • One course (3 credit hours) in Construction (Arch 417)
  • Five courses (15 credit hours) selected from 500/600 level architecture electives
  • Two courses (6 credit hours) selected from architecture or non-architecture cognate courses at the graduate level

Important Notes about M.Arch (3-year) Degree Requirements:

  • Student must elect two full terms of 18 credit hours or two spring term courses in order to reach the 105 credit hours required in 3 years.
  • No more than six hours of tutorial studies (Arch 593, Arch 600) can be counted toward the 105-hour minimum.
  • All required 300- and 400-level architecture courses should be completed by the end of the first year.
  • All course elections must be approved by the student's faculty advisor on a program planning form.
  • The one credit hour courses, Arch 993 Teaching Methods for GSI's, and Arch 690 Architectural Curriculum Practical Training, cannot be counted towards graduation requirements.
  • ELI courses cannot be counted toward the graduation requirement.

For students who started in 2015 and after - M.Arch. (3-year) Program Planning Form (PDF)
For students who began in 2014 - M.Arch. (3-year) Program Planning Form (PDF)
For students who began in 2013 or before - M.Arch. (3-year) Program Planning Form (PDF)

A student must complete the 105 credit hours required for the M.Arch. degree within a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and with a grade of C- or better in each required architecture course. Those students earning a cumulative GPA in the top 5% of their class shall graduate with high distinction; students earning a GPA in the top 5%-10% of the class shall graduate with distinction. These honors will be entered on the student's transcript and diploma.

It is suggested that you speak with your faculty advisor regarding course elections, including cognates and 500/600 level architecture. The Architecture program uses a program planning form to track degree progress. Please the link below. The program planning form is placed on file with the college registrar and is used to finalize degree requirements at the time of graduation. In addition, all students expecting the Master of Architecture Degree are required to apply to graduate online through Wolverine Access. This should be done at least three months in advance of the expected date of graduation. Students who meet this deadline will have their names published in the commencement program. Faculty advisors and administrators can assist a student in planning course schedules, but the student is ultimately responsible for meeting all program and degree requirements. If degree requirements are not completed for the commencement period to which the diploma application has been filed, a student must complete a new diploma application to be considered for graduation at a subsequent commencement date.

Course Waiver(s)

A student may seek a waiver of any course(s) listed as deficiencies in their letter of admission or from course(s) that are required for the master’s degree.  Course waivers should be requested upon your arrival in the fall and approved before the end of the official drop/add date for the current semester.  Course waivers do not reduce the 105 credit hour requirement.  

Take the form along with a copy of your transcript, course description, syllabus/reading list, to the instructor of the course you are requesting to be waived. In the case of a construction course, bring projects/drawings that you have completed as supporting evidence of your request for a waiver. The instructor will then review your material and approve the course waiver form. This form is then returned to the college registrar and placed in your file. A course waiver can only be approved by the faculty member currently teaching the course.