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Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

University of Michigan's Taubman College graduate degree in architecture is open to students who have already earned, or will be completing, their pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture (2-year) as well as those who have received an undergraduate degree in a subject other than architecture (3-year) before the start of this program.

Important Dates & Information:

Application and Portfolio Deadline: January 6 annually
Enrollment Deposit and Intent to Enroll Deadline: April 15 annually


Taubman College’s graduate professional degree in 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. It is enhanced by its context, which includes urban planners, urban designers, doctoral students, and post-professional students concentrating in conservation, material systems, design and health, and digital technology.

The college recognizes the value of the perspective gained from university-wide and discipline-wide collaborations and encourages students to utilize the resources available at a premier research institution.

The M.Arch degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

2-Year Master of Architecture

Taubman College 2-year, 60-credit-hour, Master of Architecture degree is designed for applicants who hold a bachelor of science degree in architecture or its equivalent. A strong architectural design portfolio consisting of a minimum of four studios and previous coursework that fulfills the majority of required courses in the first year of our 3-year curriculum is required. Applicants to the 2-year degree whose undergraduate work does not meet these criteria will be considered for admission to the 3-year degree.

Students must earn 60 credit hours and satisfactorily complete the required courses before a degree is granted. No transfer credit is accepted for graduate-level coursework from other institutions.

Admitted 2-year M.Arch. students begin in the fall term.

The chart below outlines the sequencing of required core courses and elective offerings for the 2-year Master of Architecture course of study.

View the Master of Architecture 2 year sample syllabus course flow chart (PDF)

Eligibility for 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.

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

  • 4 sequential architecture design studio courses (5-6 credits each course)
  • 1 construction course (3 credits)
  • 2 structure courses (6 credits)
  • 1 environmental systems courses (3 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. Any course deficiencies will be noted in your letter of admission. 

3-Year Master of Architecture

Taubman College 3-year Master of Architecture degree is designed for applicants who received an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than architecture. This 105-credit-hour degree draws upon the diverse backgrounds of each student to encourage a multi-faceted discussion of architecture. The first year builds a foundation that drives the following years; students join their peers in the 2-year master of architecture track for the second and third years. To be eligible for admission, students must hold an undergraduate degree in any field and have fulfilled the two required prerequisite courses: 1 calculus course and 1 physics course with lab. Two studio art courses are also strongly recommended. Students must earn 105 credit hours and satisfactorily complete the required courses before the degree is granted. No transfer credit is accepted for graduate level coursework from other institutions.

Coursework for the 3-year Master of Architecture degree begins in late June.

The chart below outlines the sequencing of required courses and selective offerings for the 3 year course of study. 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.

View the Master of Architecture 3-year sample syllabus course flow chart (PDF)

Eligibility for 3-Year Master of Architecture

There are two required prerequisite 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. The two prerequisites are:

  • 1 calculus course (4 credits - may be taken online)
  • 1 physics course (lecture and lab) (4 credits - may be taken online)

We also highly recommend (but do not require) students interested in the 3-year M.Arch. program take two studio art or design 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. Examples of studio courses include but are not limited to:

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


In the United States, most 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 professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-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 require a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

University of Michigan - Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Regional Planning, offers the following NAAB-accredited degree:

M. Arch. (pre-professional degree (BS in Architecture) + 60 graduate credits)

M. Arch. (non-pre-professional degree + 105 credits)

Stem-designated Degree Program

The Master of Architecture degree is an approved field of study within the U.S. government’s official STEM fields list. When a student earns a degree in a field on the STEM fields list, he/she may be eligible for the 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension. OPT is defined as practical work experience in your field of study after completion of a degree. With a STEM degree, a student's "regular" OPT of 12 months may be extended for an additional 24 months. For further details regarding STEM extensions contact the International Center.


Contact Admissions at TaubmanCollegeAdmissions@umich.edu

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