It educates and prepares students to become registered, licensed architects. But more than this, it prepares students to be innovative designers, thinkers and leaders in the field of architecture. This degree program requires 2 to 3.5 years of graduate study, depending on previous academic background and qualifications.
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 Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Department of Architecture, offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
M. Arch. (pre-professional degree + 60 graduate credits)
M. Arch. (non-pre-professional degree + 102 credits)
The Master of Architecture (M. Arch) is a professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) .