M.Arch, Architecture (first-professional), Master of Science, Architecture (Post-Professional)
Graduate Architecture offers two different degrees in architecture.
Master of Architecture (First-Professional)
The master of architecture, a first-professional degree, is a NAAB accredited, 84-credit, three year program that maintains a mission to train students as leaders in the professional practice of architecture with substantive methods of design and inquiry. The program is intended for students holding a four-year undergraduate, non-professional degree in any field. This program aims to establish a student’s professional education with new forms of thinking and practice and to help students develop a lifelong relationship to their respective fields.
Core design studios and seminars in history and theory, computer media, and building technologies in the first three semesters prepare students for the comprehensive architecture project in the fourth semester. This combined design and integrated building-systems course integrates all related disciplines into the single project. The final two semesters are dedicated to advanced-option studios and seminars where students can explore a range of options within all four areas of the curriculum.
Master of Science, Architecture (Post-Professional)
The 36-credit, three semester (summer, fall, spring) post-professional program aims to expand a student’s previously established professional education into new forms of thinking and practice. Open to students holding a five-year (B. Arch) or equivalent (M. Arch) degree in architecture, the program helps students develop a lifelong relationship to their specific interests in architecture. All students are exposed to relevant issues through rigorous history and theory electives, lectures by prominent scholars, computer-technology courses emphasizing critical thinking, and studios requiring integration of theoretical and technical knowledge. The program begins with an intensive summer semester concentrating in design, digital media, and theory. The second semester’s advanced option studios are integrated with those taken by the Master of Architecture (first-professional) students. The culmination of the program is a thesis project in a student developed specialized area of research.
The M.Arch first professional program is fully accredited by The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).