Washington State University

School of Design and Construction

Master of Architecture


The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Murrow East 226

Pullman, WA 99164

United States


1-509- 335-1446

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Architecture

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Once completed, the Master of Architecture degree allows students to participate in an architect internship program and qualify for a State Architecture Licensing exam. The program is structured in a manner that students explore topics in architecture that are current and germane to the critical issues facing our profession. It is expected that our students engage in design and scholarship that offer new insights into the role of architecture in our culture, civilization and environment. Within this context our students are challenging existing conventions and offering new and innovative solutions and ideas to many of the issues of today. The Master of Architecture degree is offered in three tracks: +1 year M.Arch For students with an existing architecture degree and demonstrated design proficiency. + 2 year M.Arch For students with an existing architecture degree but need additional design experience, or for those with a degree in an allied design discipline (interior design, landscape architecture, etc.). + 3 year M.Arch For students without a design focused degree. Master of Architecture students engage in course work in studio, site design, technology, history and theory. The culmination of graduate study is a two semester graduate studio project. It is expected that the project be based on a defined hypothesis and demonstrate a comprehensive understanding and solution to a particular issue in architecture.


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 Arch D in 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. Master’s degree programs may consist of a preprofessional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

International Student Requirements:

International applicants must also submit proof of English language proficiency (score of 80 on TOEFL (IBT) or 7.0 on IELTS) and Verification of Financial Support.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 49

In State Tuition (per year): 11746 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 25178 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Loans may be available. To determine eligiblity for federal student aid, students should begin by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal School Code: 003800

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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