The program leading to the degree Master of Architecture (M. Arch.) is an NAAB-accredited professional degree program that prepares students for careers in architecture. Students prepare a design thesis as both a culmination of the comprehensive studio experience and as a transition to the world of professional practice. Attainment of registration for professional practice after completion of the degree requires completion of an internship in an architectural office and the passing of a registration examination. Coursework in this program can be complemented by studies in urban design, urban planning, historic preservation and/or real estate development.
Applicants to the seven-semester Master of Architecture degree track come from diverse educational backgrounds and from many locations worldwide. They often bring with them valuable insights based on their wide-ranging life and educational experiences. The admissions committee evaluates each candidate based on a portfolio of creative work (free-hand drawing, painting, sculpture and/or other examples of proficiency in the visual arts), transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statement and Graduate Record Examination performance. For more information, see Graduate Admissions.
The Master of Architecture curriculum is designed specifically for applicants who have had little or no coursework in architecture during their undergraduate educational experience.