Master of Architecture


The Architecture Program offers two degrees at the Master’s level.  The Master of Architecture (M ARCH) degree is the NAAB Accredited professional degree.  The accredited professional degree is the first step for individuals interested in pursuing a path toward licensure as a practicing architect in North America.


If you studied architecture at the undergraduate level and received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, you may qualify for the four-semester Path A Advanced Standing Track.  If you studied in another discipline at the undergraduate level the seven-semester Path B track is the right course of study for you.  If you studied architecture at the undergraduate level, but did not receive a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, we will work to evaluate your prior education and to determine limited advanced standing based on your transcripts and verified coursework.


The architecture Program offers two professional tracks toward the NAAB accredited Master of Architecture degree.


PATH A - Advanced Standing Professional Degree Program

The “Path A” program is an advanced standing track designed for individuals who possess an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree. This program links seamlessly with the University of Maryland’s BS in Architecture degree and similar degrees offered at other institutions. This is a four-semester degree program leading to the NAAB accredited M ARCH degree.


PATH B - Professional Degree Program for Individuals with Baccalaureates in Disciplines Other than Architecture

This program is designed specifically for individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree in an area other than architecture. This seven-semester program provides introduction to the fundamentals of architectural design and representation, technologies, history and theory, as well as professional practice. The program provides an efficient track toward the NAAB accredited M ARCH degree. 


Limited Advanced Standing in the Path B Program:  Applicants who possess a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design, or similar degree, are evaluated for placement and may receive limited advanced standing in the Path B program based upon their portfolios and prior coursework.

Admission is competitive, and application requirements differ by degree program. We encourage applications from students with solid academic backgrounds who have earned or will earn at least a bachelor's degree at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or the equivalent of this degree in another country. As a minimum admission standard, the University of Maryland expects candidates to have a "B" average, or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, in a program of study resulting in a bachelor's degree.


You may apply for admission to the University of Maryland during or after your final year of undergraduate study, but you must furnish proof of graduation before the end of your first term of enrollment at the university.

The Master of Architecture is the NAAB accredited professional degree offered at the University of Maryland. Individuals with significant undergraduate academic experience in architecture may be able to complete the program in as little as four semesters.  Individuals with no prior experience in architecture may compete for admission to the seven-semester program.  We endeavor to match your prior academic experience with our curricular program.  So, if you have some undergraduate experience in architecture, we will work with you to tailor a course of study that fits your academic needs. 

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students we want to welcome you to the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. We are happy that you will be joining us and hope that your experience is productive, rewarding, and enjoyable. We have assembled some information to aid you in your transition into our classroom/studio environment. Should you find that there are items that are not addressed, please let us know so that we can help you get the answer to your question as well as include that information for future generations. Feel free to contact us to discuss your concerns.


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