Master of Architecture—Three-Year Program—Advanced Degree Entrance

Open to candidates who do not have a Bachelor of Science in Architecture or an equivalent degree.
Students with some background in architecture may be eligible for advanced placement into the program. Advanced placement will be determined by an applicant’s transcript and portfolio.

After completing a first-year introductory curriculum, students in the three-year program merge into the two-year MArch curriculum. This is a NAAB-accredited degree program. 

Only select courses in the first year of the program will be waived. All waivers are at the discretion of the school and applicants will be required to provide documentation for any waivers (78–100 credits total based on waivers).

The minimum course work for all students in the first year of the program is:

  • Two studio courses (minimum 10 credits total)

  • Two graduate electives (minimum 8 credits total)

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

All advanced-entry students must complete a minimum of 10 semester hours per semester in the first year. Course waivers are determined by the faculty and students should consult with their advisor.


Courses listed below may be waived as determined by faculty advisor.

ARCH 2330Architecture, Modernity, and the City, 1800 to 19104
ARCH 2340Architecture, Modernity, and the City, 1910 to 19804
Building, Design, and Environment
ARCH 2240Architectonic Systems4
ARCH 5210Environmental Systems4
ARCH 5230Structural Systems4

Core Requirements

Building, Design, and Environment
ARCH 3450Advanced Architectural Communication4
ARCH 5220Integrated Building Systems4
ARCH 5115Option Studio (or)6
or ARCH 3155 Studio Abroad
ARCH 5120Comprehensive Design Studio6
ARCH 6100Graduate Skills Studio6
ARCH 6200Graduate Studio 1: Architectural Design6
Professional Practice
ARCH 6430Case Studies 14
ARCH 6440Case Studies 24
Topics and Seminars
ARCH 5310Design Tactics and Operations4
or ARCH 3361 Architecture and Urbanism Abroad
ARCH 6330Seminar in Modern Architecture4
Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:8
Graduate Topics in Architecture
Research and Project
ARCH 7130Master’s Research Studio6
ARCH 7140Master’s Degree Project6


Required Electives
Complete 8 semester hours of non-ARCH courses.8
Additional Elective or Topics
Complete 8 semester hours of non-ARCH courses.8

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

78–100 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required

Year 1
ARCH 22404ARCH 2340
and ARCH 2341
ARCH 2330 (and)4ARCH 3450 (or Required Elective)4
ARCH 62006
ARCH 5210 (and)4Elective (Optional)4
ARCH 61006 
 18 18
Year 2
ARCH 5115 (or Global Study Abroad)6ARCH 3450 (or Required Elective)4
ARCH 5230 (or Global Study Abroad)4ARCH 51206
ARCH 5310 (or Global Study Abroad)4ARCH 52204
Optional Elective (or Global Study Abroad)4ARCH 6340 (1 of 2)4
 18 18
Year 3
ARCH 64304ARCH 6340 (2 of 2)4
ARCH 63304ARCH 64404
ARCH 71306ARCH 71406
Elective (Optional)4 
 18 14
Total Hours: 104

Total credits for the AP track may range from 78–104 depending on waivers and optional electives. For students attending Segovia, the range will be 78–102.
Note: Only courses in year one may be waived. Course waivers are at the discretion of the program director.
Students must take ARCH 5230 in the fall of year three if participating in the Segovia program in the fall of year two.