Master of Architecture—Three-Year Program
Open to candidates who do not have a Bachelor of Science in Architecture or equivalent.
Applicants from all disciplines are welcome. Those who have some architecture course work may be eligible for advanced placement.
The program requires three years of study. Students have the option to spend a semester at the school’s Berlin program and have the option to enroll in the summer intern program managed by the university’s co-op program.
After completing a first-year introductory curriculum, students in the three-year program merge into the two-year MArch curriculum.
In the first year, students take intensive studios, technology classes, and architectural history classes to immerse them in the studio culture of the school and to give them a strong foundation to begin the upper-level studios. The introductory graduate skills and design studios are specifically designed for the students in this program who do not have experience doing architectural drawing and designing. Students complete a series of projects that will give them an opportunity to develop the skills and the critical thinking needed in the graduate curriculum.
Students in their second year have the option to either study in our Berlin program in Germany or study in Boston. Both the Berlin Design Studio and Boston Option Design Studio focus on urban housing and its aggregation. Students have the opportunity to learn and develop new patterns of housing specifically for those cities with their individual design interventions. The Comprehensive Design Studio in the second semester challenges the students to consider architectural connections at all scales, from architectural detail, to architectural systems, to the whole building and its urban context.
In the final year, students engage in a two-semester research and design project based on pertinent contemporary topics chosen by the graduate faculty, or students may propose an independent research and design project. Team research is conducted and compiled into online and physical research books. This body of compiled research then becomes the basis of the intellectual framework for the individual students' design projects. This final degree project parallels an in-depth two-semester professional practice sequence that analyzes all of the contingencies of successful architectural projects, including architectural offices and their project management strategies, real estate development criteria, and associated project finance.
Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.
- Students in the Boston option should complete Design Tactics and Operations (ARCH 5310), Option Studio (ARCH 5115), and Structural Systems (ARCH 5230).
- Students in the Berlin option should complete Architecture and Urbanism Abroad (ARCH 3361), Studio Abroad (ARCH 3155), and Seminar Abroad (ARCH 3362)
|ARCH 2330||Architecture, Modernity, and the City, 1800 to 1910||4|
|ARCH 2340||Architecture, Modernity, and the City, 1910 to 1980||4|
|Building, Design, and Environment|
|ARCH 5230||Structural Systems||4|
|or ARCH 3362||Seminar Abroad|
|ARCH 2240||Architectonic Systems||4|
|ARCH 3450||Advanced Architectural Communication||4|
|ARCH 5210||Environmental Systems||4|
|ARCH 5220||Integrated Building Systems||4|
|ARCH 5115||Option Studio||6|
|or ARCH 3155||Studio Abroad|
|ARCH 5120||Comprehensive Design Studio||6|
|ARCH 6100||Graduate Skills Studio||6|
|ARCH 6200||Graduate Studio 1: Architectural Design||6|
|ARCH 7130||Master’s Research Studio||6|
|ARCH 6430||Case Studies 1||4|
|ARCH 6440||Case Studies 2||4|
|Topics and Seminar|
|ARCH 5310||Design Tactics and Operations||4|
|or ARCH 3361||Architecture and Urbanism Abroad|
|ARCH 6330||Seminar in Modern Architecture||4|
|Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:||8|
|Graduate Topics in Architecture|
|ARCH 7140||Master’s Degree Project||6|
|Complete 8 semester hours of non-ARCH courses (required).||8|
|Complete 4 semester hours of ARCH courses (optional). Electives outside architecture may be taken in consultation with your faculty advisor.|
Program Credit/GPA Requirements
96–104 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required
|ARCH 2330 (and)||4||ARCH 2340 (and)||4||Vacation||0|
|ARCH 6100||6||ARCH 5210 (and)||4|
|ARCH 2230 or Elective (Required)*||4||ARCH 6200||6|
|ARCH 2230 (or)||4||ARCH 3450||4|
|ARCH 5115||6||ARCH 5220||4|
|ARCH 6340 (1 of 2)||4|
|ARCH 5310 (or)||4|
|Elective (Optional or)||4|
|ARCH 6330||4||ARCH 6340 (2 of 2)||4|
|ARCH 6430||4||ARCH 6440||4|
|ARCH 7130||6||ARCH 7140||6|
|Total Hours: 104|
* Take Arch 2230 in Fall Year 1 if planning on Berlin program in Fall Year 2.
** Berlin curriculum