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 Segovia program as well as the option to pursue a summer co-op opportunity 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. This is a NAAB-accredited degree program. 


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 Segovia program in Spain or study in Boston. 

The Option Studio offers topical content that best aligns with the research and practice expertise of the faculty, which provides students with the latest concepts in architectural design, theory, and research on a consistently updated and rotating basis. Students select their top choices of studio topics and instructors, giving them more flexibility in the areas for which they would like to focus their education. 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.

Core Requirements

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 3450Advanced Architectural Communication4
ARCH 5210Environmental Systems4
ARCH 5220Integrated Building Systems4
ARCH 5230Structural Systems4
ARCH 5115Option Studio6
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 (required).8
Optional Electives
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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours
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 0
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 63304ARCH 6340 (2 of 2)4 
ARCH 64304ARCH 64404 
ARCH 71306ARCH 71406 
Elective (Optional)4  
 18 14 
Total Hours: 104

Total credits for the three-year track may range from 96–104 depending on optional electives. For students attending Segovia, the range will be 96–102.
Students must take Arch 5230 in the fall of year three if participating in the Segovia program in the fall of year two.