Areas of Study
There are two master's programs leading to an M.Arch. degree: the Master of Architecture (first professional) degree program, also referred to as the “M.Arch. I”, and the Master of Architecture (post-professional) degree program, also referred to as the “M.Arch. II”. The focus of both is the practice of architecture, centered on design and the studio experience.
The M.Arch. I program fulfills the professional degree requirements for registration as an architect. It is designed for students entering either with no academic training in architecture or a four-year bachelor’s “pre-arch” degree and who wish to enter the profession of architecture. The M.Arch. II program offers students with a professionally accredited degree in architecture (B.Arch.) a studio-centered course of advanced work in architectural design, historic preservation, sustainability, urban design, or interdisciplinary integration. It prepares students to enter (or re-enter) the profession with advanced knowledge and skills, to develop personally, and/or to teach at the college level.
[The school also offers several master’s programs leading to M.A. or M.S. degrees that are close to and involve architecture: M.S.S.D. (Sustainable Design), M.S.U.D. (Urban Design), M.S.H.P. (Historic Preservation), M.A. (Architectural History); M.S.U.D. + M.S.C.R.P. and M.S.S.D. + M.S.C.R.P. (which are dual degrees with Community and Regional Planning); and M.S.A.S. (Architectural Studies) which is interdisciplinary and research oriented. There is also a Ph.D. program in Architectural History and in Preservation. And the school offers an M.L.A. (a professional, accredited program in Landscape Architecture) and M.S.C.R.P. (a professional, accredited program in Community and Regional Planning). For more about these graduate degree programs, click on the links above.]
Master of Architecture (first professional, “M.Arch. I”). This degree program is open to qualified applicants who hold baccalaureate degrees in any discipline, including pre-architecture. Actual admission is competitive, based on GRE score, undergraduate GPA, and the quality of the candidate’s previous work as shown in transcripts and portfolio, statement of interest, and references.
Master of Architecture (post-professional, “M.Arch. II”). This degree program is open to qualified applicants who hold professional degrees in architecture, usually a B.Arch. Actual admission is competitive, based on GRE score, undergraduate GPA, and the quality of the candidate’s previous work as shown in transcripts and portfolio; professional experience, statement of interest, and references.
Full admission guidelines are available on the UTSOA graduate admissions page.
Master of Architecture (first professional, “M.Arch. I”). For students entering with degrees other than professional degrees in architecture, the Master of Architecture is an accredited first professional degree, with courses designed to prepare the student for professional work in the field of architecture and eventual registration as an architect. For students entering with no architectural education, it generally takes seven semesters to earn the M.Arch. I degree. For students entering with a four-year pre-architecture degree, the amount of coursework prescribed depends on level of experience and the content and quality of the program graduated from. It generally takes four or five semesters to earn an M.Arch. I degree.
With modest extra work completing the relevant sequence of courses, students with both backgrounds may also earn Certificates of Specialization in Historic Preservation, Urban Design, or Sustainable Design.
For more details about curricula, click on the link above.
Master of Architecture (post-professional, “M.Arch. II”). For students entering with a professional degree in architecture, this degree allows a certain amount of specialization to be pursued and recognized in the design context, thus: M.Arch. (Urban Design), M.Arch. (Sustainable Design), M.Arch. (Architectural Design), M.Arch. (Preservation) and M.Arch. (Interdisciplinary Studies). Graduates of M.Arch. II programs are entitled to write “B.Arch., M.Arch. (specialization)” behind their names.
All M.Arch. II programs require 36 hours of coursework, and are completable in three or four semesters, with the exception of M.Arch. (Sustainable Design) which requires 45 hours and four or five semesters. All require two 6-hour Advanced Design Studios and a 6-hour Masters Design Study, three 1-hour Proseminars, and 15 hours of area-specific coursework (except for Sustainable Design, which requires 24 hours of area-specific coursework).
For more details about curricula, click on the links above.
In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from a professional degree program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) as a prerequisite for licensure. The accredited professional degree programs offered by the School of Architecture are the Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) and the first-professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch.).