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Master of Architecture: 3+ Year Program

Program Overview

The Master of Architecture (M.Arch) is an accredited, professional degree that provides students with a comprehensive education leading to the practice of architecture. It is designed to allow students opportunities to prepare for specialization in the field in the areas of architectural design and representation, architectural technologies and building performance, digital fabrication, architectural history, society, and culture.

The 3+ program is designed for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in architecture. The program can be completed by students in just over three years of study, and it prepares students for professional practice as an architect.

The first semester of study for all 3+ program students starts during the summer term, which begins the second week of May. Students in the 3+ program spend their first summer of study in an intensive studio program. Following the summer, students enroll into design studios, design communications classes, theory, building technology and structures courses. Upon completion of the summer intensive program and this first year of study, 3+ students then begin to take courses in the regular 2-year M.Arch sequence (please see the 2-year program for details).

The program is NAAB accredited as well as being a STEM designated.

Academic Preparation

Applicants must demonstrate that before beginning the program they will have completed:

  • a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 of better and
  • course work in calculus and physics, as outlined below. This work may be in progress during the application process.


Pre-requisite Courses – Must be completed prior to the start of the program:

  • One course in calculus (including integration and differentiation)
  • Math 1210 – Calculus I
  • One course in trigonometry-based, college-level general physics: Physics 2010 – General Physics I OR Physics 2020 – General Physics II