Master of Architecture

Nour Obeid MArch '19 Thesis Presentation (George Proctor)
Nour Obeid MArch '19 Thesis Presentation (George Proctor)


The MArch I program accepts students from varied academic backgrounds, including non-design disciplines. The complete 90 semester unit program prepares students for a career in architecture and a path to licensure. Students must have completed courses in college algebra, trigonometry, and physics prior to beginning this program since these courses are prerequisites to design studios, structures and environmental controls.

The studio sequence consists of three segments: a two-year basic core, topic studios and electives, and a two-semester Master's project. Lecture classes in Architecture Theory and History, Human Behavior, Programming, Sustainability, Professional Practice, Building Technology, Structures, Codes and Digital Media are closely coordinated with the studio sequence, and students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge of these areas in their design projects. Students may also take elective courses in the other graduate programs in the College: Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning and the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies.

The first-year graduate class usually enrolls between twelve and sixteen students. The program, as a whole, has a graduate population of about sixty students. This number keeps the student/faculty ratio small, but is large enough to provide for diversity of backgrounds, experience, and accomplishments.

Students in the MArch I program may select one of three concentrations: Sustainability, Healthcare or Historic Preservation. In addition to offering specialized courses, faculty conduct research in which graduate students may participate. The programs are enhanced by related course offerings in The Departments of Landscape Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning and the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, as well as by university owned facilities including the Richard and Dion Neutra VDL Research House, the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, the ENV Archives Special Collections and the Visual Resources Library.

Graduate M.Arch Flow Chart

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For admission to the Master of Architecture program an applicant must have received a baccalaureate degree and have attained an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0. An applicant who does not meet these criteria may be admitted on a conditional basis if evidence of compensating qualifications can be furnished.

Upon admission to the Department of Architecture, the student will meet with the coordinator of the graduate program to prepare a reasonable sequence of course work. The curriculum thus specified may be altered only by written request submitted in accordance with university regulations.

For specific information, application instructions, and requirements please refer to the Masters Admissions page:


The M.Arch, or Masters of Architecture, requires 90 semester units for the degree. While the majority of the required courses are have curricular content similar to that required in the undergraduate curriculum, studio and core courses are offered separately for the graduate students. Students are admitted with an undergraduate degree in another field and have already completed their General Education requirements. Students with a four-year degree in architecture may also be admitted with advanced standing, which is determined on a case-by-case basis. Of the 90 required semester units, 12 are in professional electives. The M.Arch. students are offered three concentrations; Sustainability, Healthcare Design, and Historic Preservation. Please refer below to the curriculum sheet, which shows the distribution of required courses and units, and the flow chart, which shows the place for each course in the curriculum and the number of units required each term.

Graduate M.Arch Flow Chart