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Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

1. Master of Architecture
Three Year M. Arch Program

The 3-year program is intended for students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than architecture. We value a liberal arts education, and strongly encourage students with a broad range of academic backgrounds to apply to the 3-Year Program.  Please note that 3-Year applicants must demonstrate an aptitude for design and/or drawing through a portfolio. 

The 3-year program is also appropriate for students who studied some architecture but did not complete the full complement of studio and technology courses that is part of a pre-professional B.S. major in architecture.  For example, the three year program is appropriate for our own University of Minnesota BDA students.


Two Year M. Arch Program

Applicants must have a pre-professional B.S. major in architecture, or its equivalent, and have completed at least one course in structures, materials & methods, and environmental technologies, and at least four semesters of architecture design studios.  The portfolio must exhibit a proficiency of design equal to students having completed the first year of our 3-year program.

Post-Professional Applicants: A small number of applicants who hold the professional 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree is admitted to participate in the 2-year M. Arch. program. The Director of Graduate Studies will assist these students to tailor a program of studies matching their interests while insuring that all Graduate School and NAAB requirements are satisfied.

 

2. M.S. in Architecture - Sustainable Design Track

The sustainable design track is intended primarily for:
- Individuals with a BA or BS in architecture or related field.
- Current M. Arch. students who seek a concurrent degree
- Individuals with professional degrees in architecture (B. Arch, M. Arch)
- Others. ***


Given the technological basis of the Sustainable Design Track, previous studies in architecture are highly recommended. This may include a variety of architectural degree options including: BA or BS in Architecture, B.Arch, or M.Arch, including students currently enrolled in the University of Minnesota's M.Arch. program.

Applicants must have sufficient technical background in environmental control systems, building systems, and structures, or other environmental design or ecology coursework. Those lacking sufficient training or preparation in these subject areas may be admitted contingent upon completion of one course in each area (up to 3 courses) before registration as a graduate student for any 8000-level courses.

 

3. M.S. in Architecture -

Heritage Conservation & Preservation Track

Heritage Conservation and Preservation is a multidisciplinary field that draws students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds and professional experiences.
The HCP concentration is primarily intended for the following:
- Individuals with a BA or BS in architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, art history, geography, anthropology, or related field.
- Current M. Arch. students who seek a concurrent degree.
- Individuals with professional degrees in architecture or landscape architecture.
- Working professionals in historic preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, or related fields.
- Individuals with other academic and professional backgrounds who can explain how their academic background and experiences are relevant to heritage preservation and can demonstrate their commitment to pursue a career in heritage preservation.

 

4. M.S. in Architecture - Metropolitan Design Track

The MS in Architecture - Metropolitan Design program is intended primarily for:
- Individuals with a BA or BS degree in architecture, landscape architecture, urban geography, city planning or related field.
- Current M. Arch. or MLA students who seek a dual-degree.
- Individuals with professional degrees in architecture or landscape architecture.
- Under special circumstances individuals without strong design backgrounds will be admitted.

 

5. M.S. in Architecture – Research Practices Concentration

The research practices concentration is intended primarily for:

- Current M. Arch. students who seek a concurrent-degree.

- Individuals with professional degrees in architecture. (B. Arch, M. Arch)

Given the professional research basis of the Research Practices Concentration, previous studies in architecture are required. This may include B.Arch or M.Arch.

It is highly recommended that applicants have sufficient professional background including at least half of the required IDP hours (approximately 2800 hours). Those lacking sufficient training or preparation in professional practice areas may be admitted contingent upon completion of one course in each area (up to 3 courses) before registration as a graduate student.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Applicants to our graduate programs are expected to have a preferred GPA of 3.0 or greater.

 

The Application Process section provides specific instructions regarding what to include in your admission portfolio.  See #7.

 

Concurrent Degrees

Students may pair the M. Arch degree with one of the M.S. programs; however, two separate applications are required and admission to a concurrent degree path is dependent upon acceptance to the M.Arch program.

 

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