Master of Architecture
The Master of Architecture program is the professional degree for those seeking to become licensed architects. As described below, there are several pathways into the M. Arch. program depending on background and undergraduate education.
Standard 3 Year Program
Our standard professional program is a 3-year course of study that is aimed at applicants who did not complete a pre-professional degree in architecture including a full complement of studio and technology courses. Commonly applicants for the 3-year pathway have studied fine/studio arts, biology, english, geology, art history, physics, etc.
The 3 year program is also appropriate for students who may have studied some architecture but did not complete a pre-professional B.S. major in architecture or its equivalent. For example, the 3-year program is the right program for our own University of Minnesota BDA students.
Two Year M. Arch Program
Applicants who have a pre-professional B.S. in Architecture, or its equivalent, may apply for our two year M. Arch program. Applicants must 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.
Students who choose to pair one of our MS degree programs together with the M. Arch. program are eligible to receive 936 hours of IDP credit -- that is 17% of the 5,600 hours of mandatory internship for registration as an architect.
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