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Master of Architecture [MARCH +2]

Master of Architecture [MARCH +2]

The Master of Architecture [MARCH +2] is a two-year STEM-designated professional degree focused on architectural design and practice. The degree is accredited through the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Please visit the accreditation page to learn more.

This program is dedicated to critical inquiry and the professional discipline of architecture. With a one-year (two semesters) core studio sequence built upon a previously completed undergraduate degree in architecture, followed by a culminating year (two semesters) focused on cutting-edge research and experimentation, the curriculum focuses on a cumulative thematic sequence:

  • Contextualization (fall year 1)
  • Synthetization (spring year 1)
  • Globalization (optional summer year 1)
  • Individuation (fall year 2)
  • Assertion (spring year 2)

Beginning with a core studio sequence with integrated history and theory, the technology of materials and assemblies, structures, and environmental and sustainable systems, and professional practice, the core sequence is augmented by a large selection of topical studios, global studies, and elective seminars, all culminating in a yearlong master’s project. This curricular flexibility allows for concentrations in media + fabrication, sustainable architecture, and urban systems.

Degree Plan 

This degree is a STEM-designated professional degree program for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree in architecture or environmental design.

The four-semester program includes 60 academic credits outlined in the sample degree plan below. Because students entering this program must already hold a degree in architecture or environmental design, some of the requirements described below may have been met in advance. For such students, the curriculum may be modified by course waivers or substitution of electives for courses previously taken at another university. The appropriate area coordinator and the director of graduate studies must approve any general petitions for substitutions or course waivers in the degree plan. Students with deficiencies may be required to undertake additional coursework.

Students must obtain approval of their individual degree plan before the conclusion of the first semester of enrollment.

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This degree is intended for students already holding a bachelor’s degree in architecture or environmental design.

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