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Master of Architecture [MARCH +3]

The Master of Architecture [MARCH +3] is a three-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 two-year (five semesters) core studio sequence followed by a culminating year (two semesters) focused on cutting-edge research and experimentation, the curriculum focuses on a cumulative thematic sequence:

  • Conceptualization (fall year 1)
  • Materialization (spring year 1)
  • Fabrication (summer year 1 design-build)
  • Contextualization (fall year 2)
  • Synthetization (spring year 2)
  • Globalization (optional summer year 2),
  • Individuation (fall year 3)
  • Assertion (spring year 3)

Beginning with a core studio sequence including integrated history and theory, 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 year-long 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 without previous degrees in architecture.

The seven-semester program includes 99 academic credits outlined in the sample degree plan below. Some students may have already taken university courses meeting or exceeding the requirements described below. For such students, the curriculum may be modified by substituting electives for courses previously taken at another institution. The appropriate area coordinator and the director of graduate studies must approve any general petitions for substitutions 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 without previous degrees in architecture.

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