Master of Architecture 2+

Designed for students with undergraduate degrees outside architecture, the accredited M.Arch 2+ degree offers a comprehensive architectural education, preparing students for professional practice in the U.S. and across the globe.

M.Arch 2+ Overview

Overview

The M.Arch 2+ brings together students with diverse backgrounds to explore and grapple with the complexities of the environment and innovate through the design process. Students develop an individualized curriculum in consultation with their advisor, resulting in a program that varies in length from two-and-a-half to four years. Upon completion of requisite background course work, M. Arch 2+ students follow the M. Arch program of study. And like the M.Arch, students in the M.Arch 2+ sequence may earn a concentration in one of the School’s Program Areas.

To earn this degree, students need to complete up to 68 hours of undergraduate credit (depending upon undergraduate courses previously taken) and 54 hours of graduate credit.

STEM Classification and OPT Employment

Our M.Arch 2+ degree is STEM-classified. International students with an F-1 visa are eligible to remain in the US for OPT (Optional Practical Training) employment for up to three years and two months after graduation, and those granted an H-1b visa can stay an additional six years (for a total of 9 years).

Sample Schedule


First Year

Introductory Courses

Depending on the student’s previous educational background and coursework, these courses can be articulated and waived from the student’s curricular requirements.

  • ARCH 210: Intro to History of World Architecture (Fall – 3 hours)
  • ARCH 231: Anatomy of Buildings (Fall – 4 hours)
  • ARCH 232: Structural Fundamentals (Spring – 4 hours)
  • ARCH 433: Design of Steel and Concrete Structures (Fall -4 hours)
  • ARCH 434: Environmental Control Systems (Fall – 5 hours)

Fall (15-18 hours)

Arch 471: Design Studio (6 hours)

Basic architectural design methods, fundamentals, principles and concepts including creative problem solving in two- and three-dimensions.

Arch XXX: (Introductory Course) or ARCH 400+: Elective (9-12 hours)

Spring (15-18 hours)

ARCH 472: Design Studio (6 hours)

Intermediate architectural design methods, fundamentals, principles and concepts focusing on buildings in landscape and urban contexts.

ARCH 41X: Architectural History (Before 1800)
ARCH XXX: (Introductory Course) or ARCH 400+: Elective (6-8 hours)

Summer (6 hours)

ARCH 47X: Design Studio (6 hours)

Second Year

Courses for the next year of study.

Fall (15 -18 hours)

ARCH 57X: Design Studio (6 hours)

This studio will focus on Detail and Architectonics, Health and Wellbeing, Technology and Performance, Architecture and Urban Design, or be an Integrative Architecture Design Studio.

ARCH 577: Theories of Architecture (4 hours)

Review of principles of architectural design; factors in programming architectural requirements; design development; and evaluation and criticism.

ARCH XXX: (Introductory Course) or ARCH 400+: Elective (6-8 hours)

Spring (16 hours)

ARCH 57X: Design Studio (6 hours)
ARCH 517 Modern Arch History, 1850-Present (3 hours)

This course is a survey of significant buildings, movements, and figures of modern and contemporary architecture, contextualized in the social, cultural, political, economic, and technological developments of their time. It outlines the development of Modernist, postmodernist, and contemporary architectural thought. Key themes include industrialization and modernization, the development of global Modernisms and postmodernism in the twentieth-century, regionalism, globalization, the sustainability movement, and the development of digital technologies in architecture.

ARCH XXX: (Introductory Course) or ARCH 400+: Elective (6-8 hours)
ARCH 41X: Architectural History (After 1800) (3 hours)

Third Year

Courses for the next year of study.

Fall (17 hours)

ARCH 57X: Design Studio (6 hours)
ARCH 521: Adv Environ, Arch, and Global Health (4 hours)
ARCH 536: Planning and Design of Structural Systems (4 hours)
ARCH 400+: Electives (3 hours)

Spring (16 hours)

ARCH 575: Integrative Design Studio (6 hours)
ARCH 501: Professional Practice (3 hours)
ARCH 538: Integrative Design of Buildings
ARCH 400+: Elective (3 hours)

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