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Master of Architecture (MArch)

The Master of Architecture (MArch) is a three-year accredited professional degree in architecture that is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than architecture, as well as for students who hold four-year, non-accredited professional degrees in architecture such as the Bachelor of Science in Architecture. View information regarding accreditation, careers and licensure.

Application Deadlines

The priority application submission date is January 4. Curricular accommodations for advanced-standing students will be made on a case-by-case basis. View application requirements. Applications received after each deadline will be reviewed only as program resources permit.

Degree Program

The MArch program (download PDF curriculum guide) demands engagement with contemporary issues and a commitment to lifelong learning. We encourage students to examine the relationships between local, regional and global contexts with a particular emphasis on the dynamics of the contemporary American Midwest. The domain of the architect’s action is limited, but the range of information needed to make creative, intelligent and responsible design decisions is vast. We expect our graduates to value the necessity of research, interdisciplinary learning and teamwork.

This program, accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB), leads to a professional Master of Architecture degree over three years and an intervening summer. Students with undergraduate degrees in architecture or environmental design may be given advanced standing in the program. Other students admitted to the program hold undergraduate degrees in a broad range of fields such as art history, history, literature, economics, mathematics, computer science, anthropology and medicine. These students must complete the full three years of the curriculum.

The diversity of backgrounds helps to create a dynamic environment in which to conduct advanced architectural studies as well as meet the professional requisites of the discipline. The program offers a number of options, including study abroad, specialized studios with a variety of faculty, and the opportunity to do an independent project.

Graduate Publication

Read more about our graduate program and see photos of past student projects in the 2013 publication CODA.

Application Requirements

Anyone applying for admission to the Master of Architecture program must meet the following requirements.

Download a PDF file detailing these requirements.

Double Degrees

We are pleased to offer the unique opportunity for you to pursue a double degree between our MArch and programs within and outside the College of Design. Earn the MArch and a second degree simultaneously while maintaining the high standards of both programs. In many cases, the time to degree completion is lengthened only by one or two semesters.

STEM Designation

Our graduate programs in architecture (Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture) have been officially designated as STEM degree programs (CIP code 04.0902). With this new designation — which refers to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) — international MArch and MS in Architecture graduates are eligible to extend their F-1 visas for up to three years after graduation in order to work in the United States.


For more information on our graduate programs in architecture, please contact:
Meredith Foley, Graduate Recruitment Coordinator
Doug Spencer, Director of Graduate Education

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