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Master of Arts in Architecture 

Overview

The M.A. program of the Department is designed for students who already have an undergraduate degree in Architecture or a related discipline, and want to get in-depth knowledge in one or more areas of architectural research. Students may come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds.  It is expected, however, that most will enter the program with some experience and knowledge in Architecture, or a closely related discipline.

It is a research-based academic program for individuals who are interested in exploring various approaches in analyzing the built environment. All of our Ph.D. students are admitted as MA students, and get their MA degrees after finishing their Comprehensive Oral Exams en route to PhD. However, students enrolled in our MA program cannot directly continue to our Ph.D. program. They must seek admission to the Ph.D. Program before graduating with an MA degree to avoid losing any credit hours.

Program Requirements 

Our M.A. students need to complete at least 36 credit hours of course work to get their degree. The course work includes 12 hours of foundation courses, 12 hours of courses in a major area of research, 6 hours of guided study leading to a comprehensive exam, and a research thesis or a final project.

The foundation courses include two required courses in theories and methods of architectural inquiry and two graduate level courses in any two of the following five areas of research:

  • Health and Wellness
  • History/Theory
  • Public Interest
  • Technology/Practice
  • Urban/Social Issues

In addition to the foundation courses, each student must complete a minimum of 12 graduate hours in a sequence of courses in one of the five areas of concentrations listed above. A minimum of 6 of these hours must be taken in one of the established concentrations in the Department. With the consent of the student’s Major Professor and the approval of the M.A./Ph.D. Committee of the Department, the student may take a maximum of 6 hours of graduate credit in course work outside the Design. 6 hours in the 36-hour course of study are composed of guided studies to prepare for a final written examination, and another 6 hours are composed of coursework in which the student prepares a thesis or a project in the student’s area of research concentration.


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