Architecture, MArch

The Master of Architecture Professional Degree is a comprehensive and rigorous program, preparing graduates for the full range of activities in the profession. An intensive sequence in Design Studios constitutes the focus of the program. Thorough training is also provided in history, theory, technology, ecology, society, and professional practice. Studios and courses are supported by a rigorous program in visual studies that develops skills in digital and new media. At the upper levels of the program students establish individual trajectories by selecting from a range of elective studios and courses with leading figures in design, technology and theory. The final year culminates in advanced design studios that include research directed by leading designers as well as the option of an independent thesis. Summer programs abroad and studios based in other countries provide opportunities for international studies. The program aims to develop critical, creative and independent thinking that realizes potentials within an ever-changing world. The Master of Architecture degree is a professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and is a STEM designated program.

Students who hold a five-year professional Bachelor of Architecture degree or its equivalent are not eligible to apply to the Master of Architecture program. They are encouraged to look into one of the post-professional Master of Science in Design degree programs.

The Master of Architecture Program may be combined with certificate programs offered in the Weitzman School of Design.


A total of 29 course units are required for graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCourse Units
ARCH 501 Design Studio I 2
ARCH 511 History and Theory I 1
ARCH 521 Visual Studies I 0.5
ARCH 531 Construction I 0.5
ARCH 535 Structures I 0.5
 Course Units4.50
ARCH 502 Design Studio II 2
ARCH 512 History and Theory II 1
ARCH 522 Visual Studies II 0.5
ARCH 532 Construction II 1
ARCH 536 Structures II 0.5
 Course Units5.00
Second Year
ARCH 601 Design Studio III 2
ARCH 611 History and Theory III 1
ARCH 621 Visual Studies III 0.5
ARCH 631 Technology Case Studies I 0.5
ARCH 633 Environmental Systems I .5
 Course Units4.50
ARCH 602 Design Studio IV 2
ARCH 671 Professional Practice I .5
ARCH 634 Environmental Systems II 0.5
ARCH 636 Material Formations 1
Elective I 1
 Course Units5.00
Third Year
ARCH 701 Studio V 2
ARCH 771 Professional Practice II 1
Elective II 1
Elective III 1
 Course Units5.00
ARCH 704 Advanced Design: Research Studio 2
Technology Designated Elective: 1
Technology Designated Elective  
Technology Designated Elective
and Technology Designated Elective
Elective IV 1
Elective V 1
 Course Units5.00
 Total Course Units29.00

Note: ARCH 500 cannot be applied as credit towards the 29 course units required for the Master of Architecture degree.

Course Waivers

In some instances, students with a specialized background in a subject will be given permission to waive a required course. A course waiver waives the course requirement NOT the total course units to complete the degree.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.