School of Architecture

master of architecture

The purpose of the Master of Architecture degree program is to educate toward ultimate leadership positions within the profession of architecture. Within a broad curriculum, design as a discipline and a process is emphasized. Students are encouraged to give rich visual and material substance to both theoretical and pragmatic ideas. The context for design at the UT-Arlington focuses on the contemporary urban condition, a viewpoint especially appropriate for a school at the heart of a diverse, expanding, and internationally oriented region like Dallas/Fort Worth.

There are three distinct programs of study in architecture, which provide options to graduate students with different backgrounds and needs. Path A requires approximately 3-1/2 years, Path B two years, and Path C one year.

Path A

Path A is for applicants who hold a degree but do not meet the minimum requirements of a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.

A minimum of 104 credit hours in architectural design, theory, and practice is required of Path A candidates for the professional degree in architecture (M.Arch). Due to the rigor of the program (not unlike any other professional school-law or medicine), students entering this program are advised to discontinue outside employment.

Advancement in Professional Degree Program Path A is predicated upon successful and timely completion of required coursework as well as an annual review of the student’s portfolio of design work by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Architecture Program.

In addition to completing an introductory curriculum beginning in the fall of the first semester of enrollment, students must also complete the Path B core curriculum of 39 credit hours. The core curriculum of this course of study is ARCH 5325, 5326, 5329, 5331, and 24 hours of advanced studio. Students approved by the Committee on Graduate Studies to substitute a design thesis for the last semester of the required studio sequence must also take ARCH 5363 prior to enrollment in ARCH 5693.

Electives must include at least one course from each of the following categories of courses offered by the school: (a) history and theory (b) technology and practice, and (c) allied disciplines (landscape architecture, urban design, housing, and interior design).

Path B

Path B is for applicants who hold a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university.

A minimum of 54 credit hours is required for the thesis option or 57 for the design thesis and advanced studio options.

The core curriculum for this course of study is ARCH 5325, 5326, 5329, 5333, 18 hours of advanced studio, and 5693 or 5698 or advanced studio. Students in design thesis option must take ARCH 5363 prior to enrollment in ARCH 5693.

Electives must include at least one course from each of the following categories of courses offered by the School of Architecture: (a) history and theory (b) technology and practice and (c) allied disciplines (landscape architecture, urban design, housing, and interior design).

Advanced Standing

Students desiring a second professional degree may apply for advanced standing in the Path B Program.

Path C

Path C is for applicants who hold a five-year professional degree in architecture (B.Arch) or a four-year degree in architecture and acceptable professional experience including registration.

Thirty credit hours are required of student s in Path C with thesis while 33 hours will be required of students with design thesis or advanced studio options.

A minimum of 18 hours is required in architectural program courses including six hours of history/theory as well as thesis, design thesis, or advanced studio. Students are also required to take an advanced studio which may be waived by student request if design proficiency or equivalent experience has been demonstrated. The remainder of the work will be arranged with and approved by the Graduate Advisor to suit the interests of the student. Courses of study provide for an area of specialization or for advanced general studies.

Degree Requirements

The applicant must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School. A personal interview with the Graduate Adviser is recommended, and letters of reference are required. Applicants who hold a degree but do not meet the minimum requirements of a Bachelor of Science in Architecture should apply for the Path A program. Applicants to the professional degree programs Paths B and C must submit a portfolio of work for evaluation by the School.

Undergraduate students must have approval of the Graduate Advisor prior to enrollment in graduate courses. All graduate students in architecture are required to consult the Graduate Advisor for approval of their final program of work during their final semester prior to graduation. Check with the graduate school for deadlines (call 817-272-2688).

visiting faculty

Visiting faculty members are an integral part of the graduate program at UT-Arlington. Noted teachers from other schools in the U.S. and abroad as well as distinguished practicing architects offer advanced design studios each year. Thus, students have access to both a core of permanent faculty members and a changing spectrum of approaches and values. In addition to on-campuss course work, graduate students may study and travel abroad as an integrated part of the curriculum. The School maintains semester-long, full-credit student exchanges during the academic year with architecture schools at the Universities of Barcelona (Spain), Lund (Sweden), and Innsbruck (Austria). During the summer, there are full-credit travel programs to Rome, Florence, and Verona.