graduate admission requirements
Master of Architecture Path A Program
This path 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).
Master of Architecture Path B Program
This path 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© allied disciplines (landscape architecture, urban design, housing, and interior design).
Students desiring a 2nd professional degree may apply for advanced standing in the Path B Program.
Master of Architecture Path C Program
This path 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.
Master of Landscape Architecture
Applicants must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School. A personal interview with the Director, Graduate Advisor or members of the landscape architecture faculty is recommended. Three letters of recommendation are required, and it is suggested that at least two of the letters come from former educators or academic contacts. Applicants also are required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE.) Average GRE scores of successful applicants since 1998 have been approximately 1100. Also required is a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 as calculated by the Graduate School. Applicants holding first professional degrees in landscape architecture, or degrees related to landscape architecture (such as architecture, engineering, environmental design, horticulture, interior design, planning and the like,) are required to submit portfolios reflecting the applicants’ professional and/or academic experiences and interests. Portfolios are assessed according to proficiency in design, presentation and layout, technical skills, and content, similar to criteria used in design studios. Applicants who have a weakness in one of the criteria for admission can enhance their credentials with strengths in the remaining criteria. Applicants can be admitted according to four conditions: Unconditional; Provisional; Probationary; and, Deferred. Applicants who do not meet the criteria of one of these conditions will be denied admission to the program.
Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program. Transcripts from all previous college or university work, along with scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE,) and three letters of recommendation, are required of all applicants. In addition, applicants should have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0, as calculated by the Graduate School. Applicants holding the first professional degree in landscape architecture, or a related field, must submit a portfolio.
Those who have submitted their application forms, but whose packets are incomplete, can be admitted provisionally if their GPA meets minimum requirements, and if the program and the Graduate School have received official transcripts. In this case, incomplete materials could include letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and/or portfolios.
Those who have weaknesses in no more than two of the Degree Requirements (letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and GPA,) can be admitted on Probation, with the condition that they make no less than a B in the first 12 hours of coursework in landscape architecture. Such students must complete no fewer than 9 credits during the semester in which they are on Probation.
Those who have weaknesses in no more than two of the Degree Requirements (letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and GPA,) and/or who have not submitted all of the materials required for Unconditional Admission, can have their applications deferred for one semester, until outstanding requirements and criteria are met.
International Student Admission
International applicants must meet the Degree Requirements (letters of recommendation, GRE scores and GPA,) and must be admitted in one of the admission categories described above. In addition, applicants whose native language is not English must have a demonstrated speaking ability in English, and they must meet the program’s minimum required score of 575, or the equivalent score on the computer based test, on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). International applicants who do not meet the program’s minimum TOEFL score, must complete extramural training in English, as approved by the program and the Graduate School.
The National Architectural Accrediting Board explains the accreditation policy:
"In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes two types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture and the Master of Architecture. A program may be granted a five-year, three-year or two-year term of accreditation, depending on its degree of conformance with established educational standards.
"Master’s degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree which, when earned sequentially, comprise an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree."
The complete NAAB Conditions for Accreditation, including Student Performance Criteria, can be found on the NAAB website at www.naab.org.