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Do you want to be a part of designing a more sustainable and innovative future? Join our community of faculty, professionals and brilliant students! A degree in architecture can prepare you to become a leader in the future of the building industry and beyond.

The MArch degree program is designed for students interested in:

  • design and construction of beautiful new spaces and buildings
  • design and analysis of economically and ecologically sustainable built environments and communities
  • digital design and prototyping of innovative new building systems and technologies
  • research and advocacy for new definitions of the expansive public role of architects in professional practice and broader civic dialogue

The Master of Architecture is an accredited professional degree program at ASU. The architecture program has been educating aspiring architects, as well as other professionals involved in the construction of cities and the broader built environment since the 1950s. The program has matured to include undergraduate and graduate degrees with a focus on designing for a sustainable and innovative future.

The curriculum has been designed specifically for students to be able to leverage other majors at ASU. Students can pursue concurrent options such as sustainability, real estate development, construction management, interior design, landscape architecture and many more.

At A Glance

Architecture, MArch

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete this graduate level program.

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Admission

Application Procedures and Requirements

Application period

Online applications are open September 15 with a priority deadline of January 15 for the following programs: MArch 2-year; MArch 3-year; MIA 2-year; MIA 3+; MID 2-year; MID 3+; MLA 2-year; MLA 3-year; MS.Arch; MSD; MUD; MVCD 2-year; and MVCD 3+.

Fall Admission: MArch 2- year and MArch 3-year programs only admit students for the fall semester. We accept applications until July 15th. Any applicant who would like to apply after these deadlines is welcome to contact designgrad@asu.edu.

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Paying for College

Teaching and Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships are appointed each term to a select number of graduate students who are excelling in The Design School. Learn more about teaching assistantships including eligibility and application details.

Financial Aid

Learn more about your financial aid options.

Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

Students who live outside of Arizona may be eligible for 150% in-state tuition, find out if you qualify.

Degree requirements

Required Core (42 credit hours)
ARC 501 Advanced Architecture Studio I (6)
ARC 502 Advanced Architecture Studio II (6)
ARC 522 Advanced Architecture Technology I (3)
ARC 531 Advanced Architecture History (3)
ARC 532 Architectural Theory I (3)
ARC 541 Advanced Architecture Representation (3)
ARC 601 Advanced Architecture Studio III (6)
ARC 621 Advanced Architecture Technology II (3)
ARC 632 Architectural Theory II (3)
ARC 651 Architecture Research (3)
ARC 662 Architectural Practice (3)

Culminating Experience (6 credit hours)
ARC 602 Advanced Architectural Studio IV (6)

Additional Curriculum Information
The culminating experience course is a final design studio with a written component, taken under guidance of studio faculty and industry professionals.

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. a portfolio, letter of intent and contact information of two references submitted via SlideRoom (https://asudesign.slideroom.com)
  4. proof of English proficiency

Additional Admission Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency. 

Admission Requirements to the Two-Year Pathway:
Applicants must have completed a four-year Bachelor of Science degree with a major in architectural studies or similar pre-professional degree in architecture. The undergraduate degree must be granted by an institution that is recognized by ASU and offers a National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) accredited degree program in architecture.

Admission Requirements to the Three-Year Pathway:
Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate or graduate degree in any field other than architectural studies.

Deficiency Coursework:
If a student is assigned any deficiency coursework by the academic unit upon admission depending on the undergraduate background, those courses must be completed with a grade of "B" (3.00) or higher before completing the master's program required coursework.

 

Admission Requirements

 

Master of Architecture Two-year Program (MArch)

  • Applicants must have completed a four-year Bachelor of Science degree with a major in architectural studies or similar pre-professional degree in architecture. The undergraduate degree must be granted by an institution that is recognized by ASU and offers a National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) accredited degree program in architecture.
  • Applicants must meet the minimum GPA requirements as established by Graduate College. A 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) is preferred, but students with a GPA less than the minimum requirement may still receive consideration if they have supporting evidence of creative work, significant work experience, or other indicators of their potential to succeed in the program. Particular emphasis is placed on the last two years of the applicant's undergraduate GPA record.
  • Applicants to the MArch program are encouraged to report GRE scores, especially if the applicant’s background is broad or other than a traditional design major, but it is not required.
  • Students must enroll in the semester for which they are admitted. The MArch program commences in the fall semester of each year.
  • Applicants may be admitted to the two-year program with deficiencies if their previous course work is not equivalent to the ASU undergraduate requirements and standards. Deficiencies must be completed prior to taking the required course(s) if necessary.
  • A personal interview is not required; however, a candidate wishing to visit the school is welcome and should make arrangements by contacting designgrad@asu.edu.
  • Applicants to The Design School graduate programs are required to complete a two-step application process. Applicants must submit the Graduate College application as well as The Design School SlideRoom application.  For complete information on how to apply, please view the steps to apply on the admissions page. 

 

Master of Architecture Three-year Program (MArch 3)

  • Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate or graduate degree in any field other than architectural studies. 
  • Applicants must meet the minimum GPA requirements as established by Graduate College. A 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) is preferred, but students with a GPA less than the minimum requirement may still receive consideration if they have supporting evidence of creative work, significant work experience, or other indicators of their potential to succeed in the program. Particular emphasis is placed on the last two years of the applicant's undergraduate GPA record.
  • Applicants to the MArch program are encouraged to report GRE scores, especially if the applicant’s background is broad or other than a traditional design major, but it is not required.
  • Students must enroll in the semester for which they are admitted. The MArch 3-year program commences in the fall session of each year.
  • A personal interview is not required; however, a candidate wishing to visit the school is welcome and should make arrangements by contacting designgrad@asu.edu.
  • Applicants to The Design School graduate programs are required to complete a two-step application process. Applicants must submit the Graduate Education application as well as The Design School SlideRoom application.  For complete information on how to apply, please view the steps to apply on the admissions page. 

 

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Accreditation

In the United States, most 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 professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The Design School in the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

  • MArch (pre-professional degree + 48 graduate credits)
  • MArch 3-year (non-pre-professional degree + 72 credits)

Our next accreditation visit for all programs: 2022

More information about architecture accreditation.

Please visit the ASU Professional Licensure website for information on licensure surrounding this and other ASU programs.

STEM Designation

Effective Spring 2018, the Master of Architecture (M.Arch) program has the approved CIP code 04.0902, which makes the program a recognized STEM degree program. STEM designation makes M.Arch students at ASU eligible for STEM specific Scholarships, OPT extension for International Students, and expanded GI benefits for Student Veterans.

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M.Arch 2-Year

M.Arch 3-Year

Global Engagement Studios

The graduate program curriculum encompasses a travel studio which is completed in the fall semester of the final year. Students travel all over the world for the opportunity to experience a foreign place or country for one week at the beginning of the fall semester. This trip is faculty led and the cost is inclusive within tuition fees.  The benefit of this experience to our graduate students is invaluable. To hear what our students are saying about the Global Engagement Studios and their experience view this video.

Internships

Students completing a 2–year or 3-year graduate degree program in the following studio-based disciplines are required to complete an internship: Architecture, Interior Architecture, Industrial Design, Landscape Architecture, and Visual Communication Design. The internship typically takes place during the last summer that precedes the final year of the graduate program.

Learn more about internships.

Professional Organizations

Professional organizations serve as the public face for their respective professions, providing information to the general public about disciplinary practice and its role in improving the well-being of communities, promoting design excellence through the recognition of notable professional achievements, supporting the exchange of ideas and information about best practices between professional members through the development of conferences and through the support of opportunities for continuing education.

Learn more about professional organizations.

Student Organizations

Joining a discipline-specific student organization is a great way to help your long-term career plans and goals. Membership can add to your academic experience by building a portfolio, making important connections, networking, and engaging with local and national professional communities.

Learn more about student organizations.

 

 

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What are Concurrent Programs at ASU?

Students pursuing concurrent degrees earn two distinct degrees and receive two diplomas. ASU offers students two ways to earn concurrent degrees: by choosing a predetermined combination or creating their own combination. Predetermined combinations have a single admissions application and one easy to follow major map. To add a concurrent degree to your existing degree, work with your academic advisor. Either way, concurrent degrees allow students to pursue their own personal or professional interests.

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