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The MArch is an accredited professional degree program at ASU. There are two programs of study available. The two-year program is for applicants who have completed the four-year BSD in architectural studies at ASU or an equivalent degree from another school that offers an accredited professional degree in architecture. The three-plus-year program for applicants with an undergraduate degree in a discipline or field other than architecture
Both programs promote broad areas of knowledge, professional skill and a social awareness that the architect must command if architecture is to enhance contemporary life and remain an enduring and valid expression of society.
The 3+ program offers great opportunities for students; see what our students are saying
Design & the Arts, Herberger Institute for
The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.
Online applications are open through September 15, 2018 to January 15, 2019 for the following programs: MArch 2-year; MArch 3+; MIA 2-year; MIA 3+; MID 2-year; MID 3+; MLA 2-year; MLA 3+; MSBE; MSD; MUD; MVCD 2-year; and MVCD 3+.
Summer Admission: MArch 3+ programs only admit students to the summer term.
Fall Admission: MArch 2- year programs only admit students for the fall semester.
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.
Learn more about your financial aid options.
Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)
Students who live outside of Arizona may be eligible for in-state tuition, find out if you qualify.
Students in their first year of the two-year program or second year of the 3+ program may apply to study two graduate programs concurrently. The curricula has been designed to allow for most of our programs to be taken simultaneously. Please note that MArch students have the opportunity to apply to the W.P. Carey School of Business to study for a Master of Business Administration concurrently with their MArch degree. We work to try to reduce the length of time for both degrees to save students a year of time and tuition fees. Students with two Master degrees have increased professional opportunities and great marketability. If the concurrent option is taken, this will extend the graduate program by a minimum of one year.
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 to locations such as Australia, South America, Europe, and Asia among others. This offers students the opportunity to experience a foreign 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 Global Engagement Studios are not discipline specific, which grants students the opportunity to collaborate with, and learn from fellow Design School students who are from a different design discipline. 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.
Master of Architecture Two-year Program (MArch)
Master of Architecture Three-plus Program (MArch 3+)
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:
Our next accreditation visit for all programs: 2018
More information about architecture accreditation.
Students completing a 2–year or 3+ graduate degree program in the following studio based disciplines are required to complete a summer internship: Architecture, Interior Architecture, Industrial Design, Landscape Architecture, and Visual Communication Design. The internship takes place during the last summer that precedes the final year of the graduate program.
Learn more about about internships.
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.
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.
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.