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M. Arch 2+

Course Description

The M. Arch 2+ graduate program enables students with diverse undergraduate backgrounds to work toward the NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture professional degree. The program varies in length, from two-and-a-half to four years, depending on the student’s academic background. Upon completion of requisite undergraduate coursework, students follow the two-year Master of Architecture professional degree program of study. To earn this degree, students need to complete up to 68 hours of undergraduate credit (depending upon undergraduate courses previously taken) and 54 hours of graduate credit.

The Illinois School of Architecture offers an NAAB accredited professional M. Arch 2+ degree program designed for students holding a bachelor’s degree in a field other than architecture, or in architecture but not equivalent to a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Students develop an individualized curriculum in consultation with their advisor resulting in a program that varies in length from two-and-a-half to four years. Upon completion of requisite background course work lasting between one semester and two years, students enrolled in the M. Arch 2+ degree program follow the M. Arch program of study. The M. Arch 2+ program brings together students with diverse backgrounds to explore and grapple with the complexities of the environment and innovate through the design process.

To be eligible for admission to the M. Arch 2+ degree program, the student must have by the term of enrollment:

1) Earned a four-year, baccalaureate degree

2) Completed one calculus class equivalent to U of I MATH 220, five semester hours

Upon enrollment in the M. Arch 2+ program, students are encouraged to affiliate with faculty through the school’s program areas. These program areas provide opportunities for focused study and degree concentrations. Program areas address a wide range of comprehensive design and research topics.

Current Areas of Focused Study:
Health + Well-being
Detail + Fabrication
Sustainable Technologies
Systems Optimization
Building Structures
Preservation + Heritage
Architectural History

Students may also elect to develop expertise in architecture and an allied field by enrolling in one of the school’s joint degrees. These programs allow students to earn two graduate degrees in less time than earning each degree separately.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have earned at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college in the United States or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for last two years of undergraduate study is a minimum requirement for admission. If your undergraduate study is longer than 4 years, additional semesters may be used to calculate the admission GPA. Please note that proposed programs of study may require a higher GPA than the Graduate College's minimum standard.

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