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Master of Architecture

Course Description

The Illinois School of Architecture offers an NAAB accredited two-year professional M. Arch degree program for students holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture or its equivalent. Integrating theoretical and technical competencies, the program nurtures future professionals through a comprehensive and flexible core curriculum. Students learn to analyze complex environments and propose innovative design solutions to the world's most urgent problems.

Students develop a specialized professional focus in one of the school’s program areas or craft their own focus through courses within our college and across campus. Students may also elect to enroll in one of the school’s joint degree programs. The school, located within the context of a world-class research university, gives students the opportunity to work with faculty in an atmosphere of scholarship and innovation.

The Illinois School of Architecture is committed to developing students with an informed worldview through global and local engagement. These opportunities develop students with a truly global and social perspective on architecture and the built environment, a critical quality of tomorrow's design professionals.

The Master of Architecture or M. Arch degree is the professional degree in architecture at the Illinois School of Architecture for those applicants who will have earned a B.S. in Architecture or its equivalent by June of the year they intend to enroll. This degree is accredited by NAAB and is available for those students who want to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to practice architecture professionally and who intend to sit for NCARB’s Architectural Registration Exam. The program consists of a two-year course of study including design studios, required course work, and electives. To earn this degree, students must complete a total of 62 hours of graduate credit.

We invite graduate students in the Illinois School of Architecture 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
Systems Optimization
Building Structures
Preservation + Heritage
Sustainable Technologies

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

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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