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Master of Architecture (MARCH +3)

The Master of Architecture [MARCH +3] is a three year professional degree focused on architectural design and practice. The degree is accredited through the National Architectural Accrediting Board(NAAB). Please visit the Accreditation page to learn more.

This program is dedicated to critical inquiry and the professional discipline of architecture. With a two year (five semester) core studio sequence followed by a culminating year (two semester) focused on cutting edge research and experimentation, the curriculum has focused and cumulative thematic sequence of: conceptualization (fall year 1); materialization (spring year 1); fabrication (summer year 1 design build); contextualization (fall year 2); synthetization (spring year 2); globalization (optional summer year 2); individuation (fall year 3); and assertion (spring year 3). Beginning with a core studio sequence with integrated history and theory; technology of materials and assemblies, structures, and environmental and sustainable systems; and professional practice; the core sequence is augmented by a large selection of topical studios, global studies, elective seminars and a culminating yearlong master’s project. This curricular flexibility allows for concentrations in Media + Fabrication, Sustainable Architecture and Urban Systems.

MARCH +3 Degree Plan

The professional Master of Architecture (MARCH +3) degree is a STEM designated professional degree program for students without previous degrees in architecture.

The seven semester program consists of 99 academic credits that include the course work described below. Some students may have already taken university courses meeting or exceeding the requirements described below. For such students, the curriculum may be modified by substitution of electives for courses previously taken at another institution. The appropriate area coordinator and the Director of Graduate Studies must approve any General Petitions for substitutions in the degree plan. Students with deficiencies may be required to undertake additional course work.

Students must obtain approval of their individual degree plan before the conclusion of the first semester of enrollment.

SAMPLE MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE +3 CURRICULUM

YEAR 1

Semester 1 — Fall Core

[CONCEPTUALIZATION]

Design Studio I (6600)

6 Units

Visual Studies I (6301) - PRE-TERM

3 Units

Visual Studies II (6302)

3 Units

Environmental Technology I (6A20)

​​​​1.5 Units

Construction Technology I (6A22)

1.5 Units

 

Survey of Architectural History l (6340)

3 Units

 

Fall Total:​​​​​

18 Units

 

Semester 2 — Spring Core

[MATERIALIZATION]

Design Studio II (6601) 

6 Units

Contemporary Theory and Criticism (6357)​​​

3 Units

Environmental Technology II (6A21)

​​​​1.5 Units

Construction Technology II (6A23)

1.5 Units

Survey of Architectural History II (6341)

3 Units

Spring Total:​​​​​

15 Units

 

Semester 3 — Summer Core

[FABRICATION]

Graduate Design Build Workshop (6602)

6 Units

Visual Studies III (6303)

3 Units

Summer Total:​​​​​

9 Units


YEAR 2

Semester 4 — Fall Core

[CONTEXTUALIZATION]

Design Studio III (6603) 

6 Units

Visual Studies IV (6304)

3 Units

Environmental Technology III (6A48)

​​​​1.5 Units

Construction Technology III (6A50)

1.5 Units

Modern Architecture and Urbanism (6359)

3 Units

Fall Total:​​​​​

15 Units

 

Semester 5— Spring Core

[SYNTHESIZATION]

Design Studio IV (6604)

6 Units

Environmental Technology IV (6A49)

1.5 Units

Construction Technology IV (6A51)

​​​​1.5 Units

Urban Determinants (6376)

3 Units

Elective​​​​ (Architecture)​​​ *

3 Units

Spring Total:​​​​​

15 Units

YEAR 3

Semester 6 — Fall

[INDIVIDUATION]

Design Studio V (7600) 

6 Units

Master Project Prep (6393)​​​

3 Units

Professional Practice (6360)

​​​​3 Units

Integrated Practice (6361)

3 Units

Fall Total:​​​​​

15 Units

 

Semester 7 — Spring

[ASSERTION]

Design Studio VI –Master Project (6604)

6 Units

Elective (Architecture)​​​ *

3 Units

Elective​​​​ (Architectural History) *

​​​​3 Units

Spring Total:​​​​​

12 Units

 

Total Degree Requirements

99 Units 


*Courses must be selected with a graduate academic advisor and with the approval of the director of Graduate Studies.

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