Architecture Joint Degrees

Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Architectural Studies

The School of Architecture offers a joint Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)/Master of Science in Architectural Studies (MS in AS) degree program for students interested in pursuing both an M.Arch. degree as well as one of the concentrations offered through the MS in AS degree program. Completion of in-depth programs (e.g. Structures) will result in recording of the Concentration on the student's transcript under the MS in AS degree. Per Graduate College guidelines, students in a joint degree program are permitted to count up to 12 hours of course work from one degree as electives toward the second degree.

Students interested in participating in the joint M.Arch./MS in AS degree program must be admitted to and meet all requirements of each degree program and complete a minimum of 82 credit hours of graduate work. Students with no undergraduate degrees in architecture and participating in the four-year M.Arch. degree program may petition to enter the joint M.Arch./MS in AS degree program upon completion of their required undergraduate courses. 

The M.Arch. degree is a professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAP), but the MS in AS degree is not accredited.

Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning

This joint degree program offers an opportunity to obtain an education for a career that combines the disciplines of architecture and urban planning. For entry into this program, applicants must satisfy the admission requirements of each academic unit. Application for admission may be made either simultaneously to both units or in sequence.

Candidates entering the program with a four-year baccalaureate in architectural studies must complete at least 86 hours of graduate work (54 in Architecture and 32 in Urban Planning) and, if admitted with full status, may complete the program in six semesters and one summer session. Candidates entering the program with a five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree must complete at least 64 hours of graduate work (32 in Architecture and 32 in Urban Planning) and, if admitted with full status, may complete the program in four semesters and a summer session.

Master of Architecture and Master of Business Administration

This joint master’s degree program prepares graduate degree candidates for the broad range of management activity now developing in architectural practice.

For entry into this program, applicants must satisfy the admission and performance requirements of each academic unit. Application for admission may be made simultaneously to both units or admission to one unit may be sought after gaining entry to the other.

Candidates entering the Master of Architecture/Master of Business Administration joint degree program with a four-year baccalaureate in architectural studies must complete 110 hours of graduate work, 50 hours in Architecture and 60 hours for the M.B.A.

Master of Architecture and Master of Computer Science

This joint master’s degree program prepares graduate degree candidates for the broad range of management activity now developing in architectural practice.

For entry into this program, applicants must satisfy the admission and performance requirements of each academic unit. Application for admission may be made simultaneously to both units or admission to one unit may be sought after gaining entry to the other.

The combination of Master of Architecture and Master of Computer Science degrees requires 74 graduate hours if no prerequisites are needed in computer science. Candidates entering either of these programs with a five-year bachelor of architecture degree must complete at least 64 hours of graduate work and, if admitted with full status, may complete the program in four semesters.

Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Construction Management) or (Structures)

This joint degree program offers qualified applicants the opportunity to develop competence in a career that combines the disciplines of architecture and civil engineering (construction management) or (structures). For entry into these programs, applicants must satisfy the admission and performance requirements of each academic unit. Application for admission should be made to the School of Architecture. Admission to the other unit may be sought after the first semester of graduate study in architecture.

Candidates entering the program with a four-year baccalaureate in architectural studies must complete at least 78 (32 in Civil Engineering and 46 in Architecture) hours of graduate work and, if admitted with full status, may complete the program in five semesters. Candidates entering the program with a five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree must complete 64 hours of graduate work and, if admitted with full status, may complete the program in four semesters.