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Master of Architecture — Career Change

The Master of Architecture career change program at Texas A&M University teaches you to think like an architect. During this fast-paced program, you’ll leverage your unique background as you dive into the architectural discipline. 

After completing this program, you will enter the professional Master of Architecture program that will prepare you to become a licensed architect.

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About the Program

The career change program is designed for students with non-architecture related degrees who wish to pursue architecture. Our intensive introductory curriculum teaches foundational architectural knowledge over the course of four semesters (two summer semesters and two long semesters). 

Students who successfully complete the program will begin the Master of Architecture curriculum. 

Areas of Emphasis

  • Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Construction
  • Structural Systems
  • Environmental Control Systems
  • Architectural History


The career change program requires 41 hours of class credit. It’s completed over the course of a 3-week summer introduction course, and a fall, spring, and summer semester.

Summer Semester (Introduction to Architecture) 3 credit hours
ARCH 600 Special Topic – Introduction to Architecture and Urban Design 3
Fall Semester 15 credit hours
ARCH 601 Design Foundations I 6 credit hours
ARCH 610 Visual Communications 3 credit hours
ARCH 612 Structural and Environmental Technology Concepts 3 credit hours
ARCH 350 History of Modern Architecture 3 credit hours
Spring Semester 15 credit hours
ARCH 602 Design Foundations II 6 credit hours
ARCH 614 Elements of Architectural Structures 3 credit hours
ARCH 615 Elements of Environmental Control Systems 3 credit hours
ARCH 249 Survey of Architectural History I 3 credit hours
Summer Semester 9 credit hours
ARCH 603 Design Foundations III 6 credit hours
ARCH 250 Survey of Architectural History III 3 credit hours

Course Descriptions in the Graduate Catalogue

Course Descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalogue


Admission to our career change program is offered to students with a bachelor’s degree wishing to enter the architecture field.

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FAQ about the admission process

What do you look for in an applicant?

We look for applicants with a bachelor’s degree who show a capacity and passion for work in the architecture field.

How can I prepare for the program?

We recommend you have sufficient preparation in math and physics.

Is a portfolio required to apply?

A portfolio displaying creative abilities and/or interest in architecture is optional and may include:

  • Reproductions of the applicant’s drawings, artwork, or other examples of ability for graphic expression;
  • Articles, essays, or papers prepared by the applicant on design or environmental topics; and
  • Illustrations from the applicant’s work experience in architecture or related fields.
How does the admission process work?

Submit your application at Texas A&M GradCas along with a non-refundable application fee. The fee may be waived only in exceptional cases for low-income applicants and McNair Scholars.

Your application should include the following:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended
  • 3 letters of recommendation (academic references preferred)
  • Comprehensive Goals statement
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • Optional academic/professional portfolio

Read more about the Master of Architecture Career Change application requirements.

What’s the next step after I complete the program?
  • Students enter the professional Master of Architecture program following the Career Change program. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and submit a portfolio of your work to be considered for admission. In some cases, the Department of Architecture may require students to complete additional prerequisite courses before entering the professional program.
What are the admissions deadlines?

In general, the university application deadlines should be observed. Students wishing to be considered for financial assistance should submit all application materials to the university and department by 15 January for fall admissions.

What kinds of financial aid does the program offer?

We offer competitive recruiting scholarships upon admission.

Who can I go to for questions?

All curricular inquiries regarding the Master of Architecture program should be directed to Ahmed Ali.

All inquiries regarding application or admission to the Master of Architecture program should be directed to Ginger White, graduate academic advisor, at

FAQ about the Career Change program

How can I prepare academically for the career change program?

Applicants wishing to improve their chances for admission or to avoid the need for taking prerequisite courses should be proficient in math and physics.

What are the prerequisites for applying to the career change program?

Students must possess a 4-year bachelor’s degree. You may be assigned additional prerequisites depending on your proficiency level in the required coursework.

Do you offer the program online?

No, our master’s programs are offered face-to-face only.

How long will this program take to complete?

This program will be completed over the course of a 3-week summer introduction, and a fall, spring, and summer semester.