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Master of Architecture

The Master of Architecture at Texas A&M University prepares students to become licensed architects. Through this program, you will develop a specialty within the built environment through the lens of practice.

Our program will challenge you to think creatively and critically as you address design problems on various scales. You will synthesize ecological, technological, social, behavioral, and aesthetic contexts and constraints into healthy, sustainable human and natural environments.

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About the Program

The Master of Architecture is an accredited degree that prepares students to practice architecture on a professional level.

The field of Architecture synthesizes ecological, technological, social, behavioral, and aesthetic contexts and constraints into healthy sustainable human and natural environments. The graduate program provides an opportunity to examine the past, equip for the present, and prepare for future challenges in Architecture. 

Our Master of Architecture program lets students explore a range of professional directions related to faculty expertise. Our faculty’s breadth and depth of knowledge allows students to engage with the discipline of architecture at an impactful level.

Faculty members encourage students to develop their own individual course of study, blending architectural design; history, theory, and criticism; design computation; and interior architecture. You will complete your education by creating a final study design project with a strong scholarly basis. Your final study project will exhibit a clear understanding of the integration of both the discipline and practice of architecture.

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Careers

The Master of Architecture program provides graduates with the required educational background to enter the professional practice of architecture. Students who wish to become a licensed architect must gain professional experience and pass a licensing examination.

Other career directions include:


Curriculum

The Master of Architecture degree program requires 55 credit hours, typically completed over the course of two years. A total of 25 credit hours of specialization courses, including 12 elective credit hours, allows you to structure a program of study related to your area of emphasis. During your second semester of study, you will develop a degree plan tailored to your career aspirations.

The Master of Architecture curriculum produces conceptual comprehension and technical competency in the design of buildings and environments by weaving together five constituent trajectories: 

Integral within these woven trajectories is the:

Master of Architecture Curriculum Diagram
Year 1 30 credit hours

Fall Semester – 15 credit hours

ARCH 605 Architectural Design I 6 credit hours
Application of verbal, graphic, research, critical thinking and fundamental design skills to architectural projects that emphasize design theory, systems of ordering in architecture and urban design, use of precedents, site and contextual issues; includes program development and concerns for public health, safety and welfare. Core design studio for professional degree candidates.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification in architecture or approval of instructor.
ARCH 633 Applied Architectural Systems 3 credit hours
Building energy consumption patterns and conservation strategies; natural and mechanical subsystems for environmental control; subsystem design criteria, economic considerations and selection methods.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.
History/Theory course or elective 3 credit hours
ARCH 658 Materials Processes Assemblies 3 credit hours
Investigation of building materials and their relationship to structure, construction and tectonics in architecture; focus on applicable building codes, standards and cost considerations; understanding of building components and assemblies; roofs, walls, floors and stairs as systems; analysis of traditional and contemporary building technologies; communication of construction ideas through visual tools.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification in architecture or approval of instructor.

Spring Semester – 15 credit hours

ARCH 606 Architectural Design II 6 credit hours
Application of verbal, graphic, research, critical thinking and fundamental design skills to architectural projects that emphasize the integration of structural, environmental, life safety, building envelope systems, and building service systems; includes code compliance, resource conservation, cost control and economic analysis. Core design studio for professional degree candidates.
Prerequisite: ARCH 605.
ARCH 631 Applied Architectural Structures 3 credit hours
Structural analysis of building structural systems: components, frames, shapes; selection and economics of structural systems; survey of current structural design codes; supervision practices in structural construction.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.
History/Theory course or elective 3 credit hours
Elective 3 credit hours

Summer Semester (Optional) – 3 credit hours

ARCH 684 Internship 3 credit hours
Optional. Professional practice under approved arrangement with public or private agencies or in residence to complement academic coursework and to provide the basis for, and allow the preparation of, an appropriate report.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor and department head.
Year 2 25 credit hours

Fall Semester – 15 credit hours

ARCH 607 Architectural Design III 6 credit hours
Application of verbal, graphic, research, critical thinking and comprehensive design skills to advanced architectural projects or design competitions that address cultural traditions, human behavior and diversity, the context of architecture, collaborative skills, ethics and professional judgement. Core design studio.
ARCH 657 Professional Practice 3 credit hours
Issues and relationships within the business, legal and political environment; legal forms of practice; office organization, personnel practices, policies and management; expanded services; economics of practice, profit planning and accounting; client selection; standard form agreements with consultants and for specialized services, risk management.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.
Elective 3 credit hours
ARCH 685 Final Study Publication 1 credit hour
Individual problems involving application of theory and practice in design and construction of buildings and groups of buildings.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor and department head.

Spring Semester – 10 credit hours

ARCH 608 Final Study Studio 6 credit hours
Individually selected design project of major architectural significance and complexity; professional documentation required; project requires approval of instructor.
Prerequisite: ARCH 607 or equivalent.
Elective (if needed) 3 credit hours
Elective (if needed) 3 credit hours

Specialization

A total of 25 credit hours for the Master of Architecture program are dedicated to developing a specialization, including 12 elective credit hours.

During your second semester, you will, with advice from the faculty, select an advisory committee and develop a degree plan using one of the patterns of study as a guide.

Through our customizable curriculum, students can structure their program of study to include:

FAQ about the M.Arch program

What’s the difference between the Master of Architecture and M.S. in Architecture programs?

The Master of Architecture is an accredited degree that fulfills the educational component of professional licensure as an architect. The M.S. degree enhances your design and research skills and can lead to pursuing a Ph.D.

How long will this program take to complete?

This program should take two years to complete.

Who will be part of my advisory committee?

This committee is composed of a chair and at least two additional graduate faculty members. The chair and one of the members must be faculty. The third member must be from outside the architecture department faculty. Committee chairs assist in finding graduate faculty members to join the committee.

Is there an online version of this program?

No, this is an in-person program.


Admissions

Admission to our Master of Architecture program is offered to students with a pre-professional bachelor’s degree in architecture.

Learn more about the M.Arch admissions requirements

FAQ about the admission process

What do we look for in an applicant?
  • Curiosity, rigor and initiative
  • Robust academic preparation
  • Creative and engaging design portfolio
  • Intriguing outside classroom experiences
Is a portfolio required to apply?

Yes, an academic / professional portfolio is required to apply and should showcase recent, high-quality work.

Read more about the Master of Architecture application requirements

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)
  • Statement of intent essay
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • Academic/professional portfolio

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Are there specific requirements for international students?

International students should follow the university application process for international students, including passing an English proficiency test.

We also require Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of at least 146 in Verbal and 295+ combined (V+Q) score.

Because of the many international students applying for admission, competition is strong and we cannot admit all who apply.

What are the admissions deadlines?

Applications must be submitted in full by January 15. 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.

International students must meet English language proficiency requirements to be eligible for a graduate teaching position.

Who can I go to for questions?

All inquiries about the Master of Architecture program should be directed to Ginger White, graduate academic advisor, at march@arch.tamu.edu.


Support from the Start

You’ll be assigned an academic advisor upon admission to the program. The advisor will help choose your first-year courses. With guidance from the program coordinator, you will be responsible for locating a faculty member to chair your advisory committee who has expertise in your chosen focus area. Once your committee is in place, they will guide and assist with graduate degree planning, research methods, and thesis work.


Our Commitment to Our Students

We are committed to delivering a 21st-century, student-centered education to all of our students. We weave diversity, inclusivity and critical thinking throughout all of our courses. We view design, both as a process and a product, as the unifying force within our program.

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NAAB Statement on Accreditation

United States, registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The Texas A&M University Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program(s): 

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2023

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Notice to students pursuing programs that may lead to a professional license or certification required for employment.

The following programs may lead to a professional license or certification that is required for employment. Professional licensure/certification requirements vary from state to state, which may affect a student’s ability to apply for a professional license/certification upon the completion of the program. The U.S. Department of Education regulation, 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), requires an institution to disclose whether the program will fulfill educational requirements for licensure or certification for each state. The administrative departments that offer the programs have made the following determination regarding their curriculum.

ProgramMeetsDoes not meetA determination has not been made
Master of ArchitectureAL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, NO, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, DC, PR, VI, CNMI, GUAS, MH, FM, PW

Please note that American Samoa, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau (represented by the abbreviations AS, MH, FM, and PW) are not incorporated territories and do not have any licensing or certification educational requirements for the practice of Architecture. We recommend students contact the appropriate state licensing agency in their state or the state where they intend to work to seek the most up-to-date information about state licensure/certification requirements before beginning the program.

Pertinent information related to the importance of licensure in architecture can be found at https://www.ncarb.org/become-architect/basics

Additional information for architectural licensure by state and territory can be found at https://www.ncarb.org/get-licensed/licensing-requirements-tool

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Ahmed K. Ali

Associate Professor // Associate Department Head for Professional Programs // Harold L. Adams Endowed Professor of Architecture

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Ginger White

Senior Administrative Coordinator I

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