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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.

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.

Areas of Emphasis


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:

Year 1 30 credit hours

Fall Semester – 15 credit hours

ARCH 605 Architectural Design I 6 credit hours
ARCH 631 or ARCH 633 Structural Systems or Environmental Systems 3 credit hours
History/Theory course or elective 3 credit hours
ARCH 658 Materials Processes Assemblies 3 credit hours

Spring Semester – 15 credit hours

ARCH 606 Architectural Design II 6 credit hours
ARCH 631 or ARCH 633 Structural Systems or Environmental Systems 3 credit hours
History/Theory course or elective 3 credit hours
Elective 3 credit hours

Summer Semester (Optional) – 3 credit hours

ARCH 684 Internship 3 credit hours
Year 2 25 credit hours

Fall Semester – 15 credit hours

ARCH 607 Architectural Design III 6 credit hours
ARCH 657 Professional Practice 3 credit hours
Elective 3 credit hours
Elective 3 credit hours

Spring Semester – 10 credit hours

ARCH 608 Final Study Studio 6 credit hours
ARCH 685 Final Study Publication 1 credit hour
Elective (if needed) 3 credit hours

Specialization

Almost half of the credit hours for the Master of Architecture program are dedicated to developing a specialization. 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.


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.

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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 curricular inquiries regarding the Master of Architecture program should be directed to James Haliburton, Associate Department Head for Master of Architecture Program, at jh8man@tamu.edu.

All inquiries regarding application or admission to 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, MI, GUAS, MH, FM, PW

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