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All of our MArch programs are STEM-designated and offer an accredited first professional degree to students with either an undergraduate degree in architectural studies, or an undergraduate degree in other disciplines.

  • The MArch 3 program is a 6-semester, 3-year course of study totaling 105 credits
  • The MArch 2 program is a 4-semester, 2-year course of study totaling 75 credits

Course of Study

Fundamental to the graduate curriculum is the architectural design studio sequence. Each semester students select from a range of vertical studio options organized around projects and topics offered by different design instructors. These studios emphasize the development of strong conceptual abilities, thoughtful integration of technical information, and convincing representations of architectural ideas in two- and three-dimensional form, and through a variety of media. The ultimate goal is for each student to develop clear design principles, strong technical resources, and an independent, critical position on the making of architecture in the world. The independent character of a student’s abilities is demonstrated and tested in the final semester through the Degree Project.

Informing and enriching the studio experience for students in the MArch program are courses in architectural history and theory, building technology and structural principles, urban design, professional practice, landscape design, and representational and digital media studies. Great emphasis is placed on a student’s ability to integrate and synthesize the information in these courses into appropriate architectural form in the design studio. While these topics have consistently been a part of the graduate curriculum, their specific content, sequence, and method of instruction is under constant review and development.

Placement

The duration of graduate study varies according to prior preparation and course work in architecture, and the quality and complexity of work in an applicant’s portfolio. The Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design reserves the right to place students at the level the Admissions Committee deems appropriate, on the basis of portfolio evaluation, transcript evaluation, and overall preparation for the intensity of the design curriculum.


MArch 3 Program Requirements



The MArch 3 program forms the overall basis for the graduate program. This full six-semester professional curriculum is for students holding baccalaureate degrees with majors in architecture and with majors other than architecture. The program begins with a series of core studios and courses before students progress into the advanced studio sequence. This 105-credit program leads to a professionally accredited Master of Architecture degree.

General program requirements for students entering in fall 2019 or later are featured below. Full details related to studio requirements and prerequisites can be found in the pdf documents. Courses denoted with an asterisk in the charts below may be waived; waived courses (more than 2) must be fulfilled by general elective. See the Course waiver section for details.


Fall
A446 300A: Design Foundations Studio
3
A46 317A: Architectural Design I
9
A46 323A: Architectural Representation I
3
A46 4280: Architectural History I*
3
General Elective (300-level or above)
3
Total
21
Spring
A46 318A: Architectural Design II
9
A46 323B: Architectural Representation II
3
A46 4284: Architectural History II*
3
A46 438: Environmental Systems I*
3
Total
18
Fall
A46 419: Architectural Design III
6
A46 418A: Design Culture Seminar
1.5
A46 445: Building Systems*
3
A46 447A: Structures I*
3
History + Theory Research & Writing Elective
3
Total
16.5
Spring
A46 511: Architectural Design IV
6
A46 439: Environmental Systems II*
3
A46 448A: Structures II*
3
General Elective (300-level or above)
1.5
A46 4288: Architectural History III*
3
Total
16.5
Fall
A46 611: Architectural Design V
6
A46 518A: Pre-Design Seminar
1.5
A46 538C: Advanced Building Systems
3
A46 580: Design Thinking
3
Urban Issues Elective
3
Total
16.5
Spring
A46 616: Degree Project
6
A46 646: Professional Practice
3
History + Theory Elective
3
General Elective (300-level or above)
3
General Elective (300-level or above)
1.5
Total
16.5

Students admitted to the MArch 3 program have the opportunity to waive the following courses:

• Building Systems (A46 445)
• Structures I (A46 447A)
• Structures II (A46 448A)
• Architectural History I (A46 4280)
• Architectural History II (A46 4284)
• Environmental Systems I (A46 438)
• Environmental Systems II (A46 439)

Six waived credits count toward the degree, and all others must be replaced with general elective credits.


MArch 2 Program Requirements



Students with strong backgrounds in architectural studies (a BS in Architecture, typically) are considered for selective entry into the four-semester MArch 2 program. The MArch 2 curriculum is a four-semester, advanced placement course of study, beginning always in a fall semester. Students are considered for placement in the MArch 2 curriculum on the basis of design portfolio evaluation and the extent of their undergraduate architectural studies. Placement in this curriculum is highly selective. The MArch 2 sequence begins with the final, comprehensive core studio (419) and concludes with the Degree Project. This 75-credit program leads to a professionally accredited Master of Architecture degree.

General program requirements for students entering in fall 2020 or later are featured below. Full details related to studio requirements and prerequisites can be found in the pdf documents. Courses denoted with an asterisk in the charts below may be waived; waived courses (more than 2) must be fulfilled by general elective. See the Course waiver section for details.


Fall
A46 400A: Design Foundations Studio
3
A46 419: Architectural Design III
6
A46 418A: Design Culture Seminar
1.5
A46 4280: Architectural History I*
3
A46 445: Building Systems I*
3
A46 438: Environmental Systems I*
3
Total
19.5
Spring
A46 511: Architectural Design IV
6
A46 439: Environmental Systems II*
3
A46 4284: Architectural History II*
3
General Elective (300-level or above)
3
General Elective (300-level or above)
1.5
Total
16.5
Summer
A46 447A: Structures I*
3
A46 448A: Structures II*
3
Total
6
Fall
A46 611: Architectural Design V
6
A46 518A: Pre-Design Seminar
1.5
A46 538C: Advanced Building Systems
3
A46 580: Design Thinking
3
Urban Issues Elective
3
Total
16.5
Spring
A46 616: Degree Project
6
A46 646: Professional Practice
3
A46 4288: Architectural History III
3
History + Theory Elective
3
General Elective
1.5
Total
16.5

Students admitted to the MArch 2 program have the opportunity to waive the following courses:

• Building Systems (A46 445)
• Structures I (A46 447A)
• Structures II (A46 448A)
• Architectural History I (A46 4280)
• Architectural History II (A46 4284)
• Environmental Systems I (A46 438)
• Environmental Systems II (A46 439)

Six waived credits count toward the degree, and all others must be replaced with general elective credits.

*Please note that admitted MArch2 students must waive at least one of these courses or they must take both Structures I and Structures II during the first summer of their program.

Special Note: MArch 2+

As part of recent revisions to our curriculum, we are discontinuing the MArch 2+ curriculum; no new students are being admitted to this program beyond fall 2019. This five-semester, advanced placement course of study begins with the final, comprehensive core studio (419) and concludes with the Degree Project. The 75-credit program leads to a professionally accredited Master of Architecture degree. Contact Ellen Bailey (ebailey@wustl.edu) for program requirements.