The Master of Architecture is a professional degree with an emphasis on critical practice and sustainable design honed by the poetics of place. The program fosters the development of an architect who is both a scholar and a maker: the integration of passive and active building technologies, theory/history, digital fabrication, design communications, materials and fabrication, and practice methods. This rigorous and comprehensive curriculum provides graduates with the necessary skills to enter a diverse range of leadership positions in the field of architecture, design, and construction. At the core of the program is a carefully orchestrated series of studios and synthesized support topics that allow for the mastery of fundamentals and advanced processes with the experimentation required for critical practice. The 1-3 year course of study accommodates students with a non-design baccalaureate degree, an NAAB-accredited undergraduate studio-based architecture degree, or a Bachelor of Architecture degree. It culminates in a master’s project, which includes future oriented research and the production of a comprehensive design project.This post-professional degree program is structured for graduates of accredited architecture schools who desire advanced, specialized training. Students with four-year accredited degrees in Architecture or closely related design discipline may be admitted to the joint B.Arch/M.Arch program.
The School of Architecture is devoted to professional education with a sensibility honed in the edge conditions of an extreme climate on a major international border. Located in the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the United States, the School combines a culturally rich past with cutting-edge environmental research in its place-based design approach to the arid environment.
The making of architecture is a sensible technical and aesthetic activity that serves the needs of human shelter.
The construction of shelter is an imaginative cultural research that enables dwelling as a fundamental human aspiration and means to a graceful life.
This pursuit must be inflected by place, the geography of Arizona, and the culture of the Southwest.
The design for place must be influenced by a portable global sensibility, yet observant of local traditions, tempered by material circumstances, and expressive of the ethos of time and place.
The MS in architecture prepares students for research in the field of architecture, with emphasis in one of five areas of focus: 1) Design and Energy Conservation, 2) Heritage Conservation, 3) Emerging Building Technologies, 4) Urban Design, 5) Sustainable Market Transformation, 5) Health and the Built Environment. Students take a minimum of 35 credits, and complete a core curriculum covering Research Methods, Fieldwork, Lab Analysis, Regulatory and Professional Building Standards, and Advancing Knowledge in Architecture.
Additional TOEFL requirement: 26 minimum on Speaking section.
A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited undergraduate degree program.
Three letters of recommendation.
Personal essay/statement of purpose for graduate study, including potential research interests.
Portfolio of creative work including academic projects, design and professional work, and other forms of creative expression. Examples of graphic expression are especially relevant.
Biographical profile/resume including a complete record of academic and professional work
IMPORTANT: See School of Architecture website for details and instructions.
Deadline for priority consideration to summer admissions (M.Arch III, M.Arch II, and Post-professional Master's degree):
The earlier you apply, the better the chances of receiving a financial award. By April 1, it is unlikely that any financial awards will remain, so please use this deadline only if you are able to finance 100% of your own studies from personal resources or outside sponsorship.
Applicants who submit their application by January 1 will be notified of their application status no later than April 1 and if admitted, will be asked to confirm their attendance within 30 days of receiving the offer letter.
Selection begins in February, but we will continue accepting qualified applicants through April.
Official transcripts may be mailed to
CAPLA Graduate Programs Office
University of Arizona
1040 N. Olive
Tucson, AZ 85721
Required test(s): N/A
Required GRE Subject tests: N/A
Recommended tests: N/A
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Minimum GRE Verbal: N/A
Minimum GRE Quantitative: N/A
Minumum GRE Written: N/A
Minimum GMAT: N/A
Minimum MAT: N/A
Minimum TOEFL: 79
Minimum IELTS: 7
The program continues to accept applications with competitive financial aid packages.
Limited number of tuition/registration scholarships are available based on applicant's GPA and overall application. A number of teaching/research assistantships are also available, based on applicant's work as evidenced in the portfolio and professional and academic records.
** Applications are considered for admission on a rolling basis. We will continue to review completed applications for terms even after the Preferred Consideration deadline has passed. NOTE: International applicants may still be reviewed for admissions, but may not receive Immigration documentation in time to complete travel requirements.
Minumum credits: 97
Core coursework: See different program curricula on School of Architecture website:
Language requirements: No foreign language requirement.
Other requirements: The M.Arch program will commence in the Summer Session I prior to the regular academic school year; classes begin on the Tuesday after Memorial Day.
Upon recommendation for admission, M.Arch III applicants may petition for advanced standing. For further information, please contact the Graduate Programs Coordinator for a petition; petitions must be submitted by April 15th.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Criteria College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona
I. Degree Requirements: In accordance with University policy, the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture requires a 3.0 as the minimum grade point average for Satisfactory Academic Progress toward the Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Science in Architecture, Master of Science in Planning and Graduate Certificate in Heritage Conservation programs. Satisfactory Academic Progress also includes timely and successful completion of all degree and certificate requirements.
A grade of incomplete, I, will be assigned only when circumstances beyond a student's control have made timely completion impossible. Faculty will inform the Program Chair when they assign an Incomplete and when the final grade has been submitted. Students may have no more than one Incomplete at any one time. Unfinished work should be completed and submitted to the Instructor of Record by the third week of the subsequent semester otherwise the student is subject to probation.
II. Advising: Students are encouraged to meet with the Graduate Advisor at least once a semester and before registering for the proceeding semester's courses. Students on probation must meet in person with their program's Graduate Advisor or their Major Advisor and the Graduate Program Coordinator before the end of the second week of every probationary semester.
III. The Masters Plan of Study. The MPOS must be submitted to the Graduate College no later than the second semester of graduate study. Master's Committee Appointment form should be determined by the end of the second semester for M.S.Arch students and before the onset of the final academic year for M.Arch, PLG and M.L.A. students.
Failure to meet satisfactory academic progress guidelines will result in disqualification from the academic program. Students who encounter circumstances beyond their control that retard progress may petition to the Director, through the Graduate Program Coordinator, for an exception to the College Satisfactory Progress Policy.