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.
Apply for the term AFTER the projected completion of your undergraduate degree. This will allow you to “stockpile” graduate credit while still paying undergraduate tuition and remaining eligible for undergraduate financial aid. After admission to the AMP, students in their 4th and/or 5th years may begin to take graduate courses in their preferred curriculum. Twelve of the graduate units earned may be used to count toward both degrees. These units will meet the Upper Division Open Elective requirement. Prerequisites for admission to the AMP: UA requirements Completion of 75 undergraduate units at the time of application to the AMP. Completion of 90 undergraduate units at the time of admission to the AMP. Cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a minimum of 12 undergraduate units earned at the UA. Completion or near completion of general education requirements. Submission of a graduate application and payment of a graduate application fee. Demonstration of the maturity necessary for success in an accelerated, highly competitive program. Expectation to complete the undergraduate degree within five years. The undergraduate degree requirements must be completed before the student is eligible to have the Master’s degree awarded.Your application will be considered once you have submitted all required documentation. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
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.
Application deadlines for summer 2014 enrollment (M.Arch III, M.Arch II, and Post-professional Master's degree): All domestic applicants:
First deadline, February 1
Second deadline, March 1,
Final deadline, April 1
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 will be notified of their application status no later than April 1 and if admitted, will be asked to confirm their attendance by April 15.
Preferred 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
Recommended GRE Subject tests: N/A
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 for 2014-2015 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.
Fall: February 1
Spring: November 1
Fall: February 1
Spring: October 15
Minumum credits: 103
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.