The Master of Architecture is an accredited 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 courses that allow for the mastery of fundamentals and advanced processes with the experimentation required for critical practice. The 2–3 year degree accommodates students with a non-design baccalaureate degree, pre-professional, studio-based undergraduate architecture degree, or NAAB-Accredited Bachelor of Architecture degree. It culminates in a master’s project, which includes future-oriented research and a design project.

The Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree is available via one of two curriculum tracks, according to the student’s prior preparation. For each program, students’ past work will be individually assessed and a personal curriculum developed to insure success. For more information, download the Master of Architecture Program brochure.

Master of Architecture Degree Tracks:

Admission Requirements:

Accreditation Status and Professional Registration

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. That National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. Master's Degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The professional programs leading to the Master of Architecture degree at The University of Arizona is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

CAPLA M.Arch Brochure

M & MS.Arch Contact Information

Nader Chalfoun
Program Chair | MS.Arch-Design and Energy Conservation | Professor
T: 520.621.6740
chalfoun@email.arizona.edu

Gina Chorover
Program Chair | MS.Arch -Heritage Conservation | Lecturer
T: 520.626.7675
gchorove@email.arizona.edu

Susannah Dickinson
Program Chair | MS.Arch-Independent Research Option & Urban Design Option | Associate Professor
T: 520.621.6736
srd@email.arizona.edu

Shane Smith
Program Chair | MS.Arch-Emerging Building Technologies | Assistant Professor
T: 520.621.8130
shaneida@email.arizona.edu

Beth Weinstein
Program Chair | M.Arch | Associate Professor
T: 520.626.6324
bmw99@email.arizona.edu

Amy Moraga
Graduate Advisor | Program Coordinator
T: 520.621.9819
amoraga@email.arizona.edu