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Curriculum

Through the teachings of theory and practice, Our Master of Architecture students learn important skills for leading and growing in the architecture field such as: writing and visual communication building systems, materials and methods, and the environmental concerns affecting the architectural space. The Master of Architecture degree delivered online consists of 36 semester credit hours and can be completed in as little as 15 months.

Core Courses (15 credits):
Students are required to complete the following four courses for 15 credit hours.
ARC 5013 – Research Methods
ARC 5423 – Ecological Issues
ARC 5643 – Design Theory
ARC 5913 – Professional Practice
ARC 6833 – Practice Portfolio
Design Studio (or Thesis Courses) (13 credits):
Students are required to complete the three graduate level design or thesis courses. Those who are interested in preparing a thesis will be required to qualify; refer to the notes below regarding thesis guidelines.
ACR 5804 – Critical Practice Studio*
ARC 5814 – Advanced Design Studio 1 OR ARC 6514 – Thesis 1**
ARC 5824 – Advanced Design Studio 2 OR ARC 6524 – Thesis 2**
Online Electives (choose a minimum of 6 credits in ARC and 3 credits non-ARC):
Students are required to take a minimum of 6 credits of ARC courses and 3 credits of non-ARC courses. Elective offerings include the following. Additional graduate-level electives may be found in the online registration system and in the course catalog.
ARC 5952 – Construction Management
ARC 5962 – Law for Architects
ARC 6912 – Practice Management
ARC 5942 – Project Management
HRM 6023 – Human Resource Management
MGT 6013 – Leadership and Leadership Development
MIS 6013 – Information Systems and the Enterprise
EME 6403 – Quality Control
EME 6713 – Technology Management
LLT 6013 – Literature of the Built Environment
SSC 6013 – Social Responsibility Community Action

*Critical Practice Studio is the only course in the program not available online. This summer semester course is completed on campus over three to five multi-day weekend meetings so that students living at a distance from the main campus may make arrangements to participate. One weekend meeting may include a field trip. Please refer to the Critical Practice Studio website to find out more about student work, pedagogy, faculty, and the most recent summer schedule.

** The thesis is a more demanding alternative to the Advanced Design Studios and is intended as an opportunity for students who are capable of independent work, individual research, independent idea development, and the formulation of sharply focused, articulate conclusions. It is a self-initiated and self-directed work of greater breadth and depth than work produced in a student’s earlier academic coursework. Students whose primary interest is in design and in a design studio experience are better served by the graduate level design courses, the Advanced Design Studios. Students interested in preparing a thesis should download and consult the Thesis Guidelines.