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Master of Architecture

Graduate Program

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  • Graduate Program
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Preparing Students as future architects

The Master of Architecture (M. Arch.) is a graduate degree that is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). In addition to a period of professional internship, the M. Arch. degree qualifies individuals for the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE) and licensure in architecture. There are two pathways available: The M. Arch. II program for students from pre-professional undergraduate architecture programs; the M. Arch. III program for students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than architecture. Both programs sit within the Department of Architecture and Interior Design at Miami.

Contact Info

Gerardo Brown-Manrique

Interim Director of Architecture Graduate Studies


Curriculum and Courses

  • ARC 511 Structural Design
  • ARC 513 Environmental Control Systems 
  • ARC 514 Environmental Systems II
  • ARC 601 Architecture Studio
  • ARC 602 Architecture Studio
  • ARC 634 Architectural Theory
  • ARC 636 Design & Research Methods

At Miami, there’s something for everyone.

Course Catalog

Facts and Stats

A Degree That Holds Its Worth

  • Top 10 College for Producing Fortune 500 CEOs Nationwide

    Money Magazine

  • 98% of Master's Graduates are Successfully Employed, Enrolled in Higher Education, or in a Volunteer/Service Program

    Miami University Data

  • Top 50 National Public University

    U.S. News & World Report, 2020


Where Education Becomes Something Greater

Explore what it means to be a graduate student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where students prepare to go anywhere and everywhere.

Admission Requirements

  • For applicants to the M. Arch. II program, the portfolio should include examples of undergraduate and/or professional architectural design projects.
  • All M. Arch. applicants are encouraged to include non-architectural work within their portfolio as well.
  • For applicants to the M. Arch. III program, the portfolio can include examples from architectural projects, if applicable.
  • The portfolio should include work that demonstrates creative accomplishments.
  • Portfolio contents can be from any creative field, including design, photography, studio arts, film, writing, music, and performance.
  • Candidates from technical disciplines, such as science or engineering, should contact the program to determine suitable application materials.
  • The portfolio should contain only printed reproductions; please do not send originals.
  • There is no required format, but the portfolio should be less than 12″x18″ for our filing system.
  • If the portfolio contains group work, this must be noted and the applicant’s role in the project must be described.
  • To have portfolios returned, please include a pre-addressed mailer with postage. The department assumes no responsibility for the loss of any portfolio.
  • Send to: Graduate Admissions Committee

c/o Architecture Graduate Studies
100 Alumni Hall
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056

Program Tracts: M.Arch. II

2-Year Professional Program (57 credit-hour track)

The two-year professional program is designed for students with a preprofessional NAAB-accredited architectural degree or its international equivalent. Exceptional candidates with non-accredited architectural degrees may be considered for admission to the M. Arch. II Program.

The M. Arch. II program is typically completed in two academic years, including one summer term. Students in the program must complete both a written and a design thesis.M. Arch. III program is typically completed in three academic years. Students in the program must complete both a written and a design thesis.

Program Tracts: M.Arch. III

3-Year Professional Program (88 credit-hour track)

The three-year professional program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree other than architecture. The program was established to bring in students from diverse academic backgrounds, offering a variety of perspectives, different intellectual viewpoints, experience, and maturity that can significantly enrich the teaching and learning culture of the department.

The M. Arch. III program is typically completed in three academic years. Students in the program must complete both a written and a design thesis.

In the first year of the three-year program, students learn the fundamentals of architectural design, technology, history, and theory, and also develop visual analysis and graphic communication skills. Design work from this first year will be reviewed by graduate faculty to determine eligibility to continue to the Second Year curriculum.

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