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Architecture Degrees

Our program offers comprehensive preparation for practice and licensure designed to highlight the commitment to professional and public service.

The Department of Architecture offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a configuration commonly known as "4+2": four years of undergraduate study leading to a bachelor of science degree, and two years of graduate work, leading to the first professional degree, the Master of Architecture (MArch).

The School of Architecture and Planning is the only unit in the State University of New York System to offer the fully accredited MArch degree.

In addition to the core 4+2 structure, the department offers a number of alternate tracks and degree configurations, including an undergraduate minor in architecture, a 3.5-year MArch for graduate students holding undergraduate or graduate degrees in a field other than architecture, a research-based MS Arch, and dual-degree options with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, the School of Management, and the Department of Media Study.

Undergraduate Degrees

The undergraduate pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch) introduces concepts and skills upon which graduate accredited professional Master of Architecture (MArch) studies are based. 
The minor in architecture provides students with a liberal exposure to the humanities, technology, the social sciences, and aesthetic expression through the lenses of the built and the natural environments.

Graduate Degrees

The two-year Master of Architecture degree is intended for individuals who hold a four-year pre-professional baccalaureate degree in architecture from an NAAB-accredited school of architecture.
The fully accredited three-and-a-half-year Master of Architecture at the University at Buffalo welcomes individuals who hold degrees in diverse fields, architectural studies and design. 
The 1.5-year Master of Science in Architecture degree is designed for individuals who are interested in engaging research and specialized scholarship in architecture.
Dual-degree programs are available for students entering the two-year and 3.5-year MArch degree programs. Students can pursue research and advanced studies by combining degrees like the MS in Architecture with an MUP, MArch or other graduate degree programs across UB.
Join our small and selective group of interdisciplinary students interested in pursuing promising careers in historic preservation. Designed for practitioners and students from disciplines as diverse as architecture, law and art, our curriculum includes an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation and a Master of Science in Architecture specializing in Historic Preservation and Urban Design. 

The Master of Science in Architecture with a specialization in real estate development is meant for practical application in the real estate development industry and related fields. Situated in the School of Architecture and Planning, the program balances theory and practice in a multidisciplinary curriculum to prepare the aspiring or advancing real estate professional for success in this rapidly evolving industry.

The Ecological Practices Graduate Research Group critically engages environmental systems, and examines the role that architecture and urbanism play in harnessing and stewarding them. 
Inclusive Design is design for all. A global movement that seeks to improve the usability of environments, products and systems for the widest range of people, it is based on the principles of social justice. 
The Material Culture Graduate Research Group builds on Buffalo and the Niagara Region’s legacy of material innovation, from infrastructural experiments in moving goods to slip-forming construction of concrete silos. 
The Situated Technologies Graduate Research Group is engaged in design experimentation that repositions architecture in an expanded field.
The Urban Design Graduate Research Group promotes critical problem solving at the confluence of two scales: the scale of buildings and the scale of cities