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Master of Architecture

The two-year Master of Architecture degree is intended for individuals who hold a pre-professional baccalaureate degree in architecture from an NAAB-accredited school of architecture or a professional architecture degree from an international university.

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The University at Buffalo offers a fully accredited Master of Architecture degree. This four-semester track is configured to provide all the coursework, including design studios and ancillary courses, required for the fully accredited MArch degree. Students participate in one of five Graduate Research Groups: Ecological PracticesInclusive DesignMaterial CultureSituated Technologies, and Urban Design

What will I be studying in the MArch-2YR Program

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2-yr MArch - Graduate Research Group (GRG) - for students entering directly into the GRGs

Semester 1:  Fall  
ARC 605- Research-based Studio 7
ARC xxx- Intellectual Domain (Theory) 3
ARC xxx- Technical Methods (Methods) 3
ARC 575- Environmental Controls 2 3
Total Semester Credits 16
Semester 2:  Spring  
ARC 606- Research-based Studio 7
ARC xxx- Intellectual Domain 3
ARC xxx- Technical Methods 3
ARC 582- Professional Practice 3
Total Semester Credits 16
Semester 3:  Fall  
ARC 607- Research Studio/Directed pre-Thesis Research 7
ARC xxx- Elective/Thesis Methods 3
ARC xxx- Elective 3
ARC 555- Structures 3 3
Total Semester Credits 16
Semester 4:  Spring  
ARC 608- Research-based Studio/Thesis 7
ARC xxx- Elective 3
ARC xxx- Elective 3
ARC xxx- Elective 3
Total Semester Credits 16
   
Total Required Credits 64

2-yr MArch - Comprehensive Design + GRG - for students who will do comprehensive studio prior to entering the GRG

Semester 1:  Fall  
ARC 605- Comprehensive Design Studio 7
ARC xxx- Intellectual Domain/ (Theory Seminar) 3
ARC xxx- Technical Methods (Methods) 3
ARC 575- Environmental Controls 2 3
Total Semester Credits 16
Semester 2:  Spring  
ARC 606- Research Studio 7
ARC xxx- Intellectual Domain 3
ARC xxx- Technical Methods 3
ARC 582- Professional Practice 3
Total Semester Credits 16
Semester 3:  Fall  
ARC 607- Research Studio/Directed Pre-thesis Research 7
ARC xxx- Elective/Thesis Methods 3
ARC xxx- Elective 3
ARC 555- Structures 3 3
Total Semester Credits 16
 Semester 4:  Spring  
ARC 608- Research Studio/Thesis 7
ARC xxx- Elective 3
ARC xxx- Elective 3
ARC xxx- Elective 3
Total Semester Credits 16
   
Total Required Credits 64

2-yr MArch - Architectural Design + GRG - for students who will complete foundational design studio and a comprehensive studio before entering a GRG.

Semester 1:  Fall  
ARC 503- Foundational Design Studio 3 7
ARC 553- Structures 2 3
ARC 611- Architectural Communications 3 3
ARC 575- Environmental Controls 2 3
Total Semester Credits 16
 Semester 2:  Spring  
ARC 504- Design Studio 4 (Comprehensive Studio) 7
ARC 542- Construction Technology 3
ARC 573- Environmental Controls 1 3
ARC 582- Professional Practice 3
Total Semester Credits 16
 Semester 3:  Fall  
ARC 605- Research-based Studio 7
ARC xxx- Intellectual Domain (Theory) 3
ARC xxx- Technical Methods (Methods) 3
ARC 555- Structures 3 3
Total Semester Credits 16
 Semester 4:  Spring  
ARC 606- Research-based Studio 7
ARC xxx- Intellectual Domain (Theory) 3
ARC xxx- Technical Methods (Methods) 3
ARC xxx- Elective 3
Total Semester Credits 16
   
Total Required Credits 64

A full copy of the curriculum can also be obtained in the department office.  

What will I be studying in the MArch-3.5YR Program

The curriculum is configured to provide all the coursework required for the fully accredited MArch degree. The first four semesters consist of a core sequence of architectural design studios with ancillary courses. The last three semesters are an accelerated version of the two-year track. A total of 112 credit hours are required in the 3½-year MArch track.

Typical Course Schedule - MArch 3.5-Year

Semester 1: Fall    
ARC 501 Design Studio 1 7
ARC 511 Architectural Communications 1 3
ARC 531 Architectural History 1 3
ARC 541 Introduction to Building Technology 3
Total Semester Credits                                                    16
Semester 2: Spring    
ARC 502 Design Studio 2 7
ARC 512 Architectural Communications 2 3
ARC 534 Architectural History 2 3
ARC 552 Structures 1 3
Total Semester Credits                                                    16
Semester 3: Fall    
ARC 502 Design Studio 3 7
ARC 553 Structures 2 3
ARC 611 Architectural Communications 3 3
ARC 575 Environmental Controls 2 3
ARC XXX Architectural Theory 3
Total Semester Credits   18
Semester 4: Spring    
ARC 504 Design Studio 4 7
ARC 542 Construction Technology 4
ARC 573 Environmental Controls 1 3
ARC 582 Professional Practice 3
Total Semester Credits                                                    17
Semester 5: Fall    
ARC 605 Research Studio 7
ARC 555 Structures 3 3
ARC xxx Intellectual Domain 3
ARC xxx Technical Methods 3
Total Semester Credits   16
Semester 6: Spring    
ARC 606 Research Studio 7
ARC xxx Intellectual Domain 3
ARC xxx Technical Methods 3
ARC xxx Elective/Directed Research 3
Total Semester Credits                                                    16
Semester 7: Fall    
ARC 607  Thesis/Research 7
ARC xxx Elective 3
ARC xxx Elective 3
Total Semester Credits   13
Total Required Credits   112

MArch graduates will demonstrate proficiency in the Student Performance Criteria as outlined by the NAAB:

Critical Thinking and Representation including, communication skills; design thinking skills; visual communication skills; technical documentation; investigative skills; fundamental design skills; use of precedents; ordering systems skills; historical traditions and global culture; cultural diversity; and applied research

Integrated Building Practices, Technical Skills and Knowledge including pre-design; accessibility; sustainability; site design; life safety; comprehensive design; financial considerations; environmental systems; structural systems; building envelope systems; building service systems; building materials and assemblies.

Leadership and Practice, including collaboration; human behavior; client role in architecture; project management; practice management; leadership; legal responsibilities; ethics and professional judgment; and community and social responsibility.

Cost of study

Full-Time per Semester

  Domestic In-State Domestic out-of-State International
Tuition $6,495.00  11,105.00 $11,105.00
Comprehensive Fee $896.00 $896.00 $896.00
Activity Fee $64.00 $64.00 $64.00
Academic Excellence Fee $187.50 $187.50 $187.50
International Student Fee $ -   $ -   $100.00
SA&P Fee $237.00 $237.00 $237.00
Total $7,879.50 $12,489.50 $12,589.50

Further details are available at: http://studentaccounts.buffalo.edu/tuition/fall.php
Note: tuition and fees are subject to change at any time.

Part-Time per Semester

  Domestic In-State Domestic out-of-State International
Tuition (per credit up to 11) $541.00 $925.00 $925.00
Comprehensive Fee (per credit up to 11)  $74.06  $74.06  $74.06
Academic Excellence Fee (per credit up to 11) $15.63 $15.63 $15.63
Activity Fee (per semester) $64.00 $64.00 $64.00
International Student Fee (per semester) $ -   $ -   $100.00
SA&P Fee (per semester) $237.00 $237.00 $237.00
Total $931.69 $1,315,69 $1,415,69

Further details are available at: http://studentaccounts.buffalo.edu/tuition/fall.php
Note: tuition and fees are subject to change at any time.

Explore our Graduate Research Groups

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The Ecological Practices Graduate Research Group critically engages environmental systems, and examines the role that architecture and urbanism play in harnessing and stewarding them. 
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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. 
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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. 
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The Situated Technologies Graduate Research Group is engaged in design experimentation that repositions architecture in an expanded field.
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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

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Graduate students engage in research as a fundamental part of their curriculum through participation in our four Graduate Research Groups.