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Advanced Standing and Course Waivers

Students who are granted advanced standing will receive a modified curriculum reflecting that certain coursework is not required to earn the Master of Architecture.  

Advanced standing decreases the total number of credits necessary to complete the degree.  Course waivers do not decrease the total number of credits necessary to complete the degree. Course waivers are granted when the faculty and department chair determine that repeating the content of a given course may not as beneficial for a student as deeper exploration in another area will be.

2-year students are not eligible for advanced standing.  In rare instances, 2-year students may be eligible for waivers.

Students entering the 3.5-year Master of Architecture may request advanced standing based on prior coursework that satisfies requirements within the 3.5-year curriculum.  Students may submit a request  for advanced standing only once.

Entering 3.5-year students who completed their undergraduate degree at the University at Buffalo are eligible to request advanced standing for the UB undergraduate courses they completed that are required for the Master of Architecture and in which they earned a B+ or better.  Such petitions should be directed to the assistant dean for graduate education.

Entering 3.5-year students who completed their undergraduate degree elsewhere may petition the department chair for advanced standing for those courses that are required for the Master of Architecture that they took as undergraduates outside of the University at Buffalo.  Students must include relevant transcripts, syllabi, work samples, and a portfolio where appropriate.  The department chair may direct students to consult with faculty in making decisions related to granting advanced standing.  In some circumstances, courses may be waived rather than granted advanced standing.