Students in the 2-year Master of Architecture first professional degree program are required to complete ARC 698 – Research Methods during their first semester of graduate study; students in the 3.5-year Master of Architecture first professional degree program are required to complete ARC 698 – Research Methods during their third semester of graduate study. This course provides a foundation for subsequent graduate coursework, including the Thesis and Special Project, by introducing students to:
Students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher are encouraged to consider completing a thesis as the culminating experience in their Master of Architecture program. An outline of the procedures and requirements of a thesis are as follows:
For the purposes of these guidelines, a thesis will be considered any independent inquiry initiated by a student, formulated together with a Thesis Committee, and completed for ARC699 credit.
Pre-thesis will be graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Satisfactory completion of pre-thesis research (ie: receiving a passing grade) does not necessarily qualify a student to continue on to pursue a thesis. A separate evaluation will be made by the Thesis Committee regarding the viability of pursing a thesis.
Thesis Proposal Review. The first review occurs at the end of the pre-thesis semester. At this review, a prospective thesis student presents a Thesis Proposal that consists of the Thesis Abstract together with preliminary research conducted during the pre-thesis semester, the first three sections of the Thesis Documentation (see 3d below) and examples of past work that demonstrate the preparation and ability for the student to successfully complete a thesis. The jury will consist of the student’s Thesis Committee and at least two additional faculty members. These additional faculty members serve as advisors to the Thesis Committee and do not have voting rights with respect to the Thesis Proposal.
Thesis Progress Reviews. Thesis students will be reviewed at least twice in the course of their thesis semester. The jury will consist of the Thesis Committee and at least two additional faculty members. These additional faculty members serve as advisors to the Thesis Committee and do not have voting rights with respect to the progress of the Thesis. These reviews will occur in the 5th and 10th weeks of the semester. At the second review (10th week) students will be evaluated by the Thesis Committee as follows:
Deadlines: Items 1 through 3 on the above list are to be completed by the end of classes of the pre-thesis semester and submitted together with the Thesis Proposal to the Thesis Committee.
The completed thesis documentation must be electronically submitted to the Graduate School by the following deadlines:
Students must submit a final draft of their thesis documentation to their Thesis Committee for review and comment no later than one week prior to the deadlines listed above. The Thesis Committee chair will then communicate the revisions required for the committee to sign-off on the thesis documentation and the deadline by which these revisions need to be submitted to the thesis chair for subsequent review.
The required M-form signed by all members of the student’s Thesis Committee and a receipt for having the committee-approved thesis documentation bound must be submitted to the architecture department two days before the aforementioned documentation submission deadlines.
A student whose thesis documentation is submitted after these deadlines will have his or her degree conferral deferred until the next applicable conferral date.
Second Semester, Fall Semester:
Second Year, Spring Semester:
Third Year, Spring Semester:
Fourth Year, Fall Semester:
A student who intends to do a studio-based special project must notify the architecture department of that intention. For special projects to be undertaken in the fall semester, the notification deadline is the last day of classes in the previous fall semester; for special projects to be undertaken in the spring semester, the notification deadline is the last day of classes in the previous spring semester.
The special project requirement must be completed while “in residence” during a fall or spring semester graduate studio. Descriptions of all graduate studios to be offered each semester will be posted. Students notify the architecture department of their ranked preferences among the graduate studio offerings by submitting studio selections prior to the first week of classes. These students will be given priority in the studio lottery selection.
A student must complete the special project studio’s design work and special project documentation to the satisfaction of his or her supervising studio instructor and the Master’s Degree Requirements Committee (MDRC) respectively. Students are encouraged to schedule consultative meetings with their studio instructors periodically throughout the semester to gauge progress on their special project studio’s design work.
Six weeks before the semester’s last day of classes, a special project student must provide the architecture department with:
The MDRC will review these submissions and notify the student of any required changes.
A special project studio instructor’s submission of a studio course grade of “B” or higher will be considered an indication of that instructor’s receipt of and satisfaction with a student’s completed special project studio’s design work. A student who receives a special project studio course grade of “B-” or lower will be required to complete an additional special project graduate studio with a grade of “B” or higher in a subsequent semester.
The MDRC will review each special project document submitted to the architecture office to verify its satisfactory compliance with the special project documentation requirements (described below). special project documentation that the MDRC deems noncompliant will be returned to the student for correction.
The architecture department will notify the Graduate School that a student has completed his or her special project requirement for the Master of Architecture first professional degree only after:
Each student’s special project studio work must be documented both as an 8 ½” x 11” bound print document and as an electronic document saved to a labeled CD/DVD that is stored in a jewel case. Since the special project documentation is organized in a manner comparable to the thesis documentation, students should reference the Graduate School’s “Guidelines for Graduation and Thesis and Dissertation Preparation” (http://grad.buffalo.edu/content/dam/grad/study/etd-guide.pdf) for information about required parts of the documentation, its physical specifications and style manual options.
The special project documentation must include:
Each student must submit both print and electronic versions of the special project documentation to the architecture department for review by the MDRC by the following deadlines:
A student whose special project documentation is submitted after the deadline or is deemed noncompliant by the MDRC will have his or her degree conferral deferred until the documentation is deemed compliant by the MDRC.
|First Year, Spring Semester||Affirm special project intention (before classes end)|
|Second Year, Fall Semester||Submit Application to Candidacy form (by announced due date)|
|Second Year, Spring Semester||
|Third Year, Fall Semester||Affirm special project intention (before classes end)|
|Third Year, Spring Semester||Submit Application to Candidacy form (by announced due date)|
|Fourth Year, Fall Semester||