In order to maintain full-time student status and be eligible for Federal Financial Aid, students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours of courses at the University at Buffalo. Students who drop below 12 credit hours will lose full-time student status, may lose their financial aid awards and may be in violation of immigration requirements. International students can request to take less than 12 credit hours of coursework in their final semester. To request this, international students must fill out a Final Semester Reduced Course Load Form, found on the International Student Services website, and submit the form to the department office for initial signature. For further information, please visit the International Student Services website. Other students (who are not international) who need to be certified full-time but are taking less than a full-time course load should complete the Certification of Full-Time Student Status form.
Students should register for classes in HUB after they receive their UB username, create a password and resolve any holds that they have on their account. This can be done by logging into MyUB and accessing the HUB Student Services Center. For more information about student enrollment, full-time and part-time status, and navigating MyUB and the HUB Student Center, students should refer to the HUB Student Center Training Guides.
Students should refer to the UB academic calendar each semester for add/ drop deadlines. With the exception of research studio, directed research, thesis and independent study, current students are responsible for registering themselves for all courses each semester. Students should refer to their course matrix for guidance on what classes to take and contact the department if they have questions.
It's important to understand how your course will be delivered. You can find the specific instruction modes within the Class Details page for a course on the class schedule. Even if your course appears as “Remote” on your weekly schedule, you must still go into class details or schedule display list view to determine if it is hybrid, meeting in person or remote. For more information on how to locate the instruction mode, review the HUB Student Center Training Guides. If you have more specific questions, please contact the instructor of your course.
Students in the M.Arch (research track) begin taking research studio and the seminars affilated with the different research groups during their first semester in the program. Students in the M.Arch (synthesis and integrated studio track) do not take research studio until their third semester in the program after they have completed their design studio sequence. Students in the 3.5 Year M.Arch program will not take research studio or the affiliated seminars until their 5th semester in the program after they have completed their design studio sequence and core requirements.
There are 5 research groups:
Students are not "assigned" to any specific research group during the duration of their M.Arch program. Instead, each semester, eligible students will be asked to identify which research studio they are interested in (research studios are affiliated with a research group or are sometimes offered as an option studio incoorportating multiple research groups) and registered for studio based on their interest and availability. Students can aim to take research studios and seminars from the same research group throughout their degree or explore courses from different research groups during their time in the program. Upon graduation, research group affiliation will not be designated on the students diploma or transcript.
Course descriptions can gernally be found on the Information for Current Students site under the Course Descriptions header. It is highly encouraged that students read through the information on this site before reaching out with questions.
Current students will be given information about the various research studios being offered each fall and spring semester. Eligible students will then complete a survey indicating their ranked choices in studio. The department will conduct a studio lottery and register students for studio based on their preference and availability in the courses. Preference will be given to students who are taking research studio for the first time (incoming students and those coming from ARC 603, ARC 604 or ARC 504). Students are not guaranteed their first choices in studio but the department will work to balance studio numbers and assign students to a studio in one of their top 4 choices. Students may be registered for a research studio from a different research group than the previous semester. Students must obtain a C or higher in studio or the studio must be re-taken. Those students taking 7 credits of Directed Research or Thesis will not register for studio in the same semester.
Technical Methods seminars explore strategies for conducting research in different focus areas of architecture, from visualization techniques, skill-building in the use of tools, and developing specific methods for technically-driven inquiry. Intellectual Domain seminars explore the theoretical and historical knowledge-bases of various focus areas of architecture, with an emphasis on pursuing intellectual inquiry.
Students are encouraged to register for the TM and ID seminar that aligns with their studio (this is often called the triad). However, this is not a requirement for graduation and if a specific seminar is full, the student must choose a different seminar or (if possible) push the seminar to a later semester. If a student has completed the number of ID and TM seminars required in their program and wish to take additional seminars, the additional seminars may be used toward elective credit. Descriptions of these courses can generally be found under the "course descriptions" heading on the Information for Current Students page once this information is availalbe.
Students should not take a seminar with the same course number twice if the instructor and content of the course is the same. If students have questions about this, they should talk to the instructor teaching the course to ask if it is acceptable that the same course number be taken again. In some cases, faculty will change the topics/content of their courses. At other times, the course content is being repeated.
Students can use any graduate level course (500 level or higher) toward elective credit. A list of graduate electives offered by the Department of Architecture can generally be found under the "Course Descriptions" header on the Information for Current Students site once they are available. Additional technical methods and intellectual domain seminars can also be used as elective credits in the program. If seeking a non-ARC course, it is at the discretion of the department offering the course if architecture students are allowed to register. The Department of Architecture can not force register students into another departments course.
Note that previous UB undergraduate students cannot re-take a cross-listed course they have previously completed in their undergraduate studies. Such a course cannot be used toward their graduate degree.
If a student has taken a required gradaute course at the undergradaute level at UB (example: ARC 455 Structures 3) as part of their undergradaute studies, the student will not need to take the same graduate level course during their graduate studies. However, the student must still make-up the credits by substituting the course with an elective in the program. Undergradaute level courses (400 level or lower) will not be counted toward the total number of credits required in a gradaute program under any circumstances.
The matrixes are intended to be a guide for students to graduate by taking courses in the fall and spring semester. The matrixes do not include a plan for summer registration.
Students who plan to study abroad in the summer should adjust their course sequence appropriately. Typical summer abroad semesters include 13 credits total (7 credits of research studio and 6 credits of electives). Students should consult their matrix to understand their specific course requirements for graduation to see how a summer semester would affect their conferral date. Depending on each students course sequence, it may or may not be possible for students to graduate in the same number or semesters on their matrix if they include a summer semester.
Students should note that many of the core courses required on their matrix are only offered in either the fall or spring semester. Technical methods seminars, intellectual domain seminars, research studios, portfolio and elective options are generally offered every fall and spring semester.
If you have questions about how to adjust your course sequence to plan for study abroad, it is recommended that you develop a proposed plan first and then contact your graduate advisor with questions.