This four-semester program is for strong architectural design students beginning their studies in either a fall or spring semester who hold baccalaureate degrees in architecture (a BS in Architecture, typically, or a professional degree from outside the United States). Students are considered for placement in the MArch 2 curriculum on the basis of design portfolio evaluation and the extent of their undergraduate architectural studies. Placement in this curriculum is highly selective. The MArch 2 program includes advanced design studios leading to more advanced elective work and the Degree Project. This 60-credit program leads to a professionally accredited Master of Architecture degree. 

Waiver Requirements

In order to be admitted to the MArch 2 program, students must be able to waive at least two of the three credits of Environmental Systems I (ARCH 438) and two of the courses listed below:

Building Systems (ARCH 445)
Structures I (ARCH 447A)
Structures II (ARCH 448A)
Architectural History I: Antiquity to Baroque (ARCH 4280)
Architectural History II: Architecture Since 1880 (ARCH 4284)
Environmental Systems II (ARCH 439)

The waived courses will be replaced with general elective credits.


Master of Architecture: MArch 2

Note: The requirements below may be revised during the 2017-18 academic year. Please visit our website for the most up-to-date requirements.

Requirements: 60 units

Year 1, Fall Semester:
ARCH 511Architectural Design V 16
ARCH 4284Architectural History II: Architecture Since 1880 23
ARCH 447AStructures I 23
ARCH 445Building Systems 23
Year 1, Spring Semester:
ARCH 512Architectural Design VI 16
ARCH 4280Architectural History I: Antiquity to Baroque 23
ARCH 448AStructures II 23
ARCH 439Environmental Systems II 23
Year 2, Fall Semester:
ARCH 611Architectural Design VII 16
ARCH 538CAdvanced Building Systems3
ARCH 580Design Thinking: Research and Design Methods3
History + Theory Research & Writing Elective3
Year 2, Spring Semester:
ARCH 616Degree Project6
ARCH 646Professional Practice I3
History + Theory Elective3
Urban Issues Elective3
Total Units60

One studio must be comprehensive.


May be waived. Any courses waived must be fulfilled as elective credits.

For a list of available courses, please refer to the Courses section of the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design in this Bulletin.