Master of Architecture Degrees

Master of Architecture (44) Professional Degree Program

The Master of Architecture (44) professional degree program (NAAB accredited) seeks to prepare graduates to enter the profession of architecture by stimulating the growth of technical knowledge and design creativity. The program fosters the refinement of design skills acquired in undergraduate programs.  Master coursework affords opportunities for inquiry in architecture through the introduction of traditional scholarly research methods as well as approaches to research through design. Professional practice course offerings provide a comprehensive exposure to professional issues and a broad capacity for considering the practice of architecture in innovative ways.

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Students in the M.Arch program must earn at least a total of 44 credit hours, 32 from core courses and 12 from elective courses.

Eligibility

Must have a pre-professional bachelor degree that is part of a 4+1 or 4+2 NAAB-accredited program.

Students with a non-architecture baccalaureate degree or a bachelor degree in architecture from non-NAAB-accredited programs: please see the CAED Bachelor of Science in Architecture Post-Undergraduate program information and/or consider other CAED graduate program options

Course information

Application Requirements + Advising

Master of Architecture + Master of Urban Design 

Graduate students interested in an advanced preparation in Architecture with a specialization in Urban Design may apply for admission to the M.Arch. Professional & M.U.D. Dual Degree Program.  

Like the M.U.D., the program is offered at the Kent State University Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) in downtown Cleveland.  For many students, the M.Arch./M.U.D. begins with a study abroad component in Europe from our base of operations in Florence, Italy.  The first semester includes experiences in many cities throughout Europe.  For students choosing to begin in Cleveland, experiences include in depth engagement in the city from the onset of the program.  

Working on projects of significance within Cleveland and other regional cities allows students to focus on relevant problems.  The potential for innovation is strong and the development of new ways of thinking about the problems of the city provides opportunity for students' work to have real impact.  Students have opportunities to collaborate with CUDC staff, faculty and public and private stakeholders on charrette projects.  The course of study includes topics ranging from urban and architectural theory to urban finance, a class at the Cleveland State University, Levin College of Urban Affairs.  The program is engaged in the city and has been recognized for its many contributions to the life of Cleveland.

The M.Arch./M.U.D. program culminates in a year-long capstone experience at the CUDC facility. The capstone project is similar to a thesis project and results in significant research by the students.

Eligibility

Must have a pre-professional bachelor degree that is part of a 4+1 or 4+2 NAAB-accredited program to be eligible for the M.Arch portion of this dual degree program. 

Students with a non-architecture baccalaureate degree or a bachelor degree in architecture from non-NAAB-accredited programs: please see the CAED Bachelor of Science in Architecture Post-Undergraduate program information and/or consider the Master of Urban Design program or one of CAED's other graduate program options.

COURSE INFORMATION

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS + ADVISING

Master of Architecture + Master of Business Administration

Accredited by NAAB and AACSB

Students interested in a combined professional preparation in Architecture and in Business Administration may apply for admission to the Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Dual Degree Program, offered jointly by the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) and the Graduate School of Management (GSM). This program is designed for architects or undergraduate architectural students who aspire to middle or executive management positions in architectural practices, or who are interested in starting their own business.

Students in the M.Arch. and M.B.A. Dual Degree program must earn at least a total of 74 credit hours, 35 from the M.Arch. program and 39 from the M.B.A. program.

For the M.Arch. and M.B.A., students need to apply to CAED indicating on the application the dual degree option. Once an applicant is accepted into the M.Arch. degree program, the graduate secretary will forward the application to the College of Business Graduate School of Management (GSM) for their consideration. Each school will make an independent decision and the students will be notified of the decisions made in both programs.

Eligibility

Must have a pre-professional bachelor degree that is part of a 4+1 or 4+2 NAAB-accredited program to be eligible for the M.Arch portion of this dual degree program.

Students with a non-architecture baccalaureate degree or a bachelor degree in architecture from non-NAAB-accredited programs: please see the CAED Bachelor of Science in Architecture Post-Undergraduate program information and/or consider other CAED graduate program options.

COURSE INFORMATION

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS + ADVISING