The School of Architecture at the University of Miami offers a professional Master of Architecture degree for college graduates seeking a first-professional degree in architecture. The NAAB-accredited M.Arch. degree enables eligibility for professional registration following NCARB's mandatory Architectural Experience Program (AXP). Two tracks are available to obtain the M.Arch. degree:
The Master of Architecture I is a 3-year (7 semester program) for students holding undergraduate degrees in non-design fields. Completion of 105 credit hours is required.
The Master of Architecture II is a 2-year (4 semester program) for students holding a pre-professional degree in architecture or a closely-related field. Completion of a minimum of 60 / maximum of 66 credit hours is required.
The Master of Science in Architecture (M.S.Arch.), is a 1-1/2 year (3 semester program) that offers students an opportunity to investigate design strategies / challenges, in relation to current issues that include: resilient design, tropical and subtropical architecture, health care design, housing design, conservation of the built environment and the effect of embedded technologies on design. Students select one or two tracks:
Master of Science in Architecture (M.Sc.A), Architectural Design Track: 36 credits. The Architectural Design track focuses on a project-based approach with advanced graduate studios, core seminars, three electives, and a Master's Thesis or Capstone Project in Design.Students select a focus topic from the School's defined research areas.
Master of Science in Architecture (M.Sc.A), Architectural Studies Track: 36 credits. The Architectural Studies track focuses on a text-based study, with one advanced graduate studio, five electives, and a written Master's Thesis. Students propose a topic in advance , or select a concentration in one of the School's defined research areas (see below), with the approval of the faculty and Graduate Director.
Research Areas: Design Research, Embedded Technology, Healthcare Design, Historic Preservation and Cultural Landscapes, History and Theory (Research & Writing), Housing Design, Latin America and the Caribbean, Real Estate Development and Placemaking, Resilient and Sustainable Design, Tropical Architecture, Urban Design and Vernacular and Classical Design.