Curriculum

Xiaoyu Yang, 419 International Housing Studio led by Emiliano López.

The Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design offers an accredited first professional degree to students with either an undergraduate degree in architectural studies, or an undergraduate degree in other disciplines. The duration of graduate studies varies according to prior preparation and course work in architecture, and the quality and complexity of work in an applicant's portfolio.

We recently launched a revised Master of Architecture curriculum, which shortens the length of study. We now offer two MArch tracks: the MArch3 program, which is a six-semester, 3-year program (previously seven semesters), and the MArch2 program, which is a four-semester, 2-year program (previously five semesters). All MArch programs at Washington University are STEM-designated.

The Graduate School reserves the right to place students at the level the Admissions Committee deems appropriate, on the basis of portfolio evaluation, transcript evaluation, and overall preparation for the intensity of the design curriculum.

MArch3 Program

The MArch 3 program forms the overall basis for the graduate program. This full six-semester professional curriculum is for students holding baccalaureate degrees with majors in architecture and with majors other than architecture. The program begins with a series of core studios and courses before students progress into the advanced studio sequence. This 105-credit program leads to a professionally accredited Master of Architecture degree.

Download the MArch 3 program requirements for students entering in fall 2019 and later>>

Download the MArch 3 program requirements for students entering in fall 2018 and earlier>>

Course Waivers
Students admitted to the MArch 3 program have the opportunity to waive the following courses:

Building Systems (A46 445)
Structures I (A46 447A)
Structures II (A46 448A)
Architectural History I (A46 4280)
Architectural History II (A46 4284)
Environmental Systems I (A46 438)
Environmental Systems II (A46 439)

Six waived credits count toward the degree, and all others must be replaced with general elective credits.

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MArch2 Program

Students with strong backgrounds in architectural studies (a BS in Architecture, typically) are considered for selective entry into the four-semester MArch 2 program.

The MArch 2 curriculum is a four-semester, advanced placement course of study, beginning always in a fall semester. 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 sequence begins with the final, comprehensive core studio (419) and concludes with the Degree Project. This 75-credit program leads to a professionally accredited Master of Architecture degree.

Download the MArch 2 program requirements for students entering in fall 2020 and later>>

Download the MArch 2 program requirements for students entering in fall 2019 and earlier>>

Waiver Requirements
Students admitted to the MArch 2 program have the opportunity to waive the following courses:

Building Systems (A46 445)*
Structures I (A46 447A)*
Stuctures II (A46 448A)
Architectural History I (A46 4280)
Architectural History II (A46 4284)*
Environmental Systems I (A46 438)*
Environmental Systems II (A46 439)

Six waived credits count toward the degree, and all others must be replaced with general elective credits.

*Please note that admitted MArch2 students must waive at least one of these courses or they must take both Structures I and Structures II during the first summer of their program.

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Special note: As part of the revisions to our curriculum, we are discontinuing the MArch 2+ curriculum; no new students are being admitted to this program beyond fall 2019. This five-semester, advanced placement course of study begins with the final, comprehensive core studio (419) and concludes with the Degree Project. The 75-credit program leads to a professionally accredited Master of Architecture degree.

Download the MArch 2+ program requirements for students entering in fall 2019 and earlier>>