Master of Architecture

Degree

The University of Maryland’s graduate programs in architecture are recognized nationally for excellence in sustainable building craft and urbanism. The Comprehensive Design Studio/Advanced Technology Seminar, the first of its kind in the nation, is a model for the integration of design studio pedagogy and technical knowledge. All students in the Master of Architecture Program (independent of their specific track) participate in this award-winning educational experience.

 

Building upon our location in the metropolitan Baltimore-Washington region, our Urban Design Studio advances the conviction that responsible patterns of settlement when combined with green building practices lead to a more sustainable world. The Urban Design Studio has won numerous awards and citations including honors in the Edmund Bacon Competition, the ULI Hines Competition, and the Congress of the New Urbanism.

 

The architecture Program offers two tracks toward the NAAB accredited Master of Architecture degree:

 

PATH A

Advanced Standing Professional Degree Program:

The “Path A” program is an advanced standing track designed for individuals who possess an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree. This program links seamlessly with the University of Maryland’s BS in Architecture degree and similar degrees offered at other institutions. This is a four-semester degree program leading to the NAAB accredited M ARCH degree.

 

PATH B

Professional Degree Program for Individuals with Baccalaureates in Disciplines Other than Architecture:

This program is designed specifically for individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree in an area other than architecture. This seven-semester program provides introduction to the fundamentals of architectural design and representation, technologies, history and theory, as well as professional practice. The program provides an efficient track toward the NAAB accredited M ARCH degree.  Limited Advanced Standing in the Path B Program:  Applicants who possess a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design, or similar degree, are evaluated for placement and may receive limited advanced standing in the Path B program based upon their portfolios and prior coursework.   

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Admission is competitive, and application requirements differ by degree program. We encourage applications from students with solid academic backgrounds who have earned or will earn at least a bachelor's degree at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or the equivalent of this degree in another country. As a minimum admission standard, the University of Maryland expects candidates to have a "B" average, or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, in a program of study resulting in a bachelor's degree.

 

You may apply for admission to the University of Maryland during or after your final year of undergraduate study, but you must furnish proof of graduation before the end of your first term of enrollment at the university.

Visiting the School

The best way to learn more about the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation is to visit. Throughout the year, both the School and the University of Maryland invite prospective undergraduate students to "Visit Maryland Days" and prospective graduate students to attend our annual Graduate Open House. Whether you choose to visit on one of these special days and get the grand tour or you prefer to arrange an individual tour, a visit will certainly help you decide if the University of Maryland is the place to start your future. In addition, architecture studio reviews are always open to the public.

 

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Prerequisites

Applicants in the seven-semester track should be prepared to show evidence of prior creative activity in the visual arts (eg., drawing, painting, and/or sculpture) in a portfolio submitted by the admissions deadline. Admitted applicants must show evidence of successful completion (B / 3.0 or higher ) of a college-level Calculus class (equivalent to the University of Maryland course MATH220), a laboratory physics course (equivalent to the University of Maryland courses PHYS 121 or PHYS 161) prior to matriculation in the M Arch program , and a college-level course in freehand drawing.

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Grade Point Average in Major Policy

The 3.0 GPA in major policy requires all graduate students matriculating in Fall 2012 to earn a 3.0 grade point average in their major, minor, and/or certificate requirements. With the new plus/minus policy, the minimum grade for most major courses is a B - , now calculated as a 2.7. It is important that graduate students clearly understand what courses make up major, minor and certificate requirements, and that the cumulative GPA for those courses must be at least 3.0.

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Recommended Internships

At various points in a student’s education practical experience gained through internship complements and provides insight into formal education. The Program provides an annual Career Fair that enables students gain contacts with major firms in the Washington - Baltimore area as well as firms with numerous locations nationally and internationally. Many students arrange internships over the summer and/or winter recess. While the Program does not provide academic credit for work in a professional context, the experiences gained therein are invaluable to a student’s development.

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Recommended Education Abroad

The Architecture Program offers several intensive study abroad programs during the winter term and over the summer session. The programs are generally three or six weeks in duration and are lead by faculty members who have proven expertise in locales in which the programs are located. Past programs have taken students to France, India, Italy, North Africa, Peru, Russia, Turkey, South Africa, and the Yucatan. Students study the historical and contemporary architecture, urbanism, and cultures of the nations visited.

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