Prospective Students


The Architecture Program is an intimate academic environment committed to developing future leaders who apply design-thinking skills to contemporary architectural and urban issues. The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation is a small academic unit providing individual advising and focused instruction within the context of the University of Maryland, one of the nation’s largest and most respected public research institutions.
Our graduates are highly sought after because their education provides unparalleled opportunities to gain critical insights into sustainable technologies, building craft, architectural history and theory, and urban design. The Washington - Baltimore region is one of the finest places in North America to study architecture.  The history, culture, architecture, and urbanism in our regional context is complemented by a variety of foreign educational opportunities that prepare our students to live and work in a global environment.
We offer a pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the undergraduate level and our professional degree the Master of Architecture at the graduate level.  We also offer post-professional and doctoral educational opportunities.  The tabs below can provide you with valuable information about architectural education and our programs here at the University of Maryland.


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Technology Requirements (Computer Hardware and Software)

The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation requires that all students studying architecture purchase a laptop computer. Specific requirements for students studying architecture are listed below for both hardware and software. In addition to these requirements, many students also purchase monitors so that they can expand their digital workspace. 


We provide the following technical specifications to define the baseline requirements.  Many software applications are available to all matriculated students.  We recommend you check the following website to see a complete list, A list of required and recommended software is listed below.  Please take advantage of student discounts for software.


Hardware -- Approximately $ 2,600.00 Total


  • Apple MacBook Pro
  • Processor Intel Core i5 or i7
  • Memory (RAM) 16 GB or greater
  • Display 13 or 15 -inch widescreen
  • HardDrive 500 GB HD @ 7200 RPM or 512 Flash Storage or greater
  • Wireless + Bluetooth
  • Warranty 3-year AppleCare protection plan



  • Dell XPS 15 (or equivalent) approx $2600
  • Processor Intel Core i5 or i7
  • Memory (RAM) 16 GB
  • Display 14 or 15 inch widescreen
  • HardDrive 500 GB HD @ 7200 RPM or 512 Flash Storage or greater
  • Wireless + Bluetooth
  • Video Card 2 GB memory (RAM) or greater
  • Warranty 3 year ProSupport on-site plan


Many students also purchase monitors so that they can expand their digital workspace. Also additional external storage and peripherals are recommended for workability and backup purposes.

  • External Monitor 27-inch flat panel or 40+ inch LCD/LED HDTV via HDMI if equipped
  • External Storage 1TB mini USB 3.0 hard drive
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse 3-button wired or bluetooth wireless mouse


Software -- Approximately $ 244.00 Total

The following are the required software applications for architecture students:


Adobe Creative Suite (or Adobe Creative Cloud) -- FREE through UMD TERPware program:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe inDesign
  • Adobe Illustrator

Autodesk -- FREE through Autodesk student software program

  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Autodesk Revit

Microsoft Office -- FREE through UMD TERPware program

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Powerpoint
  • Microsoft Excel

Bentley -- FREE through Bentley student software program

  • Bentley MicroStation
  • Bentley STAAD

Rhinoceros       $195

SketchUp Pro      $49