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:
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.
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.
Profile of Applicants
Applicants to the Master of Architecture degree come from diverse educational backgrounds and from many locations worldwide. They often bring with them valuable insights based on their wide-ranging life and educational experiences.