Architecture—MArch

This professional degree program is designed for students who have previously earned an undergraduate degree that may be in an unrelated area of study. Acceptance is required to both the University School of Graduate Studies and the School of Architecture. Under this option, the student spends the first two years completing the undergraduate prerequisite architectural core courses. The final year similar to the final year of the 5-1/2 year Master of Architecture degree track. This program results in the professional degree, accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit US professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a six-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Andrews University School of Architecture offers the following
NAAB-accredited programs:

MArch (pre-professional + 30 graduate credits)
MArch (non-pre-professional degree + 102 credits)
Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2012

(The National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc., 2009 Conditions for Accreditation) 

Program length

This 102-credit program can typically be completed in 3.5 years; however, 4 years is recommended.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall (begins August): February 15
  • Spring (begins January): September 15

Students who do not meet the application deadline and choose to apply will be deferred to the next term.

Eligibility requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree: A four-year degree from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S.
  • Undergraduate GPA: Minimum 3.00. The entire student profile is considered during the admissions process; students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may also apply.
  • English proficiency: Students whose language of education is not English must submit a minimum TOEFL or MELAB score of 80.

Prerequisites

ARCH126, ART104, MATH 168 and PHYS141 is recommended and may be required at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Admission requirements

  • Official transcripts: From institutions where all post-secondary coursework was taken. Download Transcript Request PDF
  • Recommendations: Two recommendations are required from professionals—such as advisors, major professors, and employers—excluding relatives. You are asked to provide names and email addresses on the online application, and then recommenders will receive an email with a direct link to the form.
  • Resume or professional history: Information about your employment, research, or special projects.
  • GRE score: The exam must be taken within five years prior to admission.
  • Statement of Purpose: A 500-word essay explaining your objectives in seeking a graduate degree at Andrews University. Include a description of your personal, professional, and academic goals; your philosophical perspective; and what you hope to accomplish professionally in ten years following the completion of your degree.
  • Portfolio: A portfolio meeting the following guidelines is required—8.5 x 11 inch format, reproductions only (do not submit original work), include anything that demonstrates creative ability (drawing, painting, sketching, writing, etc.).

Additional requirements for international students

  • English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum scores.
  • Transcripts: Students have two options for submitting their transcripts.
    1. Sending transcripts directly from the university attended. Official, literal English translations of transcripts, along with the original-language documents, from institutions where English is not considered the official language.

      OR
    2. Having official transcript evaluations done through one of our approved credential evaluation agencies: WES, AACRAO or ECE. Evaluations must be sent directly from the organization us and must include:
      • At least the overall GPA
      • Degree title equivalent in the U.S.
      • Date the degree was conferred
      These are the guidelines you must follow if you use any of the approved credential evaluation agencies:
      • WES: Students who choose this organization must request the WES International Credential Advantage Package (WES ICAP) which includes verified copies of official transcripts. Students using WES ICAP will not need to submit additional copies of transcripts.
      • AACRAO: Students who choose this organization must also send official transcripts in both the original language and in English to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
      • ECE: Students who choose this organization must also send official transcript in both the original language and in English to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
  • Bachelor’s degree diploma: A copy of the literal English translation of the diploma, along with the original-language document may be sent by email. The copy of the Diploma is not needed if the transcripts come through an approved credential evaluation agency (WESAACRAOECE) listing the graduation date. Also, a copy of the diploma is not needed if the transcripts list the graduation date and degree conferred.
  • Secondary Documents: A copy of these Secondary Documents may be required where applicable.
    • Baccalaureate for the French system
    • Abitur Diploma for the German system 
    • A-level results for the British system
  • Summary of Educational Experience: Complete the educational summary form and submit to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
  • I-20 form: International students must obtain an I-20 form before applying for a visa. The requirements for obtaining an I-20 form are:
    • Academic acceptance
    • Payment of $3,000 advance deposit (not required for Mexico and Canada, $2000 for Summer 2013)
    • Submit the Estimated Budget Sheet showing evidence of financial resources for one academic year
    • A full semester payment in advance is required for citizens of Kenya and Ethiopia

The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional documents at its own discretion.

Finances

To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.

Next steps

You can read up on application requirements, finances and frequently asked questions; or submit your application.

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