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

Prospective students must complete the application and submit all the requirements before the deadlines listed below:

  • Fall (August - December): February 15
  • Spring (January - May): September 15 of preceding year

International Prospective Students are advised to complete and submit all the application requirements at least 1 month before the deadlines listed above to allow enough time for processing the immigration documents.

Academic 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.

Prerequisites

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

Admission requirements

  • Transcripts:  Your application will be processed based on Unofficial Transcripts and you will be able to upload a copy of your Unofficial Transcripts directly in your Graduate application. If the admission decision is to accept you into the program Official Final Transcripts will be required.

    Domestic and International Prospective students who graduated from an educational institution outside the U.S. are recommended to have transcript evaluations done through one of our approved credential evaluation agencies: WES or ECE.
  • 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.).
  • English proficiency: English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum scores. To learn more please visit our entrance exams page.

Additional requirements for international students

  • In addition to fulfilling the regular admission requirements, International students with academic acceptance who are coming to Andrews University need to submit additional documents in order to process a student visa. For more information please visit the International Students page.

    If you will be pursuing an Online program that requires you to come to campus for an orientation or class please contact the International Student Services for more specific information.

Finances

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

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