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Master of Architecture / Master of Science Digital and Material Technologies

The MArch 2G / MS-DMT Dual Degree is a course sequence that allows a student to receive both a MArch and a MS in Digital and Material Technologies in a sequence that incorporates two major academic strengths of the school while also being mindful of duration and tuition factors.

Program Overview

The MArch/MS-DMT Dual Degree combines the two-year/60 credit hour (4 terms) MArch professional degree with the three semester /36 credit hour (3 terms) MS-DMT post-professional degree. The resulting 6-term/81 credit hour program of study, includes up to 16 double counted credit hours. Graduates with the dual degree are highly qualified professionals who pursue careers in academia, at a wide range of private and public agencies and in non-profit organizations.

Course of Study

Given the location of the courses within the calendar, in particular with the MS program falling within a summer, and both Thesis and Capstone sharing a location in the Winter term, it is possible for a student to acquire a dual degree over the course of 6 semesters; 2 years of a fall and winter with a summer term in the middle, and one additional fall semester.  To finish within this timeframe students would need to focus on the MS work in the middle of the MArch sequence.  MS Capstone would replace the student taking Thesis, and the student would return to the MArch program to take Systems after having completed the MS concentration.


Degree Requirements

The dual MArch/MS-DMT degree requires the completion of a minimum of 81 credit hours.

Students may apply for admission to both the MArch and MS-DMT programs simultaneously, or apply to the MS-DMT program while in residence during the first year of the MArch.

Specifically, a student must complete:

  • A minimum of 45 credit hours of required and core Arch courses: 18 credits of the studio sequence (Arch 552, Arch 562, Arch 672) and 18 credit hours of required architecture courses (Arch 515– Sustainable Systems, Arch 516- Architectural Representation, Arch 527- Integrative Systems, Arch 537– Fabrication, Arch 572-Architectural Theory and Criticism, Arch 583- Professional Practice)
  • A minimum of 9 credit hours in 500/600 elective Architecture courses
  • A minimum of 36 MS-DMT: 18 credits of the following courses Arch 700-MS Practicum, Arch 714-MS Proseminar, Arch701-Theories in Digital Technologies, Arch 739-MS Capstone Studio, Three of the four listed (9 credit hours):  Arch 702-Robotic Engagement, Arch 703-Virtual Engagement, Arch 707-Systems Engagement, Arch 708-Virtual Engagement.
  • Three credit hours of electives, Arch 500/600 elective courses and six credits of Arch 500/600 elective courses or cognate courses.

Up to 16 credit hours may be double-counted toward the two degrees and students must earn a cumulative GPA of "B" in each unit. Below are the specific courses that are double counted:

Arch 701 Theories in Digital Technologies (3 credits)
Arch 70x or Elective 1 of the 4 ARCH 70x or elective (3 credits)
Arch 739 MS Capstone Studio (6 credits)

Sample Course Sequence

The following sequence presents a sample or representative array of courses that would satisfy the dual degree program of study. Applicants interested in undertaking the dual degree program of study should confer with the chair and director of the MArch and MS program degrees to discuss course options. Once enrolled in the dual degree program of study, the student is responsible for ensuring that all degree requirements have been met and should confer with academic advisors regularly during his/her studies accordingly.

View the M.Arch/MS-DMT Dual Degree course sequence (PDF)

Year 1 Graduate Study

Fall Term Credit Hours
Arch 552 Arch Design (Institutions) 6
Arch 516 or 537 Representation/Fabrications 3
Arch 515 Sustainable Systems 3
Elective   3
Total   15
Winter Term Credit Hours
Arch 562 Arch Design (Propositions) 6
Arch 516 or 537 Representation/Fabrications 3
Arch 572 Architecture Theory & Criticism 3
Elective   3
Total   15
Summer Term Credit Hours
Arch 700 MS Practicum 6
Arch 714 MS Proseminar 3
Total   9

Year 2 Graduate Study

Fall Term Credit Hours
Arch 701 Theories in Digital Technologies 3
(Three of the next 4 plus an elective, or all 4)
Arch 702 Robotic Engagement 3
Arch 703 Virtual Engagement 3
Arch 707 Material Engagement 3
Arch 708 Systems Engagement 3
Total   15
Winter Term Credit Hours
Arch 739 MS Capstone Studio 6
Elective/Cognate   3
Elective Cognate   3
Total   12

Year 3 Graduate Study

Fall Term Credit Hours
Arch 672 Arch Design (Systems) 6
Arch 527 Integrative Systems 3
Arch 583 Professional Practice 3
Elective   3
Total   15

Admission Requirements

Students must file separate applications to and be admitted by both programs. An application fee must accompany each application. Each program will apply its own standards in making admission decisions. Applicants may apply to both the MArch and MS programs simultaneously, or they may apply first to the MArch program and then, if admitted, apply to the MS program during their first year of MArch graduate study.


Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Graduate M.Arch Admissions
2000 Bonisteel Blvd. Room 2150
Phone: (734) 764-1300
Email: TaubmanCollegeAdmissions@umich.edu

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