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Master of Architecture (M.Arch)

The University of Michigan's Taubman College Master of Architecture is an accredited three-year professional degree. Students who have earned a pre-professional degree in architecture may be eligible for admission with advanced standing.

Important Dates & Information:

Application Deadline: January 6 at 11:59 p.m. EST annually

Portfolio Deadline: January 6 at 11:59 p.m. EST annually
Enrollment Deposit and Intent to Enroll Deadline: April 15 annually


Taubman College’s Master of Architecture is a 99-credit-hour degree that draws upon the diverse backgrounds of each student to encourage a multi-faceted discussion of architecture. To be eligible for admission, students must hold an undergraduate degree in any field. Students who have completed a pre-professional four-year bachelor of science degree with a major in architecture or a five-year bachelor of architecture degree can apply for the 60-credit-hour advanced standing track.

The Taubman College Master of Architecture is committed to the idea that architectural education in the 21st century can build upon a plurality of foundations – diverse epistemologies, experiences, histories, methodologies, and technical and conceptual capacities. In doing so, we understand that architecture is a cultural product that always negotiates a complex multitude of voices and ideas, and a myriad of social, political, and aesthetic concerns. Through the intellectual diversity of our internationally recognized faculty, and through the experimental spirit within our studios, we seek to model that plurality.

At a time when architecture is increasingly confronted by changing social, technological, and environmental contexts, we prepare students for their futures by cultivating a dynamic educational environment where assumptions are challenged, ideas are debated, and emergent design methods are forged. Taubman architecture graduates enter their careers charged with expertise in the most innovative global design practices, an understanding of architecture’s histories and potential futures, and an aptitude to think actively in the world that makes them agents of progress for a better, more just and beautiful built environment.

Our degree’s embrace of a plurality of perspectives is further enhanced by the composition of the college, which includes urban planners, doctoral students, and post-professional students of urban design, and digital and material technologies, and by our context within the nation’s top public research university.

Coursework for the 99-credit curriculum begins in late June. Coursework for the 60-credit curriculum begins in late August.

Eligibility for the Master of Architecture

There are two required prerequisite courses that a student should have completed prior to beginning coursework in the summer half term (late June). These courses must be taken for credit at an accredited institution and the student must earn a C or better in the course. The two prerequisites are:

  • 1 calculus course (3 credit hours minimum - may be taken online)
  • 1 physics course (lecture and lab) (4 credits - may be taken online)

We also highly recommend students interested in the 3-year M.Arch. program take two studio art or design courses. The purpose of the studio courses is to explore the design process and the art of making, thereby solidifying an interest in architectural study, and to create work to include in the admissions portfolio. Examples of studio courses include but are not limited to:

  • Architecture
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Design (2D or 3D)
  • Woodworking
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Metalworking
  • Fashion Design
  • Interior Design
  • Illustration
  • Animation
  • Jewelry Making
  • Photography
  • Printmaking

Sample Schedule

Admission with Advanced Standing

Individuals who have completed a pre-professional four-year Bachelor of Science degree with a major in architecture or a five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree may be eligible for admission with advanced standing, subject to the review of the admissions committee. These students will complete a two-year, 60-credit hour course of study.

A strong architectural design portfolio consisting of a minimum of four studios and previous coursework that fulfills the majority of required courses in the first year of our 99-credit hour curriculum is required. Applicants whose undergraduate work does not meet these criteria will be considered for admission to the three-year course of study.

Students admitted with Advanced Standing begin in the fall term.

Eligibility for Advanced Standing

Applicants wishing to be considered for Advanced Standing must have a bachelor of science degree in architecture or allied discipline.

A student should have completed the following prerequisite courses as part of their undergraduate degree in architecture.

  • 4 sequential architecture design studio courses (5-6 credits each course)*
  • 1 construction course (3 credits)
  • 2 structure courses (6 credits)
  • 1 environmental systems courses (3 credits)
  • 2 history of architecture courses (6 credits)
  • 1 architecture theory course (3 credits)

If any course deficiencies are found, the student must complete extra courses in addition to the regular 60 credit hours of the Master of Architecture curriculum. Any course deficiencies will be noted in your letter of admission.

*Studio course deficiencies will disqualify students from advanced standing eligibility.


In the United States, most 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 professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-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 require a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

University of Michigan Taubman College offers the following NAAB-accredited degree:

Master of Architecture: (non-pre-professional degree + 99 credit hours)

Master of Architecture with Advanced Standing: (pre-professional degree (B.S. in Architecture) + 60 graduate credit hours

Stem Designated Degree Program

The Master of Architecture degree is an approved field of study within the U.S. government's official STEM fields list. When a student earns a degree in a field on the STEM fields list, they may be eligible for the 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension. OPT is defined as practical work experience in your field of study after completion of a degree. With a STEM degree, a student's "regular" OPT of 12 months may be extended for an additional 24 months. For further details regarding STEM extensions contact the International Center.


Taubman College Career and Professional Development offers a variety of programs, services and resources to assist students and alumni in exploring careers, securing positions and continuing skill development and management.

For additional information on career opportunities, visit our career and professional development page.


Gradient is an online platform for current conversations in architecture and urbanism at Taubman College and beyond. The journal highlights the wide variety of expertise and methods and diverse ways of designing and theorizing the built environment’s role in the world. Project Papers further spotlight the intellectual diversity of our internationally recognized faculty.


Contact Admissions at TaubmanCollegeAdmissions@umich.edu

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