Architecture (M. Arch.)
Basic Degree Information/Description:
The Master of Architecture is an accredited first professional degree in architecture in preparation for becoming a licensed architect. It consists of a two-year sequence of courses that must be preceded by a pre-professional four-year degree such as the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Architecture offered at UTSA or its equivalent. In general, UTSA Graduate application deadline should be observed, however applicants wishing to be considered for financial assistance should submit all application materials to the Graduate School by January 19th for priority admission review for the following fall term.
Why pursue a Masters of Architecture at UTSA?
The College of Architecture’s location in downtown San Antonio, composed of several historic layers form the 17th century to the present, makes our programs the perfect laboratory for the in-depth exploration of creativity, professions, and research.
The College of Architecture is committed to preparing its graduates to be innovative leaders of the built environment. The College offers the Master of Architectural (M. Arch.) program as a first professional degree for those intending to enter the professional practice of architecture. The M. Arch. programs are fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Boards (NAAB), and build on a solid base of undergraduate studies in architecture to provide a challenging professional curriculum, which is seen as a capstone of professional studies.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Degree Requirements: Degree candidates must complete minimum of 52 semester credit hours. Additional coursework is required for students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than Architecture. For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.
Admission requirements and pre-requisites: Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.
Graduate Studies Application: Yes
Department Application: No
Transcripts: Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
Test Scores: General GRE required
Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation required addressing applicant's academic and/or professional skills.
Statement of Purpose: Letter of intent outlining the applicant's anticipated focus of studies and its impact on subsequent professional practice (typically no more than two pages in length).
Resume: M. Arch. 2-Required & M. Arch. 3-Recommended but not required. Please note this resume requirement is applicable for all applications through Summer 2013. Pending UT System approval, there will be no resume requirement (for either M. Arch. 2 or M. Arch. 3) for applicants applying for Fall 2013 or beyond.
Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet
Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5
Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.
Other Application Requirements: Portfolio, documenting proficiency in design, graphic communications, and other creative work.
Domestic Applicants (Citizens and Permanent Residents):
Spring- November 1 (Priority Deadline- October 1)
Summer- April 1 (Priority Deadline- March 1)
Fall- July 1 (Priority Deadline- March 1)
Spring- September 1
Summer- March 1
Fall- April 1 (Priority Deadline- March 1)
Graduate Advisor of Record: Rick Lewis, M.A.
Email Address: James.Lewis@utsa.edu
Telephone: (210) 458-2574
Contact the Graduate School: Contact now for more information.
Degree Catalog Link: http://www.utsa.edu/gcat/chapter6/COA/arcdept.html#mad
Career Options Available for an Architecture Graduate:
The majority of students that achieve the Masters Degree in the two professional programs in the College of Architecture (M. ARCH. 2 & M. ARCH. 3) will continue to practice architecture and pursue architectural licensure. Some of those students, however, also pursue careers in other built environment and creative arts professions such as: land development, graphic design, preservation, planning, etc. Students in the research program (M.S. ARCH.) pursue career opportunities in academic and institutional settings. Many of them also continue to pursue Ph.D. and other post-graduate degrees. Some students also continue to pursue a Ph.D. and other post-graduate degrees.
The Department of Architecture offers opportunities for competitive recruitment scholarships, for qualified applicants, which allow out-of-state and international applicants to pay tuition at the in-state rates. All applicants to the department’s graduate programs are automatically considered for these scholarships. The College of Architecture also has an annual scholarship program for existing students, which includes college scholarships as well as scholarships offered by institutions and foundations such as the Texas Architectural Foundation (TAF). Applications for these scholarships are solicited in the spring semester for the following academic year.
Course Scheduling and Offerings:
Most architecture graduate courses are offered during daily business hours. Design studios, the core component of the M. ARCH. programs, are typically offered on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, between 1 pm and 5 pm. A limited number of graduate seminars are available in the evening. Program classes are offered at the UTSA Downtown Campus.
Research taking place in the Architecture program:
The faculty members in the college undertake research in a variety of fields including: Building Design, Theory of Architecture, International Practice, Regionalism, Architecture of Mexico and the Southwest, Health & Wellness, Design/Build, and Fabrication.
The College of Architecture also offers two certificate programs in: Historic Preservation, and Urban and Regional Planning. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for additional information about these programs.