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Architecture (M. Arch.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Master of Architecture, Construction and Planning is an accredited first professional degree in architecture in preparation for becoming a licensed architect and there are two tracks students can apply for; M. Arch. 2 and M. Arch. 3.

  • M. Arch. 2: This track is designed for students who have earned architectural degrees (such as B.A., B.S., and B.E.D.) and consists of studies focused on developing the next generation of critical practitioners. This studio-based professional program is normally two years (52 semester credit hours) in length and is completed via an independently-derived, research-informed design project. The M. Arch. 2 offers admission in fall, spring and summer terms.
  • M. Arch. 3: This track is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than architecture. This professional program includes one year of preparatory studies (39 semester credit hours) in preparation for the following two years (52 semester credit hours) of the Master of Architecture (M.Arch. 2) program sequence. These preparatory studies are required to be completed in full, as a condition of admission. We encourage students from all disciplines to consider this program as a means for entering the profession of architecture. The M. Arch. 3 only offers admission for the fall term.

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 March 1st for priority admission review for the upcoming fall term.

Why pursue a Masters of Architecture at UTSA?

The College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’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.

CACP 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 prerequisites:

  • Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.

Application requirements:

  • A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
  • A complete Graduate Studies application.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
  • General GRE
  • Two Letters of Recommendation required addressing applicant's academic and/or professional skills.
  • Statement of Purpose outlining the applicant's anticipated focus of studies and its impact on subsequent professional practice (typically no more than two pages in length).
  • Portfolio, documenting proficiency in design, graphic communications, and other creative work.
  • 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.

Career Options Available

The majority of students that achieve the Masters Degree in the two professional programs in the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning (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. 

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
  • Fabrication

The College of Architecture, Construction and Planning also offers two certificate programs in  Historic Preservation and Urban and Regional Planning. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for additional information about these programs.

Funding Opportunities

The Colllege of Architecture, Construction and Planning 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, Construction and Planning 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.