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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 offers admission in fall, spring and summer terms.
All deadlines for all terms can be reviewed on the Graduate School web-page for Master's Degree Application Deadlines. Please note, applicants wishing to be considered for financial assistance should submit all application materials to the Graduate School by January 15 for a Fall term start.
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 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.
- Required Degree: A preprofessional bachelor’s degree in architecture or related field.
- Other Degree Requirements: A minimum grade point average of no less than 3.0 in the applicant’s last 60 hours of coursework (including all graduate and postgraduate coursework taken).
- General University Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
- Application: A complete Graduate School application.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae: None.
- Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation.
- Statement of Purpose: Letter of Intent that clearly and succinctly outlines the applicant’s goals for graduate study, including anticipated focus of study and impact on subsequent professional practice.
- Test Scores: General GRE, not older than five years old.
- Other: Portfolio, documenting proficiency in design, graphic communications, and other creative work.
- Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
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
- Architecture of Mexico and the Southwest
- Health & Wellness
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.