The School of Architecture offers a three-year, NAAB-accredited* first professional Master of Architecture (MArch) degree to students with either an undergraduate degree in architectural studies, or an undergraduate degree in any other field of study. The studio-centered curriculum is supported by required and elective coursework in architectural technology and theory. The typical three-year course of study proceeds roughly through the following stages:
1. Incorporate the knowledge, techniques, methods and manners of the discipline;
2. Apply disciplinary means to frame and respond to the given problems and requests of external situations;
3. Expand the discipline by conducting advanced design research that identifies and addresses concerns that have yet to be recognized.
Prerequisites for students with non-architecture backgrounds
Applicants without a background in architecture must have completed a calculus course with analytical geometry as well as a year-long survey in art history or architectural history prior to enrolling in the program. Applicants with a bachelors degree in architecture will have fulfilled these requirements during their undergraduate studies and therefore will not be required to take any additional prerequisites.
Applicants with a four-year, pre-professional degree in architecture may be considered for advanced standing into the second year of the MArch if they have a background that includes a minimum of six design studios (eight preferred) and a portfolio that demonstrates studio work that the admission committee deems equivalent to one year of graduate design studio at UIC. Also required is upper-level course work in theory and history equivalent to Arch 531/532, at least one year of architectural and environmental technology, and one year of structures. Advanced placement is not guaranteed and is highly selective.
*Required text from NAAB:
"In the United States, most state 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 U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Master's degree programs may consist of a preprofessional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree."
Prospective students are also encouraged by NAAB to consult these resources: