Graduate Programs


The Notre Dame School of Architecture graduate programs in architecture, urban design, and historic preservation promote built environments that are durable, useful, and beautiful, and which are supportive of strong communities.  The School seeks to train designers, preservationists, scholars, and advocates for the built environment who can play a leading role in a variety of disciplines and arenas.  Towards these ends, the graduate curriculum promotes the understanding of detail, building, and city as a continuous and interdependent scalar spectrum.  It engages both intellectual endeavor and the practical teaching of craft in order that the best lessons of historic precedent might be learned, expanded upon, and combined with a judicious use of contemporary strategies, materials, and methodologies in order to contribute toward buildings and urbanism which are environmentally and culturally sustainable.  Graduates of the School of Architecture graduate programs recognize that they are stewards of their communities, both local and global, and that as part of a living tradition, it is a critical part of their work to further the education of clients, communities, and future generations of designers and citizens.

Historic Preservation 

The School of Architecture is proud to introduce a two-year Master of Science in Historic Preservation program.  It is only natural that a program dedicated to the development of buildings and places that are lasting and meaningful to the communities that inhabit them provide education in the care for great existing buildings and places through thoughtful preservation practices.


Architecture & Urban Design

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The School of Architecture offers two graduate architecture degrees: Master of Architectural Design and Urbanism (M.ADU)

  • 2-year post-professional degree (Path A)

 and Master of Architecture (M.Arch)*

  • 2-year (Path B) professional degree
  • 3-year (Path C) professional degree

*Both the 2- and 3-year M.Arch degrees are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Eligibility for one degree program or another is based solely on an applicant's educational background.

Students seeking a two-year MADU post-professional degree (Path A) must hold an accredited professional degree in architecture (B.Arch or M.Arch) or the international equivalent.

Note:  International students who elect to join the post-professional M.ADU program are affirming that they have achieved their country's professional degree—sufficient to test for or to be granted a license there.  Those students wishing to become licensed in the United States should note that the M.ADU post-professional degree is not accredited and therefore not sufficient to qualify for testing in the U.S. based on the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) criteria.  These students may wish to either seek review of their educational and professional credentials by NCARB or to join one of the professional degree programs, again, dependent upon their educational background.

Students seeking a two-year M.Arch professional degree (Path B) must hold either a Bachelor of Art in Architecture or a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. 

Students seeking a three-year M.Arch professional degree (Path C) may come from any other discipline as long as they hold a minimum of an accredited Bachelor's degree. 

The School of Architecture offers one additional course of study, the Discretionary Dual Degree (Path D). This option is available by application only in a professional degree student's penultimate semester.