Path C: Three-Year Master of Architecture

Three-year Professional Degree 

Path C is a three-year Master of Architecture (M. Arch) professional degree designed for students entering the School with a four-year undergraduate degree in a field other than architecture. Students begin with an intensive three-term foundational sequence of studio, history, theory and technology courses in preparation for the final three terms. The final three terms are focused on concentration and terminal design projects. Required studio and seminar courses are supplemented by other courses to meet the NAAB standards. Students must earn 90 credit hours (99 maximum) over six semesters, including a normal load of 18 credit hours for the first three terms, in order to graduate. Advanced standing may be given to students who have completed some portion of their non-studio course work prior to admission, but the six-semester studio sequence is required of all Path C candidates. 

Courses for the Path C Student

Both concentrations, First 54 Credits:

Pre-Arch (Summer)

  • Introduction to Architectural Representation (0 credit hours)

First Term (Fall)

  • Architectural Design I (6 credit hours)
  • Architectural History I (3 credit hours)
  • Building Technology I (3 credit hours)
  • Structures I (3 credit hours)
  • Environmental Systems I (3 credit hours)

Total Credit Hours: 18

Second Term (Spring)

  • Architectural Design II (6 credit hours)
  • Architectural History II (3 credit hours)
  • Building Technology II (3 credit hours)
  • Structures II (3 credit hours)
  • Introduction to CAD (3 credit hours)

Total Credit Hours: 18

Third Term (Fall)

  • Architectural Design III (6 credit hours)
  • History of Rome (3 credit hours)
  • Urban Elements and Principles (3 credit hours)
  • Environmental Systems II (3 credit hours)
  • Structures III (3 credit hours)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Total Credit Hours: 18

Classical Architecture Concentration

Fourth Term (Spring)

  • Classical Architecture I (6 credit hours)
  • Architectural Treatises (3 credit hours)
  • Architectural Elective (3 credit hours)
  • Architectural Elective (3 credit hours)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Total Credit Hours: 12-15

Fifth Term (Fall - Rome)

  • Classical Architecture II (6 credit hours)
  • Italian Classicism (3 credit hours)
  • Architectural History of Rome (3 credit hours)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Total Credit Hours: 12

Sixth Term (Spring)

  • Terminal Design Project (6 credit hours)
  • Professional Practice (3 credit hours)
  • Architectural Elective (3 credit hours)
  • Architectural Elective (3 credit hours)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Total Credit Hours: 12-15

Urban Design Concentration

Fourth Term (Spring - Rome)

  • Urban Design I (6 credit hours)
  • Italian Urbanism (3 credit hours)
  • Urban History of Rome (3 credit hours)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Total Credit Hours: 12

Fifth Term (Fall)

  • Urban Design II (6 credit hours)
  • Architectural Elective (3 credit hours)
  • Architectural Elective (3 credit hours)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Total Credit Hours: 12-15

Sixth Term (Spring)

  • Terminal Design Project (6 credit hours)
  • Professional Practice (3 credit hours)
  • After Urbanism (3 credit hours)
  • Architectural Elective (3 credit hours)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Total Credit Hours: 12-15