Architecture- Master of Architecture

For information, contact:
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Architecture and Interior Design
Alumni Hall, Room 100A (513) 529-7026
http://arts.miamioh.edu/architecture-interior-design/programs/graduate-studies

Research and Support Facilities

Alumni Hall

The Department of Architecture and Interior Design is located in Alumni Hall, which for many years served as the University's main library. The central portion, which dates from 1909, was conceived as the most lavish building on campus when it was commissioned and remains an impressive space today. The rotunda is a focus for departmental ceremonies, receptions and the annual Graduate Program Dinner. Since its restoration and 30,000 square foot addition designed by the renowned architectural firm Hammond, Beeby & Babka of Chicago was completed in 1997, Alumni Hall has served as a focal point for campus-wide activities. Almost all of the Department's activities are housed within Alumni Hall, including individual studio space for each student in the program as well as classrooms, seminar spaces, faculty and administrative offices, the Department woodshop, digital fabrication lab, the Alumni Hall Cage Gallery, and the W.W. Wertz Art and Architecture Library. All department classes, except the larger lecture sessions, are taught in Alumni Hall.

The Department of Architecture and Interior Design supports a mobile computing environment with wireless Internet access provided to studio, lecture, seminar spaces, and the library. Students purchase/provide their own equipment that can support the software recommended by the digital media faculty. The Department, in cooperation with the School of Engineering and Applied Science, supports CNC/Rapid Prototyping equipment and processes.

Divisional Visual Resources Collection: Art Building

The Miami University School of Creative Arts maintains a divisional collection of visual resources located in the Art Building. The collection contains approximately 30,000 digital images. There are also 200,000 slides available, including approximately 80,000 architectural images, as well as a video and DVD collection with architecture department lectures and other architecture subjects.

The Hiestand Gallery: Hiestand Hall

The School of Creative Arts maintains a divisional art gallery in Hiestand Hall. The gallery supports faculty and student exhibits, traveling exhibitions, and other exhibit and performance events sponsored by the Departments of Art, Architecture & Interior Design, Theatre, and Music.

Admission Requirements

Applications are encouraged from students with degrees in other academic disciplines, as well as those with degrees equivalent to the four-year pre-professional degree Bachelor of Arts in Architecture.

Applicants must first satisfy the entrance requirements of the Graduate School. In addition, the department requires the following:

  1. A carefully-crafted personal statement describing how a Master of Architecture degree from Miami University will help you explore and meet your educational goals and professional aspirations. Your statement should also indicate how you intend to contribute to the teaching and learning culture of the graduate program in architecture.
  2. Three letters of recommendation with accompanying recommendation forms written by individuals who are able to assess your academic and professional potential. At least two letters should be sent from academic sources and one letter can be from a professional source. Recommendations should be sent directly to the Director of Architecture Graduate Studies by the student's referee.
  3. A portfolio of creative work is required for all M.Arch. I, M.Arch. II, and M.Arch. III program applicants.
  4. A curriculum vitae describing your academic and professional activity and accomplishments, scholarship, research, and personal creative activity should accompany the aforementioned requirements.
  5. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required in its entirety and will be considered in addition to the mandatory application materials listed above.

Applications and all supporting information must be received by January 15. Send university application forms to the Graduate School. Departmental admissions information (listed above) should be sent directly to the Director of Architecture Graduate Studies at the address below. Acceptance is based on careful review by the Graduate School as well as by the Graduate Admissions Committee of the Department of Architecture and Interior Design. Decisions regarding acceptance and graduate assistantship awards are usually made by early March.

Departmental application materials should be sent to:
Director of Graduate Studies in Architecture
Alumni Hall, Room 100A
Department of Architecture and Interior Design
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056

For additional information on curriculum and the application process, including the recommendation form and portfolio requirements, please see our Web site at http://arts.miamioh.edu/architecture-interior-design/admissions/graduate-admissions.

Program Requirements

Programs vary according to undergraduate preparation. The M.Arch. II is a two-year program entailing 60 credit hours of graduate level courses. (Additional credit hours required if all pre-requisites have not been met). This program is designed for students with the equivalent of Miami’s Bachelor of Arts in Architecture.

Students who do not have an architectural degree or equivalent can expect to complete a Master of Architecture degree in three and one-half years. The M.Arch. III program includes 42 credit hours of preparatory courses in addition to the final 63 credit hours for a total of 105 credit hours. After the preparatory courses in both semesters of your first year, you must undergo review from the graduate faculty to continue.

For students with five-year Bachelor of Architecture degrees, a post-professional program with a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate work is required (M.Arch. I). This program normally requires at least three semesters, including two semesters of studio, and may involve directed research and cross-disciplinary or interdepartmental courses and projects.

National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Statement

 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.

 Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture 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.

 The Department of Architecture and Interior Design at Miami University offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs: Master of Architecture I (first-professional Bachelor of Architecture degree + 36 graduate credits); Master of Architecture II (pre-professional degree + 60 graduate credits) and Master of Architecture III (non-pre-professional degree + 105 graduate credits). Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2015.

Transfer Credits

Students who have completed graduate course work in other architectural graduate programs may petition to receive credit for that work toward a Master of Architecture degree. Decisions about transfer credit, based on the applicant’s previous record, are made by the graduate committee. Transfer credit is granted for work equivalent in content and rigor to Miami University’s offerings and may not, by Graduate School stipulation, exceed one-third of the credit hours of graduate course work required by the Department of Architecture and Interior Design.

Length of Program

The program outlines, below, represent the minimum length of each curriculum track. Typically, course waivers granted by the director of graduate studies (in consultation with graduate faculty) do not reduce total credit hour requirements of a program. Under certain circumstances, students entering the M.Arch. III program with strong backgrounds in some design disciplines may petition to have their initial studio (ARC 581) waived. The nature of the studio sequence, however, normally prevents any reduction of semesters in residence in the M.Arch. I, M.Arch. II, and M.Arch. III programs.

These program tracks can be extended only upon consultation with the graduate director and the Graduate School. Candidates with insufficient backgrounds in core curricular areas, as determined by the director and graduate committee, will be required to take additional course work to attain the requisite curricular background.

Thesis

You must produce a written research thesis document and a design thesis project with guidance and approval of a committee of graduate faculty from the Department and the University. The thesis must meet standards, format, and procedures established by the Department of Architecture and Interior Design.

Program Outlines

The Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Miami's graduate program in architecture accepts students from three different preparation backgrounds. Students from pre-professional undergraduate architecture programs who wish to complete their professional education and hold a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture or a Bachelor of Science in Architecture apply to the M.Arch. II Program. Those who have earned an undergraduate degree in fields other than architecture apply to the M.Arch. III Program. Additionally, students who have already completed an accredited Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree at an accredited North American college or university, and who wish to pursue a specialized field of research, may apply to the M.Arch. I Program.

Two-Year Professional Program in Architecture (M. Arch. II)

(60 credit hours with pre-professional design degree. Additional credit hours will be required if all pre-requisites have not been met).

The two-year professional program is designed for students with a pre-professional degree that is the equivalent of a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. Normally, a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Architecture is considered an equivalent pre-professional degree. Other undergraduate degree programs, in which the students have completed four years of architectural design studio and requisite coursework in architectural history and architectural technology, may also satisfy partial requirements for admission to the M.Arch. II Program.

Students admitted to the two-year program must complete 60 graduate credit hours, normally completed in two academic years. Additional credit hours required if all prerequisites have not been met. All students in the M.Arch. II Program are expected to produce a written thesis document and a design thesis project. Timely completion of the program largely depends on the effort devoted to thesis research and site investigation during the summer prior to the thesis year. Holders of graduate assistantships may receive tuition, a stipend, and academic credit for summer independent study. Students who have previously completed coursework that is the equivalent to required courses in the M.Arch. II sequence may be given credit for that work toward completion of the Master of Architecture degree from Miami. While students may petition to have these course requirements waived, the total credit hours required for graduation will not be reduced. Miami credit and waivers are approved only by the Department's graduate faculty in consultation with the Director of Architecture Graduate Studies. The following proposal outlines the typical sequence of required courses and electives for the two-year term.

First year (33 credit hours)

Fall

A 500 level Departmental Graduate Seminar (3) *

* See Advisor to determine eligible course options

ARC 513 Environmental Systems I3 (3)

ARC 601 Architecture Studio1 (6)

ARC 634 Architecture Theory and Research (3)

Spring

ARC 511 Structural Design3 (3)

ARC 514 Environmental Systems II (3)

ARC 602 Architecture Studio1,2 (6)

ARC 636 Design and Research Methods (3)

Summer

ARC 700 Directed Thesis Research (3)

Second year (Thesis Year) (27 credit hours)

Fall

A 500 level Departmental Graduate Seminar (3)*

* See Advisor to determine eligible course options

ARC 512 Structural Design3 (3)

ARC 541 Professional Practice3 (3)

ARC 701 Pre-Thesis Architecture Studio (6)

Spring

ARC 551 Modern Architecture (3)1

ARC 702 Thesis Architecture Studio (6)

A Graduate Level elective (3)

1 ARC 517 Architectural Materials, ARC 518 Construction Methods, and ARC 621-622 History and Philosophy of Environmental Design (or their equivalent) are the normal prerequisites for ARC 601-602. A pre-semester review will be held to determine if these prerequisites are met.

2 ARC 513 Environmental Systems (or the equivalent) is a prerequisite for ARC 602.

3 ARC 511, ARC 512, ARC 513, ARC 514, ARC 541 and ARC 551 can be waived and elective coursework substituted if the student demonstrates that course requirements have been met in their previous curriculum.

Three-and-One-Half Year Professional Program in Architecture (M. Arch. III)

(105 credit hour track for students with degrees in other disciplines)

The three-and-one-half year professional program is designed for students whose undergraduate degrees are outside the field of architecture. The program was established for two reasons. First, M.Arch. III students are generally a diverse group of individuals who bring perspective and an intellectual maturity that can benefit the program. Second, these students often return to school after significant work experience and, when combined with their prior education, can significantly enrich the teaching and learning culture of the graduate program and the Department at large.

Students admitted to the M.Arch. III graduate program must complete 105 graduate credit hours that are normally completed in three academic years and three summer terms. All students in the M.Arch.III program are expected to produce a written thesis document and a thesis design project. Timely completion of the program depends on the effort devoted to thesis research and site investigation during the summer prior to the thesis year. Holders of graduate assistantships may receive tuition, a stipend, and academic credit for summer independent study. Students who have previously completed coursework that is the equivalent to that required in the M.Arch. III sequence may be given credit for that work toward completion of the Master of Architecture degree. While students may petition to have these course requirements waived, the credit hours required to fulfill degree requirements will not be reduced. Miami credit and waivers are approved only by the Department's graduate faculty in consultation with the Director of Architecture Graduate Studies.

The first year of the 105 credit-hour-track is a preparatory year during which students receive intensive education in the fundamental principles of architectural design, graphic communication and visual analysis, architectural history and theory, and architectural technology. For M.Arch. III graduate students to continue in the program, design work from the preparatory year must be reviewed and approved by a committee of graduate faculty at the conclusion of the spring semester.

The following curriculum outlines the typical sequence of required courses and electives for the three-and-one-half-year term.

First (Preparatory) year (42 credit hours)

Summer

ARC 581 Architecture Studio (6)

ARC 612 Graphic Media I (2)

Fall

ARC 517 Architectural Materials (3)

ARC 582 Architecture Studio (6)

ARC 613 Graphic Media II (2)

ARC 621 History and Philosophy of Environmental Design (3)

Spring

ARC 518 Construction Methods (3)

ARC 583 Design Studio (6)

ARC 614 Graphic Media III (2)

ARC 622 History and Philosophy of Environmental Design (3)

Summer

ARC 584 Design Studio (6)

Second Year (33 credit hours)

Fall

ARC 510 Statics and Strength of Materials (3)

ARC 513 Environmental Control Systems I (3)

ARC 601 Architecture Studio (6)

ARC 634 Architectural Theory and Research (3)

Spring

ARC 511 Structural Design (3)

ARC 514 Environmental Control Systems II (3)

ARC 602 Design Studio (6)

ARC 636 Design and Research Methods (3)

Summer

ARC 700 Directed Thesis Research (3)

Third Year (Thesis Year) (30 credit hours)

Fall

A 500 Level Departmental Graduate Seminar (3)*

*See Advisor to determine eligible course options

ARC 512 Structural Design (3)

ARC 541 Professional Practice (3)

ARC 701 Pre-Thesis Architecture Studio (6)

Spring

A 500 Level Departmental Graduate Seminar (3)*

*See Advisor to determine eligible course options

ARC 551 Modern Architecture (3)1

ARC 702 Thesis Architecture Studio (6)

A Graduate Level Elective (3)

Post Professional Master of Architecture (M. Arch. I)

(36 credit hour track)

The one-year, post-professional program is for holders of the Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.) degree from a North American institution whose program has been accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Having fulfilled academic requirements in preparation for internship and for the eventual licensing examination, holders of the B.Arch. may enter Miami's graduate program in order to pursue specialized interests in a variety of areas. The 36 credit hour track will normally be completed in one academic year and a summer term. The program includes two semesters of studio, may involve directed research, and may include cross-disciplinary or interdepartmental courses and projects. Because the character of the program is individualized, it must be negotiated between the graduate student, the student's adviser, and the director of architecture graduate studies. Potential subjects of study should be related to areas of expertise represented by Miami's Architecture and Interior Design faculty. These include, but are not limited to: architectural history, historic building documentation, architectural criticism, architectural journalism, theory, regionalism, housing, urbanism, pedagogy, energy efficient building design, graphics and computer applications in architecture. A final thesis design and written thesis document are required. Strong liaisons between the Department of Architecture and Interior Design and the Departments of Theatre, Music, and Art in the School of Creative Arts, and with other departments at the University, make the construction of personalized and imaginative curricula feasible, and interdisciplinary projects conceived in this manner are encouraged.

Fall

A 500 Level Departmental Graduate Seminar (3)*1

A 500 Level Departmental Graduate Seminar (3)*1

ARC 701 Pre-Thesis Architecture Studio (6)

*See Advisor to determine eligible course options

Elective (3)

Spring

ARC 702 Thesis Architecture Studio (6)

A 500 Level Departmental Graduate Seminar (3)*1

A 500 Level Departmental Graduate Seminar (3)*1

*See Advisor to determine eligible course options

A Graduate Level Elective (3)2

Summer

A Graduate Level Elective (3)2

A Graduate Level Elective (3)2

1 Architectural history theory electives

2 Elective coursework that supports your basic program chosen from this or other graduate programs. With your adviser’s approval, you are expected to develop a program consistent with your educational objectives and needs.

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