The Master of Architecture program, rich in instrumental and methodological diversity, exposes students to a rigorous and inventive architectural education. We enjoy a collaborative community, comprised of internationally recognized faculty who are primarily in residence throughout the semester to engage an energetic and culturally diverse student body. The program prepares graduates as design leaders, global citizens, and critical scholars. Our students learn to actively shape the values, boundaries, and methodologies of architectural practice.
WHY UVA ARCHITECTURE?
UVA Architecture Chair Jeana Ripple, Graduate Program Director Seth McDowell, and Assistant Professor Devin Dobrowolski share highlights of the program.
Learn about the M.Arch. program from our current students.
WHO SHOULD APPLY
We welcome students from diverse scholarly and professional backgrounds who are interested in critically shaping the built environment. As a student here, you have the opportunity to take advantage of UVA’s proud history as a renowned research university, with nationally and internationally ranked programs, distinguished faculty, and robust resources.
The Master of Architecture program welcomes applicants with any four-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Diverse scholarly and professional backgrounds enrich our educational environment in the first-professional graduate MArch program. Applicants with a previous architecture degree are eligible for advanced-placement.
INTERESTED IN OUR M.ARCH PROGRAM?
PATH 3.0: 99 CREDITS
The three-year Master of Architecture (First Professional) is a graduate professional degree intended for individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree in any field of study from an accredited college or university. The Path 3 program begins in July with the “Summer Design Institute” a four-week intensive introduction to design tools, concepts, and methodologies prior to the first semester of study. After the introductory summer session, students are expected to complete the program in six semesters.
PATH 2.0: 66 CREDITS
The two-year Master of Architecture (First Professional) is an advanced placement path, intended for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in architecture and received a recommendation from the admissions committee for advanced placement. Advanced Placement consideration is given to students who have completed a Bachelor of Science Architecture or a Bachelor of Architecture Degree.
Any potential Master of Architecture student can apply for a dual degree in Landscape Architecture, Architectural History, or Urban and Environmental Planning. Typically, a concurrent dual degree will require one additional year of study beyond the students designated MArch path. Learn more about our Dual Degrees and Graduate Certificates.