Area of Study and Degree
Master's Degree Plans
Thesis, Thesis Substitute (Design Thesis)
and Non-Thesis (Advanced Studio)
Interim Dean, School of Architecture
and Director of Architecture
C. Lee Wright
203 ED Architecture, 817-272-2801
203 EA Architecture, 817-272-2801
Ferrier, Hamilton, Henry,
Kuhner, McDermott, Mehta, Price
Gintole, Guy, Maruszczak,
Pinno, C. Wright, Yardley
The purpose of the Master of Architecture program is to
educate for ultimate leadership positions within the architecture profession.
Design is emphasized as central to the
discipline -- design
deeply informed by history, theory, technology, and the broader
cultural setting. Design studios, lecture courses, seminars, and
workshops develop the critical mind as well as the visual sensibility.
Architecture and its practice exist within the social fabric.
Thus discourse and communication are a vital part of the
educational process. Through case studies in studios and courses, the
student learns to present ideas, and to use and give commentary.
Visiting faculty -- leading practitioners and teachers from other
schools provide a rich connection to the world of building and to a variety
of views. In addition, international student exchange programs,
study-travel courses, and numerous internship opportunities in the
Dallas-Fort Worth area connect the learning of architecture with the
In the United States, most state registration boards require a
degree from an accredited 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 two types of degrees: the Bachelor
of Architecture and the Master of Architecture. A program may
be granted a five-year, three-year, or two-year term of
accreditation, depending on its degree of conformance with established
Master's degree programs may consist of a
pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree, which,
when earned sequentially, comprise an accredited professional
education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized
as an accredited degree. The University of Texas at Arlington does
not offer the Bachelor of Architecture degree.
The professional program leading to the Master of
Architecture degree consists of a sequence of coordinated core courses
that introduce and develop architectural knowledge; this is followed by
a flexible array of more advanced and speculative course options.
The preparation each student brings determines where, in this
progression from introductory to advanced work, the program is entered. Path
A is for those with a baccalaureate degree but no specific
background in architecture; this sequence normally takes 3.5 years to the M.Arch. Path B is for those with a four-year undergraduate baccalaureate
degree with a major in architecture; this sequence assumes satisfactory
core studies and consists of about two years of more advanced
professional studies. Path C is for those who already hold an accredited
professional degree in architecture and who wish for a second professional
degree; at least one year of advanced work is required.
Students earning the Master of Architecture degree must have
a prior undergraduate degree and make a satisfactory record of
progress and accomplishment in completing the required sequences
of graduate-level work. For Path A the total course load is 104
credit hours; for Path B, 57; and for Path C, 33. Advanced standing
and/or waiver of required courses may be granted after consultation
with the Graduate Advisor and relevant faculty.
Admission to the Master of Architecture program requires
a transcript of previous work, GRE scores, recommendations and a