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The MArch is an accredited professional degree program at ASU.

Two programs of study are available. The two-year program is for applicants who have completed the four-year BSD in architectural studies at ASU or who have earned an equivalent degree from another school. The three-plus program for applicants with an undergraduate degree in a discipline or field other than architecture.

Both programs promote broad areas of knowledge, professional skill and a social awareness that the architect must command if architecture is to enhance contemporary life and remain an enduring and valid expression of society.

At A Glance

Architecture, MArch

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. a portfolio, letter of intent and contact information of three references submitted via SlideRoom (
  4. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency. The minimum score for admission to the program is 80 (internet-based) or 550 (paper-based) on the TOEFL or an overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS. Other information can be found at

The portfolio, letter of intent and references are required by the Design School in addition to the Graduate College application requirements.

Applicants are encouraged to report GRE scores, especially if the applicant's background is broad or other than a traditional design major, but it is not required.

A personal interview is not required; however, a candidate wishing to visit the school is welcome and should make arrangements by contacting the department.

Admission to the program is selective. Admission cannot be deferred; students must enroll in the semester for which they are admitted, otherwise they will need to go through the entire application process again for the year in which they are applying.

Applicants may be admitted to the program with deficiencies if their previous coursework is not equivalent to the ASU undergraduate requirements and standards. If a student is assigned any deficiency coursework by the academic unit upon admission, those courses must be completed with a grade of "B" (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher before completing the graduate program's required coursework. A Master of Architecture student with assigned deficiencies has two pathways: the three-year plus pathway with up to 42 credit hours which begins in the summer, and the the two-year plus pathway with up to 15 credit hours which begins in the spring. Deficiency courses may include:

ADE 510 Foundation Architectural Studio
ADE 511 Core Architectural Studio I
ADE 512 Core Architectural Studio II
ALA 235 Introduction to Computer Modeling
APH 313 History of Architecture I
APH 314 History of Architecture II
APH 509 Foundation Seminar
ATE 361 Architectural Technology I
ATE 362 Architectural Technology II
ATE 452 Architectural Technology III

Admission requirements to the two-year pathway: Applicants must have completed a four-year Bachelor of Science degree with a major in architectural studies or a similar preprofessional degree in architecture. The undergraduate degree must be granted by an institution that is recognized by ASU and offers a National Architectural Accreditation Board-accredited degree program in architecture.

Admission requirements to the three-year plus pathway: Applicants must have earned a minimum of a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a field other than architectural studies.

Information about this program

Visit The Design School website for full details.

What are Concurrent Programs at ASU?

Students pursuing concurrent degrees earn two distinct degrees and receive two diplomas. ASU offers students two ways to earn concurrent degrees: by choosing a predetermined combination or creating their own combination. Predetermined combinations have a single admissions application and one easy to follow major map. To add a concurrent degree to your existing degree, work with your academic advisor. Either way, concurrent degrees allow students to pursue their own personal or professional interests.