Architecture via Non-Architecture Bachelor's Degree, M. Arch.

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Minimum Total Hours (Non-Thesis): 96

Program Code: M047

In the United States, most 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 professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year term, an eight-year term with conditions, or a two-year term of continuing accreditation, or a three-year term of initial accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established education standards. Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a non-accredited undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the non-accredited degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The University of Oklahoma, Division of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs: Bachelor of Architecture, 150 credits; Master of Architecture, 60 credits; Master of Architecture, 96 credits; and Accelerated Master of Architecture/Bachelor of Sciences in Architectural Studies, 168 credits. The next accreditation visit date for the University of Oklahoma is 2023.

Required Courses

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SummerCredit Hours
ARCH 6156 Graduate Studio I 6
 Credit Hours6
ARCH 5516 Graduate Architectural Design I 6
ARCH 5363 Methods III- Materials and Form 3
Choose one of the following: 3
Architectural History
The Global City and Planning Issues
 Credit Hours12
ARCH 5193 Architectural Structures I 3
ARCH 5526 Graduate Architectural Design II 6
ARCH 5463 Advanced Sustainable and Resilient Systems 3
ARCH 5663 Methods VI- Urban Design Methodologies 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Year
ARCH 5233 Architectural Structures II 3
ARCH 5453 Modern and Contemporary Architecture 3
ARCH 5536 Graduate Architectural Design III 6
ARCH 5723 Methods VII-Advanced Systems 3
Research Elective 3
 Credit Hours18
ARCH 5543 Architectural Theory and Criticism 3
ARCH 5546 Graduate Architectural Design IV 6
ARCH 5863 Methods VIII-Building Performance Analytics 3
ARCH 6590 Professional Project Research 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Year
ARCH 5923 Methods IX - Entrepreneurial Architect and Leadership 3
ARCH 6956 Design IX- Comprehensive Architecture I 6
ARCH 5333 Advanced Structures 3
Research Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
ARCH 5053 Methods X - Tools of Practice 3
ARCH 6056 Design X- Comprehensive Architecture II 6
Research Elective 3
Research Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours96

General Requirements for all Master's Degrees

The master’s degree requires the equivalent of at least two semesters of satisfactory graduate work and additional work as may be prescribed for the degree.

All coursework applied to the master’s degree must carry graduate credit.

Master’s degree programs which require a thesis consist of at least 30 credit hours. All non-thesis master’s degree programs require at least 30 credit hours.

Credit transferred from other institutions must meet specific criteria and is subject to certain limitations.

Courses completed through correspondence study may not be applied to the master’s degree.

To qualify for a graduate degree, students must achieve an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the degree program coursework and in all resident graduate coursework attempted. A student must also have at least a 3.0 in all coursework (including undergraduate coursework if any).

Additional information for master's degree students may be found in the Graduate College Bulletin.