Master of Architecture I
Tulane University is one of the most highly regarded and selective independent research universities in the United States, currently ranked 39th in National Universities by US News & World Report. The School of Architecture is ranked 14th by DesignIntelligence's "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools" survey. As a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, we take pride in being a part of this select group of “pre-eminent programs of graduate education and scholarly research.”
Our first professional Master of Architecture degree program (M.Arch I) is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and is designed to accommodate students who hold a baccalaureate degree in any field from an accredited college or university. The seven-semester program fulfills the professional degree requirements leading to architectural licensure and registration. In order to harness students' diverse educational backgrounds, we offer two distinct tracks within the M.Arch I program.
3.5 Year Track
The 3.5 Year Track is structured for students with minimal or no previous architectural education. The seven-semester curriculum begins with a rigorous summer introductory semester, followed by four semesters of core instruction. The final two semesters are primarily elective options, encouraging students to develop customized educational experiences through our rich course offerings. Students with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree, bachelor’s degree in Interior Design or in other three-dimensional design fields may qualify for one semester advanced standing. Students with a pre-professional architecture degree should apply to our 2 Year Track.
2 Year Track (Advanced Standing)
The 2 Year Track provides an accelerated path for students with substantial architectural education. Those with a pre-professional degree such as a Bachelor of Science in Architecture or a Bachelor of Environmental Design, or international students with a terminal architecture degree in their respective country who wish to work towards licensure in the US and Canada should apply to this track to gain advance standing within the M.Arch I program. The Director of Graduate Architecture will determine the level of advanced standing based on students’ college transcripts and strength of design portfolio. Typically, students will complete the curriculum in four semesters, two semesters of core instruction to fulfill NAAB requirements and two semesters of elective options to develop independent scholarship. International students with license to practice architecture or eligible for licensure in their respective countries may qualify for further advanced standing to complete the degree in three semesters.
We offer our gradate students the opportunity to pursue a Master of Architecture degree in conjunction with the Master of Preservation Studies or with the Master of Sustainable Real Estate Degree, typically with one additional semester of course work. Contact the Director of Graduate Architecture for details.