Master of Architecture I
Tulane University is one of the most highly regarded and selective independent research universities in the United States, currently ranked 40th in National Universities by US News & World Report. 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.”
The first professional Master of Architecture degree program (M.Arch I) is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and is open to students with 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. Two distinct tracks accommodate students’ diverse undergraduate backgrounds.
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 the two-year track.
The two-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 advanced standing within the M.Arch I program.
The Director of Graduate Architecture determines the level of advanced standing based on students’ college transcripts and design portfolio strength. 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.
Graduate students may pursue a Master of Architecture degree in conjunction with a Master of Preservation Studies or Master of Sustainable Real Estate degree, typically with one additional semester of course work. Learn more on the Dual Degree page, or by contacting Graduate Architecture Director Ben Smith.
STEM OPT Eligibility
Beginning in fall 2019, the Tulane School of Architecture’s professional Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.), Master of Architecture (M. Arch I.) degrees and the new post-professional Master of Science in Architectural Research and Design (M.S.Arc.) degree* will be classified under Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology (CIP code 04.0902).
Consequently, international students graduating with B. Arch., M. Arch I. or M.S. Arc. degree from Tulane on or after 2019-2020 academic year will be eligible for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ STEM OPT extension program. This allows international students to remain in the U.S. for up to 36 months after graduation to receive practical training through work experience in the field of architecture.
Visit the Tulane OISS webpage on STEM OPT Extension for more information.