Master of Architecture

The NAAB accredited M.Arch program is designed for individuals with bachelor’s degrees in any area of studies who wish to enter the profession of architecture

Our first-professional Master of Architecture degree program (M.Arch) is the primary venue for cultivating the critical design practices at Tulane School of Architecture. The program builds on the professional expertise of our faculty and their commitment to an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment.

It is a NAAB accredited program, fulfilling the professional degree requirements leading to architectural licensing and registration designed for students with bachelor’s degrees in any area of studies.
The core of Tulane School of Architecture is its commitment to design excellence and social responsibility. The graduate program provides diverse options to engage the critical topics through the studio, seminar, and lecture courses that bridge intellectual, technical, social, and physical areas. Our graduate students examine architecture by understanding the discipline and its ability to impact the culture positively. Our students use architecture to ask challenging questions and deliver robust solutions through innovative visualization, a design-build project serving the local community, or exploring alternative strategies in sustainable building practices in the Research Studio. In addition, the graduate thesis sequence provides students the opportunity to develop an area of expertise through independent scholarship.

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 term, 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.

M.Arch 3.5 Curriculum Sheet.

2-Year Track (Advanced Standing)

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 program.

The Director of 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.

M.Arch 2 Curriculum Sheet.

Dual Degree Options

Graduate students may pursue a Master of Architecture degree in conjunction with a Master of Science in Historic Preservation or a Master of Sustainable Real Estate degree. Learn more on the Dual Degree page.

Studio Culture

Studio Culture Policy (PDFtxt)

Stem OPT Eligibility

Beginning in fall 2019, the Tulane School of Architecture’s professional Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch), Master of Architecture (M. Arch) 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 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. 

More Information

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Emilie Taylor Welty
Director of Architecture

Emilie Taylor Welty

Director of Architecture

Sonsoles Vela Navarro
Associate Director of Architecture

Sonsoles Vela Navarro

Associate Director of Architecture