Master of Architecture I

Program Overview

The MArch I program is a NAAB-accredited professional degree designed for those who have completed an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than architecture (such as Business, Engineering, Political Science, etc).  Students who pursue this academic program range from those who are seeking a career change to those who wanted to pursue a liberal arts undergraduate academic program prior to embarking upon architectural studies. 

Curriculum

Students admitted to the MArch I program complete a full-time, three-plus-year, 96-credit curriculum that begins in the second session of the summer semester.

In the first year of the MArch I program, students acquire the fundamentals of visual and spatial design, conceptualization, problem solving, and material and environmental influences. In addition to design studio, students take introductory coursework in architectural history and theory, building technology, and representation.

In the second year students join incoming MArch II students to complete a curriculum consisting of a comprehensive architectural design project, which includes an advanced-design studio coupled with courses in contemporary theory, building technology, computational methods, design methodology, and architectural electives.

In the third year, students complete a research-driven graduate design studio, and a research or design-based thesis, along with courses in architectural research, professional practice, and additional architectural electives.

Master of Architecture I Curriculum

Admissions and Prerequisites

UNC Charlotte's Graduate School admissions requiements and the SoA's expected entry-level competencies for MI Candidates include:

  • introductory college-level pre-calculus course;
  • introductory college-level physics course;
  • mimimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0;
  • GRE scores averaging above the 30th percentile;
  • mimimum internet-based TOEFL score of 83 or mimimum IETLS overall band score of 6.5 (for international applicants).

For detailed information about the admissions requirements and process, please visit the SoA Graduate Admissions web page.