University Catalog 2024-2025

Architecture, M.Arch

The professional Master of Architecture degree program (M.Arch) 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 M.Arch program fulfills the professional degree requirements leading to architectural licensure and registration. The 3.5 year curriculum and the option for advanced standing accommodate students’ diverse undergraduate backgrounds. Please see for a more detailed overview.

3.5-year curriculum

The 3.5-year curriculum is structured for students with an accredited baccalaureate degree in any field. The seven-semester curriculum begins with a summer semester, followed by six semesters that include core instruction to fulfill NAAB requirements in addition to elective studios and seminars.

Advanced standing option

AttheTulane University School of Architecture, we understand thateachstudent'spathto pursuing a Master of Architectureprofessional degree(M.Arch) is unique.We thereforeoffer an Advanced Standing Portfolio Assessmentoptionfor applicants who have had previous education or experience in architectureTheAdvanced Standing portfolio Assessment will constitute an opportunity to acceleratea student’sprogress toward theM.Archdegree. Applicantswith pre-professional degrees, priorlearning experiences, and demonstrable architecture skills, can be evaluated and potentiallyreduce required courses inM.Archdegreepathat Tulane.  

Upon application to the M.Arch program, students may request an advanced standing evaluation of their portfolio, academic records, and previous course syllabi for admission with Advanced Standing. Qualified previous learning experiences may satisfy corresponding degree requirements in the M.Arch program. Such evaluations are conducted by a qualified faculty admissions committee, who carefully assess each instance of previous experience and correlate their findings to our degree requirements. If the committee determines that a student has indeed met these requirements, they will be granted advanced standing toward specific courses. 

Advanced standing credit is recorded in each student’s degree audit from their very first day in the program. This means that students can effectively shorten their required course load, allowing them to focus more deeply on areas where they seek further development, and/or shortening the total time needed to achieve the degree. 

It is important to note that a minimum of 50% of the required degree credits must be taken in residence at Tulane to comply with the university’s residency requirement policy. This equates to completing 56 credits of the M.Arch’s 111 required credit hours in residence, ensuring that while students can benefit from their prior experiences, they still engage meaningfully with the curriculum of the M.Arch program. 

The possible courses for which advanced standing may be granted include, but are not limited to: 

  • ARCH 6111 Topics in Architecture History/Theory (1.5 c.h.) 
  • ARCH 6112 Topics in Architecture History/Theory (1.5 c.h.)  
  • ARCH 6113 Topics in Architecture History/Theory (1.5 c.h.)  
  • ARCH 6114 Topics in Architecture History/Theory (1.5 c.h.)  
  • ARCH 6213 Building, Climate, Comfort (4 c.h.)  
  • ARCH electives in M.Arch program 

Dual degree options

Graduate students may pursue a Master of Architecture degree in conjunction with a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation or Masters of Sustainable Real Estate degree, typically with one additional summer semester of course work. Learn more on the Dual Degree page on the School of Architecture's website, or by the contacting Program Directors of Architecture, Historic Preservation or Real Estate Development.