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Professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

Program Overview

The professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) degree is designed for students with undergraduate baccalaureate degrees in fields other than architecture and for those holding a non-professional baccalaureate degree in architecture. The three-year (seven-semester) program helps prepare students to become leaders in the profession of architecture. Students enroll in a two-year core curriculum that helps prepare them with techniques, principles, histories, theories, and technologies related to the discipline of architecture. In the final year of the program the students develop a thesis project.

The M.Arch. program is a companion to our more than century-old accredited Bachelor of Architecture program and enjoys the curricular explorations and experiences that have gone into designing and maintaining a cutting-edge professional architectural education. The program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Effective January 2020, the M.Arch. is designated as a STEM program with the CIP code 04.0902.

Recent Awards of M.Arch. Students

Madhubala Ayyamperumal: 2018 SOM Women's Initiative Shadowing Opportunity Award
Shannon Capone: 2018 Kossman Award Winner
Quinn Pullen: 2017 ASLA Honor Award, Communications Category
Christopher Hazel: 2017 Penn State Professional Master's Excellence Award
Ambikesh Mishra: 2017 Lyceum Fellowship Competition - 2nd Prize
Guangmao (Forrest) Xu: 2017 Tritschler Prize - Merit Award
Shokofeh Darbari: 2016 AIA Pennsylvania’s Student Award for Exceptional Scholastic Achievement