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