First Professional (M Arch I)
The M Arch I is an accredited first professional degree. It fulfills the professional degree requirements for registration as an architect.* It is designed for students entering either with no academic training in architecture and for four-year bachelor’s “pre-arch” degrees who wish to enter the profession of architecture.
Students entering without a background in architecture normally complete the M Arch I degree program in approximately 3 ½ years. For students with a background in architecture (pre-professional degrees in architecture), the Graduate Office individually evaluates each student's transcripts and background to create an individual program of work, or list of degree requirements. Students with a background in architecture normally complete the M Arch I in 2 ½ years.
Students may earn a Certificate of Specialization in Historic Preservation, Latin American Architecture, or Sustainable Design by completing the specialization requirements.