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Marywood's School of Architecture is the first to open in northeast Pennsylvania.

Architects create the environments in which we live, work, play, shop and worship. The opportunities for graduates with degrees in architecture are expected to grow over the next several decades, especially for those with a concentration in environmental stewardship, a strong focus of our program.

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Degree Track: Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) (Post-Professional) 

The School of Architecture offers a Master of Architecture (M.Arch) post-professional degree track. This 36-credit program will typically require one summer session of study followed by a minimum of two consecutive semesters in which the student pursues studies related to the research, design, and documentation of a self-formulated Thesis Project.

The M.Arch. post-professional degree track is available to students who have completed an accredited professional degree in Architecture and can demonstrate that they are academically prepared to pursue advanced professional studies.

Depending on the content, scope, and quality of work presented in the applicant’s Design Portfolio (mandatory for admission to this program), students may be required to take additional design studios and/or other courses beyond the standard program requirements.

Applicants are advised to consult with the Architecture Program Director to ascertain the total number of credits and length of study that will be required to complete the program.

Students in the Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) professional degree track at Marywood University are eligible for advanced standing in the M.Arch. program with a maximum of nine (9) credit hours of non-studio courses from the B.Arch. program applied to the M.Arch. degree. In this track, the program remains a oneyear course of study but with a minimum of 27 credit hours rather than 36.

Students in the M.Arch degree track typically pursue a two-semester Design Thesis exploring an issue and/or proposition involving architecture and discipline-related technology. Program core courses and professional electives augment focused design studies to establish a broader context for research and creative inquiry and project formulation.


In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. 

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitutes an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

degree. It is intended to enable those holding a professional degree in architecture to pursue further studies at the graduate level.

Course of Study (Typical)

Year I: Summer II Session

ARCH 595 Thesis Research 3
Total   3

Year I: Fall

ARCH 610 Design Thesis I 6
ARCH 5XX Program Elective (Grad level) 6
Total   12

Year I: Spring

ARCH 620 Thesis Documentation 6
ARCH 621 Thesis II 3
ARCH 5XX Program Elective (Grad level) 3
Total   12
Total 6th-year Credits  27
500-level credits from B.Arch. degree at Marywood 9
Total M.Arch. credits: 36

NOTE: Students with an accredited B.Arch. degree from other institutions may be eligible for advanced standing and have credits applied toward the M.Arch. degree track. Advanced standing status will be determined after a review of the applicant’s portfolio by the School of Architecture’s Graduate Admissions Committee. 

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