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) 

Starting in the fall of 2014, the School of Architecture will offer 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 a five-year 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 studio credits to prepare them for Master’s level work.

Applicants are advised to consult with the Director of the Graduate Architecture Program 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.) pre-professional degree track at Marywood are eligible to apply for this graduate degree track in their fifth year. These students may enter the M.Arch track with advanced standing after earning their B.Arch. degree. With satisfactory completion of an additional 27 credits in architecture at Marywood, these students earn the M.Arch. post-professional degree.

Students in the M.Arch degree track typically pursue a two-semester Design Thesis exploring an issue and/or proposition involving architecture, urban design, or 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.

Additional M.Arch. degree tracks for those holding a 4-year pre-professional degree (M.Arch. 2) and for those with 4-year baccalaureate degrees in other disciplines (M.Arch. 3) are currently being explored.


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. A program may be granted a six-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

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.

The post-professional M.Arch is not an accredited degree. It is intended to enable those holding the B.Arch professional degree to pursue further studies at the graduate level.

Course of Study (Typical)

Year I: Summer II

ARCH 595 Thesis Research 3
Total   3

Year I: Fall

ARCH 610 Design Thesis I
ENVS 615 Environmental Law
ARCH 5XX Program Elective (Grad level) 3
Total   12

Year I: Spring

ARCH 620 Thesis Documentation
ARCH 621 Thesis II
ENVS 625 Management and Policy
Total   12
Total 6th-year Credits  27
Advanced Standing: 500-level credits from B.Arch Studies 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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