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.)

Program Director: James Eckler, M.Arch., M.S.: Ped.

Commencing in the fall of 2014, the School of Architecture will offer the Master of Architecture (M.Arch) professional degree track. This four-semester (typical), 36-credit degree option will be available to students who have completed a four-year pre-professional degree in Architecture from a regionally accredited college or university and can demonstrate equivalent credit background in the discipline that would support master's degree work.

Depending on the course content of this pre-professional degree program, applicants may be able to complete this M.Arch. degree track in two years. However, the length of time required to complete this program will depend on the nature of the applicant’s pre-professional degree. 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 degree track.

Those who obtain the Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture (B.E.D.A.) pre-professional degree at Marywood are eligible to apply for this graduate degree track in the fourth year of their architectural studies. Upon satisfactory completion of an additional two years of study (54 credits) at Marywood, students earn the M.Arch. professional degree.

Additional M.Arch. degree tracks for those holding a 5-year B.Arch. professional degree (M.Arch. 1) and for those with 4-year baccalaureate degrees in other fields (M.Arch. 3) are currently being explored.

Students in the M.Arch degree track pursue a Design Thesis exploring a self-formulated, extensively-researched issue and/or proposition involving architecture, urban design, or discipline-related technology. In addition, 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. 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 School of Architecture will apply for candidacy status for its M.Arch degree program when permission to do so is received from the NAAB.

Course of Study

54 credits

Year I: Fall

ARCH 550 Design Studio IX (B) 6
ARCH 551 Art & Craft of Building II 3
ARCH 552 Digital Media III 3
ARCH XXX Program Elective (Grad level) 3
Total   15

Year I: Spring

ARCH 560 Design Studio X (B) 6
ARCH 595 Thesis Research 3
ARCH 562 Professional Practice w/Office Practicum 3
ARCH XXX Program Elective (Grad level) 3
Total   15

Year II: Fall

ARCH 610 Design Thesis 6
ARCH 611 LEED Accreditation II 3
ARCH XXX Environmental Law 3
  General Elective (Grad level) 3
Total   15

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