Master of Architecture (MArch)

  • 1-year post professional degree
  • Advanced course work and a thesis

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Architecture at Marywood

The Masters of Architecture (M.Arch.) is a post-professional degree for students with a professional degree in architecture. The curriculum is for highly self-motivated students who seek advanced study in an area of Architecture.

Professional electives, along with courses in architectural theory, will enable you to expand your knowledge in a selected interest area. The M.Arch. degree includes a thesis project -- an extensively researched investigation of a particular design topic.

The program begins in the summer and continues for a minimum of two consecutive semesters, while you pursue studies related to the research, design, and documentation of a self-formulated thesis project.

More About This Degree

Margaret McManus
Assistant Professor

James Eckler
Director, Architecture Studies

Miguel A. Calvo Salve, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Architecture

Stephen Garrison
Assistant Professor, Interior Architecture/Design
This is just a sample of our School of Architecture faculty - see them all!

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

Find Your Counselor

Jay Yander

Associate Director for Graduate Admissions
Phone: 570-348-6211 ext 2368

About me: I joined the Graduate Admissions staff in 2013, but began my career in higher education in 2004.  I hold a Bachelor's Degree in English Writing/Journalism from the University of Pittsburgh.

My interests: I love to golf and I am a television addict.  Whether it’s sports or a television series, I’ve probably watched it.

My favorite thing about Marywood: The diversity of its programs.  Marywood has so much to offer to a wide array of students.

My favorite place on campus: Liberal Arts Center.  I walk through the Rotunda each morning and it reminds me how much I enjoy being a part of Marywood. 

You'd never guess: I have a collection of more than 200 college t-shirts.  I typically purchase a shirt when I visit a college campus.  I have more than 30 shirts from Pitt, my alma mater.

My best advice: Take advantage of everything a college campus has to offer.  Even if you’re not a sports fan, attend a basketball game.  Even if you’re not a literary fan, attend a poetry reading.  Expand your mind and you will be rewarded. 

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.