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The Master of Architecture is an accredited professional degree program that prepares graduates to live and thrive in the world of architecture. The program promotes a creative, open and supportive environment emphasizing advanced and personalized instruction through small class and studio courses. We investigate the world of architecture in its manifold forms, and immerse ourselves in contemporary challenges to address a variety of social, cultural, technological, and programmatic contexts.

Our program prides itself on offering diverse curricular and extra-curricular opportunities, while working directly with students to help them pursue their interests.

Master of Architecture I

The School of Architecture at the University of Miami offers a professional Master of Architecture degree for college graduates seeking a first professional degree in architecture. The NAAB-accredited and STEM-designated M.Arch degree enables eligibility for professional registration following NCARB's mandatory Architectural Experience Program (AXP)

Master of Architecture II

The Master of Architecture II (M.Arch II) is a 2-year (4-semester program) for students holding a pre-professional degree in architecture or a closely-related field. This STEM-designated professional degree program provides an advanced platform for students to engage contemporary challenges and address a variety of social, cultural, technological and programmatic contexts.

Master of Science in Architecture

The Master of Science in Architecture, is a 1-year (3 semester) program that offers students an opportunity to investigate design strategies / challenges in relation to current issues that include: resilient design, tropical and subtropical architecture, health care design, housing design, conservation of the built environment and the effect of embedded technologies on design. 

Interdisciplinary Opportunities

Master of Architecture degree candidates can combine their degree with other advanced degrees, including the Master of Science in Architecture, Master of Urban Design, Master of Real Estate Development + Urbanism, and Master of Construction Management. A second master's degree supports students wishing to deepen their professional engagement in distinct but interrelated areas of architecture. A student enrolled in the M.Arch program may earn a second master degree by completing a minimum of 21 credit hours (36 typical).
Survey the integrative sequence of core and elective courses that make the curriculum.
Peek the core Graduate Design Studios, and survey recent Advanced Elective Design Studio options.

Cultivate an area of concentration, with skill and knowledge bases for professional applications

Explore diverse extra-curricular possibilities, including research labs and opportunities for professional engagement.

Why Choose U-SoA?

Center for Design and Research

Beyond our curricular activities, we are home to innovate research units, including RAD-UM, a lab dedicated to emergent embedded technology, the Laboratory of Littoral Urbanism, and acclaimed design/build program, and the Center for Urban and Community Design. The School's resources, including state-of-the-art digital laboratories, a dedicated architecture library, lecture hall and exhibition center, are enhanced by the interdisciplinary opportunities offered by the other schools and colleges at the University of Miami.

Miami: North-South and Tropical

Miami's position between North and South, specifically its close proximity to the Caribbean and Latin America, stimulate the School's hemispheric focus and identity. Our tropical location allows students to understand the living and environmental issues that impact billions of people around the wrold from the Caribbean Sea to India and China. Building on our location, the School participates in international networks that enable students to develop an understanding of architecture and culture in an increasingly globalized world.

Laboratory of Contemporary Architecture & Urbanism

Miami is one of the world's most fascinating contemporary laboratories of architecture and urbanism. Our location facilitates the study of urbanization and regional environmental transformation, infrastructure development, sea level rise, and the transformative power of technology and public participation. The School makes full use of its context and collaborates with local governments, authorities and non-for-profits to design and build a better world.

Vibrant Metropolitan Context

The University of Miami is in a growing metropolitan region with a high employment rate, and many opportunities to work. Miami and its region are the home base of significant architects and urbanists, and the city comprises a cgrowing body of important buildings by Pritzker Prize recipients. The vital cultural life of the city and the international business ambience of our region make Miami an attractive place to live and study. In the midst of all this, the intimate and park-like tropical atmosphere of UM campus and School of Architecture offer a productive sanctuary.

Cross-cultural environment

The Master of Architecture curriculum reflects the multiplicity of the discipline: theory and practice, innovation and tradition, building design and urban design. The School is committed to sustainable urbanism and city, and to the value of tradition and modernity as reciprocal in the design of buildings and the design of the city and its neighborhoods. Our diverse faculty, many leaders in the profession, represent the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

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