Master of Architecture Professional Degree Program

School of Architecture - Syracuse University

Program Description

Master of Architecture Professional Degree Program

School of Architecture - Syracuse University

The Master of Architecture is a 110 credit 3 year first-professional degree program that aims to produce architects who not only provide leadership and vision in the construction of the physical environment, but collaboratively draw upon and organize diverse professions and multiple technologies to expand the field of architectural design. Research is an integral part of the M.Arch course of study, from first-year courses in design, theory, history, media, and technology, to the final semester’s thesis project.

The program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Our faculty members are recognized for their level of commitment to each student’s progress as well as their professional achievements. The faculty is comprised of published scholars, award-winning designers, funded researchers, and active professionals.


Studios in design and media, lecture courses and seminars in theory and history, and courses in structures and technology during the first four semesters of the M.Arch 110 credit curriculum constitute the “core” of the program. The final three semesters offer distinct experiences. In the fifth semester, students have the option of studying abroad at the University’s centers in Florence and London or at the University’s Fisher Center in New York City. The focus of the sixth semester is the Comprehensive Studio which synthesizes knowledge garnered in the design, technology, and history/theory sequences. The program culminates in a thesis project defined and developed by the student in tandem with faculty advisors. Professional and history electives allow students to study specific topics in seminars and lecture courses.


At Syracuse Architecture, the completion of a thesis is required for award of the M.Arch degree. Thesis involves the definition and development of a rigorously constructed project, determined by the student, which is explored through research and design over two semesters. It is also serves to demonstrate a student’s ability to synthesize and apply multiple areas of the school’s curriculum. The thesis year is an opportunity for students to focus on issues that they are passionate about, that nourish them intellectually, and that situate them to make unique contributions to the discipline. The Thesis Awards Jury occurs at the end of the academic year. It brings leading practitioners, educators, and critics from across the United States and abroad to review a selection of exceptional projects. From this pool, projects are selected for the Britton Awards and Dean’s Citations that recognize outstanding achievement.


The Master of Architecture is 110-credit, 3.5 year first-professional program open to applicants with professional undergraduate degrees—with undergraduate degrees in fields other than architecture—or with non-professional degrees in architecture or environmental studies. Students in the M.Arch program are required to participate in full-time study and must enter the program during the fall semester.

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Last updated August 8, 2016
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This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug. 2016
42 months
Full time
Jan. 20, 2017
Start date Aug. 2016
USA Syracuse, New York
Application deadline Jan. 20, 2017
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Duration 42 months
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