Jun 12, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Architecture, MArch - Level I

Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design  > Architecture, MArch - Level I

Program Requirements

Course of Study:
All Level I entrants must earn a minimum of 99 credit hours of approved study that include the course work described below. Some students may have already taken university courses meeting or exceeding the requirements described below. For such students, the curriculum may be modified by substitution of electives for courses previously taken at another institution. The appropriate area coordinator and the Director of Graduate Studies must approve any petitions for substitutions in the degree plan. Students with deficiencies may be required to undertake additional course work.

Students must obtain approval of their individual degree plan before the conclusion of the first term of enrollment.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should complete the online graduate application process found at How to Apply, including a non-refundable application fee. Additionally, applicants should submit a portfolio directly by mail to the College of Architecture & Design Graduate Admissions Office.

  • Portfolio Requirements
    • Purpose
      • The portfolio allows reviewers to determine an applicant’s potential for success in a studio based design curriculum. Evidence of creative work is not limited to Architecture, Interior Architecture, or Industrial Design work. Examples of creative work may include designs, drawings, photographs, paintings, sculpture, writing, or other creative pursuits. Please include a brief explanation of work submitted.
    • Portfolio Content - Master of Architecture Level I
      • The portfolio is not expected to show architectural skills. Rather, it should contain work that demonstrates facility with a variety of media and illustrates three-dimensional understanding. Applicants may demonstrate their creative, artistic, and perceptual skills through painting, sculpture, or other three-dimensional explorations. Photography as an example of creative work must demonstrate intention in composition, color/light, or other critical points of view.
    • Portfolio Format

Level I Curriculum

99 Credit Hours

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Spring, Level III


*Courses to be selected with graduate advisor and with approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.