Main Campus – Gainesville
Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) Program
Program Director: Jason Alread
Professor and Director, U. F. School of Architecture
Graduate Coordinator: Bradley Walters
Associate Professor, U.F. School of Architecture
Sheryl McIntosh, Admissions Officer
Phone: (352) 294-1460
Office: ARC 231D
The University of Florida’s Master of Architecture (M.Arch) program leads to a professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), the educational credentials you need for licensure as a registered as an architect in the US, Canada and Mexico. Students applying to the program will follow one of three curricular tracks, based on their academic qualifications and portfolio of work. The program requires students to develop an individual focus of study, supported by faculty of their choosing, that will serve as the foundation for their Master’s Research Project to be completed in the final semester of the program.
Four-year Master of Architecture (100 credit hours) – offered to students with a bachelor degree in fields other than architecture. The program begins in August and requires residency in Gainesville for all programs. – Main Campus and the CityLab Orlando.
Two-year Master of Architecture (52 credit hours) – May be offered to students with a qualifying pre-professional degree such as a bachelor’s degree in architectural design, a successful record of six to eight previous design studios, and a portfolio of work reflecting sufficient proficiency in architectural design.
One-year Master of Architectural Studies (32credit hours) – May be offered to students currently holding an accredited professional degrees such as the five-year Bachelor of Architecture or previous Master of Architecture and outstanding portfolios.
Students accepted into these programs are notified in their acceptance letters (via email) as to which of these curricular paths they will follow. All admissions decisions, including curricular paths, are determined by the Admissions Committee.
The culmination of your Master of Architecture studies is the Master’s Research Project. This final exercise is intended to be a highly personal synthesis of all the knowledge, experience and skills gained in design studio and the support courses, driven by your own specific focus and individual interests.
National Architecture Accreditation Board Statement:
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 6-year, 3-year, or 2-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 and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The University of Florida School of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
- Arch. (pre-professional degree + 52 graduate credits)
- Arch. (professional degree + 32 graduate credits)
- Arch. (non-pre-professional degree + 100 graduate credits)
The UF School of Architecture’s graduate admissions committee considers applications for entry during January and February of each calendar year. All application materials must be submitted by January 1st for consideration to enter the following summer or fall semesters. Academic Transcripts must be transmitted from your previous/current academic institution. Your undergraduate grade point average will be calculated using the last 60 semester credits (or 90 quarter credits) of your bachelor’s degree, of which 3.00 is the minimum acceptable.
The Following are the submission requirements for all MArch applicants:
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be transmitted prior to the deadline. Although a minimum quantitative score is not established, students are expected to be in the top 70% of test takers in a given year based on GRE score rankings published annually.
- Design portfolio of previous studio work, independent projects and/or other creative work (digital preferred). Your portfolio should illustrate strength in conceptual design, critical thinking, and represent knowledge of architectural conventions – plan, section, elevation, and three-dimensional diagrams and renderings. Your portfolio can be transmitted electronically to: Sheryl McIntosh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Official transcripts and credentials from all previous higher education institutions attended.
- Three letters of recommendation from people qualified to assess your academic performance or professional experience.
- A personal letter of intent detailing your motives and goals in pursuing a graduate education in architecture, as well as your intended focus or specialization.
- If you are a foreign applicant, you must submit your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, of which 550 (paper format), 213 (internet based), or 80 (web based) is the expected minimum score.
English Testing Exemptions
Non-US and Puerto Rican graduate applicants can be exempted from the IELTS, MELAB, TOEFL or verbal GRE requirements if:
- They have official proof of completing the UF English Language Institute (ELI) prior to applying. For more information on UF ELI programs, click on this link: UF ELI Programs.
- They are citizens of a country where English is an official language. Click on this link for a list of these countries: English Exemption Countries.
- They have transcripts showing at least one year of enrollment as a full-time student at a college or university in a country where English is official, within one year before applying to UF. Click on this link for a list of these countries: English Exemption Countries. Please note: Time spent in ESL (English as a Second Language) programs do not qualify for this exemption.
The graduate admissions committee bases its decision on the overall strength of your application package, rather than isolated scores or criteria. The application deadline is January 1st of each year – all application materials must reach UF by this date. Late applications are not necessarily turned away, but they cannot be guaranteed priority for placement or financial aid consideration. The committee will notify you of its decision by letter. The emailing of these letters is tentatively scheduled for the last week of March.
At the UF School of Architecture, you can work on earning more than one master’s degree at a time, such as architecture and building construction, or architecture and planning. Dual degree programs are worked out on a case-by-case basis. This option involves a lengthier commitment of time and resources, but it can greatly expand your professional qualifications and career options.