Program Overview

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 United States, Canada, and Mexico. 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 Thesis or Project-in-Lieu-of-Thesis (PILOT) completed in the final semester of the program. Students applying to the program will follow one of three curricular tracks, based on their academic qualifications and portfolio of work.

Students accepted into the Master of Architecture degree 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.



Master of Architecture
(Advanced Program)

52 semester credit hours

Admission is restricted to students who have completed a qualifying pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture (such as a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Design in Architecture), a successful record of six to eight previous design studios, and a portfolio of work reflecting sufficient proficiency in architectural design.


Master of Architecture
(second Professional Degree)

30 semester credit hours

This program may be offered to students currently holding an accredited professional degree, such as a five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) or a previous Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree. Applicants for this program are expected to have outstanding portfolios and the ability to conduct advanced independent research in architecture...


Master of Architecture
(Core Program)

100 semester credit hours

For those students who completed undergraduate degrees in other disciplines and/or did not completed pre-professional undergraduate degree programs in architecture, we offer a 100-credit program that includes 48-credits of Core or Foundational studies, in addition to the 52-credit Advanced program.

National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Statement: “In the United States, most 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 professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year term, an eight-year term with conditions, or a two-year term of continuing accreditation, or a three-year term of initial accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established education standards. Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a non-accredited undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the non-accredited degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.”

The University of Florida School of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

  • Master of Architecture (M.Arch) Track I: Undergraduate pre-professional degree with architecture major + 52 graduate semester credit hours
  • Master of Architecture (M.Arch) Track II: Undergraduate professional degree + 30 graduate semester credit hours
  • Master of Architecture (M.Arch) Track III: Undergraduate degree with non-architecture major + 48 preparatory semester credits + 52 graduate semester credit hours (100 semester credit hours, in total)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2022. For more information on UF’s accredited programs in architecture, visit our Accreditation Page


  • David Rifkind, Ph.D., Director + Ivan H. Smith Endowed Professor;
  • Bradley Walters, AIA, Associate Director of Graduate Programs + Edward M. “Ted” Fearney Endowed Associate Professor;
  • Sheryl McIntosh, Admissions Officer: Phone: (352) 294-1460; Email:
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