60 CREDIT HOUR COURSE CURRICULUM
If you are a student with a pre-professional bachelor's degree, this track enables you to pursue a professional Master of Architecture degree in a minimum of two years.
To qualify for the Four Studio Track M.Arch, you must hold a Bachelor of Science in
Architecture, Bachelor of Art in Architecture, or Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture.
Any degrees awarded by universities outside the United States will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The admissions committee will determine
the appropriate track.
The Four Studio Track curriculum for the M.Arch program is divided into six major components totaling 60 semester hours in residence at the University of Colorado Denver.
|Course Type||Semester Hours Required|
|Design Studios and Seminar||27 semester hours|
|Representational Studies Required Elective||3 semester hours|
|Historical/Cultural Studies Required Elective||3 semester hours|
|Technological Studies Required Elective||3 semester hours|
9 semester hours
|Open Electives||15 semester hours|
A wide array of electives in these areas allows you to tailor your graduate studies to your interests. Of 15 general elective semester hours, nine must be fulfilled with courses taken in the Architecture Department. Students may choose to take elective
courses in the summer session. It is highly suggested that students use the summers to study abroad or participate in a professional internship.
In order for a student to complete the M.Arch course of study within the 60 semester hours (two years of study), a student must have already completed the following courses with a grade of B or better.
- 4 design studios (five or six credits each)
- 2-3 course sequence covering the history of architecture
- 1 course introduction to the theory of architecture
- 2 course sequence on sustainable environmental control systems
- 2 course sequence on structures addressing statics, material mechanics, structural analysis, and design of simple structural elements and systems
- 2 course sequence on building materials and construction
- 1 course on architectural visualization and representation
- 1 course on building information modeling
If any of the above courses have not been completed at the time the student enrolls in the program, the courses will be added onto the 60 semester hours and will need to be completed at the University of Colorado Denver prior to graduation. An official review of the student's previous course
work will be conducted in the spring following admissions and will be sent to the student upon the receipt of the student's intent to attend.