Master of Architecture Four Studio Track

For students with an undergraduate degree in architecture.

60 Credit Hour Course Curriculum

If you are a student with a pre-professional 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 University of Colorado Denver.

Course TypeSemester Hours Required
Design Studios and Seminar27
Representational Studies3
Historical/Cultural Studies3
Technological Studies3
Professional Studies9

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.

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