Master of Architecture

About the Program


Our graduate program provides the skills and knowledge specified for graduate study in architecture and is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Our program responds to and aligns with the evolving nature of the professional practice. Collaborative work environments prize critical thinkers, problem-solving team players, builders, and leaders with excellent communication skills. Recognizing that the practice of architecture is now global, we provide students with international perspectives and experiences giving them a competitive edge when they enter the profession.   

We offer two tracks for completing your Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree based on your experience level. If you have an undergraduate degree that is not in architecture or a related design degree, you should plan on at least three years to earn your M.Arch degree. If you have a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture or a related design field, you may receive advanced standing credit for your previous coursework and can expect to complete your M.Arch degree in about two years. You can learn more about the curriculum for each track below.   

Our Master of Architecture is a STEM-designated program, officially approved by the Colorado Board of Higher Education (CIP code: 04.0902). The STEM designation allows our Masters of Architecture students to apply for the Department of Homeland Security’s optional practical training (OPT) extension program for F-1 students with STEM degrees. Upon completion of a STEM-designated degree, students may extend their stay in the United States for an additional 24 months.

Program Highlights


Access to Technologies 

You will have access to a fully-equipped design fabrication shop and a visual resource center to develop both digital and analog graphics skills. You will learn sketching and drawing as well as the latest parametric and digital fabrication design technologies. You will have opportunities to engage in LIDAR 3-D laser scanning technology to document structures through work in the CAP centers.

Leading Preservation

You will have opportunities to seek training in spatial, technical, and design aspects of the broader field of preservation and adaptive reuse encompassing architecture, cultural landscapes, planning, building technology, project management, documentation, interpretation, and representation.

Sustainability Focus 

You will have a broad range of courses in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) and the opportunity to apply your thinking about carbon-neutral new buildings and renovations to the 2030 Challenge.

Hands-on Training 

The Aspen Summer Design Workshop puts you to work on weekly sketch problems with noted architects at their offices. You will also have exclusive tours of their built and under-construction projects.

Design-Build Certificate 

This award-winning program takes you out of the classroom and immerses you in hands-on work for a diverse set of cultures and communities. Projects take place with regional Colorado nonprofits.

Real-World Engagement 

You can gain valuable experience as a paid intern with the college’s University Technical Assistance Program or as a paid research assistant

International Exploration 

We encourage you to think, collaborate, and network globally by offering foreign study courses in locations such as Rome, Finland, Turkey, and Amsterdam.

Recognition and Reward 

Your work will be recognized. Build your resume and reputation with Studio Awards, Design Excellence Awards, and AIA Denver’s Young Architects Awards.

Classical Architecture Special Topic Area 

Courses qualify students to apply for the Certificate in Classical Architecture from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art in New York.