Master of Architecture 3 Year (STEM Designated)

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Architects shape the physical environment to express values and beliefs of a culture and its people. The STEM designated, 3-year, M.Arch program is designed for those students wishing to pursue a master’s degree in architecture after having received a bachelor’s degree in another field. Students graduating from this National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) accredited program are able to work towards becoming a licensed architect. If you are interested in applying to the 3M program, please visit our 3M application page to learn more about tuition and fees, financial aid and to learn how to start your application.

Master in Architecture (3-Year) Curriculum

The STEM designated, 3 year, Master of Architecture curriculum integrates Design Research Studios, professional electives, and lecture-based courses. The heart of the Master of Architecture program is the design-research studio. This intensive educational environment positions architectural exploration as a research protocol situated between the creative agendas of the arts and the technological methodologies of the sciences. The studios prepare students to be a self-motivated, professional capable of using design to work through complex problems and generate new architectural knowledge. Here, you will engage design and research agendas of contemporary significance. In these studios, students are co-researchers with faculty, creating new ideas rather than simply consuming knowledge.

Students can select one of the following completion tracks during the program: a sequence of Design Research Studios or a two semester Design Thesis. Depending on the student’s background, courses may be added and/or deleted from the basic program curriculum (114 credit hours) as determined by an individual review of the student’s past and subsequent academic progress after the application has been submitted.

To view the list of 3M courses, download the program flowchart.

Prerequisite: All students must hold a bachelor’s degree in any field and have completed a college level calculus course (3 credits) prior to beginning coursework. The 3-year curriculum embraces the varied educational backgrounds of incoming Master of Architecture candidates. Specifically, students are encouraged to utilized their expertise in the sciences, humanities, and other disciplines to find provocative and perhaps unexpected motivations of architectural form.

Travel Opportunities

The Architecture program offers multiple study abroad opportunities. Long-standing programs include: -London, England

  • Paris, France
  • Tianjn, China
  • Barcelona, Spain

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Contact Info

College of Architecture
232 Architecture Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0106
( On-campus, 2-4065 )