Master of Architecture 2 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, 2-year M.Arch (2M) program is designed for those students wishing to pursue a master’s degree in architecture after having received a bachelor’s degree in architecture. 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 2M program, please visit our 2M application page to learn more about tuition and fees, financial aid, and to learn how to start your application.

Master in Architecture (2-Year) Curriculum

The 2M 58 credit hour program integrates Design Research Studios, professional electives, and lecture-based courses into its curriculum. The heart of the STEM designated, 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. To view the list of 2M courses, download the program flowchart.

Prerequisite: All applicants must hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture or its equivalent from an NAAB accredited institution.

Travel Opportunities

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

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

Dual Degree Options

Students who wish to pursue one of the dual degrees offered in conjunction with the Master of Architecture must apply separately to the other degree department. You should contact the other program directly to determine what their application requirements are. You will have to be accepted into both our program and the other degree-granting program to pursue the dual degrees. Acceptance into one and not the other will not void your acceptance into that program. It simply limits your participation to the program you are accepted into.

Why Nebraska?

Home to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, the city of Lincoln consistently ranks among the highest U.S. cities for livability thanks to a low cost of living, great schools, and friendly, community-minded residents. Set amidst a big sky and open landscape, the city is simple to navigate with a nationally noted low crime rate, a wide range of housing choices and a reliable public transit system. As one of the fastest growing metro areas in the Midwest, Lincoln boasts a growing technology sector, more parkland per capita than all but a few U.S. cities, an extensive bike trail network and numerous options for recreational and personal interest activities. It’s easy to feel at home here. Check out all that Lincoln has to offer here.


Contact Info

College of Architecture
232 Architecture Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0107
( On-campus, 2-7943 )