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Two-Year Master of Architecture

Two-Year Master of Architecture

The Two-Year Master of Architecture is a first professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board that is part of the three-part requirement for licensure. This program requires students to have an undergraduate degree in architecture or design and a satisfactory portfolio, and you can complete it online, onsite, or a blend of both.


You can also consider the Master of Architecture, which takes 3.5 years to complete. The BAC also offers an Online Master of Architecture if you’d prefer to complete your degree fully online. This degree path includes 8-day intensives where students concentrate on design studio or thesis while pausing their work schedule.

The BAC Difference

  • Choose your class format: You can choose to take each semester onsite or online to fit your schedule.
  • Take your licensing exams early: By engaging in professional practice experiences with design firms, community projects, research, and more and enrolling in the BAC’s Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) program, you will be eligible to take your licensing exams while you earn your degree.
  • Study with working professionals: Your instructors are leaders in the field and bring current perspectives on architecture into the classroom.
  • Prepare for your future: Through your curriculum, you’ll complete portfolio reviews that prepare you to present your work in a professional capacity, as well as a thesis of personal significance and larger value to the community and the discipline of architecture.
  • Real-world experience: You’ll receive guidance from faculty and industry professionals as you pursue concurrent practice experiences in design firms, community projects, research, and independent projects. 

A Faster Path to Licensure

Because the BAC is part of the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) program, you can shorten the process to professional licensure by completing your M. Arch academic studies and professional work simultaneously.

Wide-Ranging Curriculum

  • Integrated building systems and technology courses help you investigate how buildings perform. 
  • History and theory courses place current work into context with other times and places so you can see how where we came from influences where we are today, and where you may go tomorrow. 
  • Design studios build your capacity to combine ideas and innovate new ones, supported by drawing and making courses. 
  • Media courses harness the power of digital and physical making, offering you a range of visual languages to communicate your ideas. 

Career Options

The Two-Year M. Arch will prepare you for a variety of professional careers in the field of architecture, including:

  • Licensed architect
  • Architectural professor
  • Sustainable real estate developer
It’s been comforting to know that this is a flexible program. They understand you are an adult with a life and they don’t want to see you fail.
Kelli Loudin (Online M. Arch ‘19)
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