The Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design draws from a diverse student body, interdisciplinary study opportunities, and international semester studios to prepare students for global practice in the private and public sectors. Through advanced study in architecture, leading to the NAAB-accredited professional Master of Architecture (MArch) degree and the post-professional Master of Science degrees in architecture, our students are well positioned to assume leadership roles in the design and development of the contemporary built environment.
The MArch program focuses on the synthetic activity of design while preparing students to become skillful and socially responsible leaders in practice, education, and public service. International semesters (in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Helsinki, and Shanghai) are an integral part of the program. Strong components of landscape architecture, urban design, building technologies, and architectural history and theory are woven throughout the curriculum. Interdisciplinary work with other divisions of the university and dual degree options are available, including in business administration, construction management, landscape architecture, social work, and urban design.
The MArch program is open to individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees in architecture, as well as those with degrees in other areas of undergraduate study. The duration of study will vary according to prior course work in architecture and the quality and complexity of work in an applicant’s portfolio.
Two post-professional programs—the Master of Science in Architectural Studies (MSAS) and the Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design (MSAAD) degree—provide the opportunity to engage in advanced specializations. The MSAS program offers research specialization in either Architectural Pedagogy or the History and Culture of Architecture and requires a minimum of 30 credits. The MSAAD program allows individuals who already hold NAAB-accredited professional degrees in architecture to pursue advanced design studies, research, and teaching preparation, and requires a minimum of 36 credits.
For complete information about our programs, please review the Graduate Bulletin.
The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts is an interdisciplinary and diverse community of architects, artists, and designers dedicated to excellence in learning, creative activity, research, and exhibition. Our unique structure allows us to build on the strengths of each unit—Art, Architecture, and Museum—and to draw on the resources of the University to create new knowledge and address the social and environmental challenges of our time.
Washington University in St. Louis is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching and research, and draws students and faculty to St. Louis from all 50 states and more than 120 nations. Highly regarded for its commitment to excellence in learning, its programs, administration, facilities, resources, and activities combine to further its mission of teaching, research, and service to society. The University has played an integral role in the history and continuing growth of St. Louis and benefits in turn from the wide array of social, cultural, and recreational opportunities offered by the metropolitan area to its nearly three million residents.
For more information, contact:
Peter MacKeith, Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate Admissions
Kathleen O’Donnell, Administrative Coordinator, Graduate Admissions
T +1 314 935 6227 or +1 800 295 6227 (within continental United States)