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Arizona State University (MArch-2/3 yrs)

no

-

-

-

Ball State University (MArch candidate-5 yrs)

yes

1 semester

6 credits

yes-3 credits

Boston Architectural Center (MArch-5.5 yrs)

yes

2 semesters

20.5 credits

no

California State Polytechnic, Pamona (MArch-3.25 yrs)

yes

1 semester

8 units

yes-8 units (2 courses)

The Catholic University of America (MArch-2/3.5 yrs)

yes

1 semester

9 credits

yes-3 credits

City College of CUNY (MArch-1/1.5 yrs)

optional

1 semester

9 credits

no

Clemson University (MArch-2 yrs)

yes

1 semester

9 credits

yes-3 credits

Columbia University (MArch-3 yrs)

no

-

-

-

Florida A & M University (MArch-2 yrs)

no

-

-

-

Florida International University (MArch-2/3.5 yrs)

yes

1 semester

6 credits

yes-5 credits (2 courses)

Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (MArch-3 yrs)

no

-

-

-

Georgia Institute of Technology (MArch-2/3 yrs)

yes

1 semester

6 credits

no

Harvard University (MArch-3.5 yrs)

no

-

-

-

Illinois Institute of Technology (MArch-2/3 yrs)

no-3 yr program; yes-2 yr program

2 semesters

12 credits (6 per semester)

yes-6 credits (2 courses)

Iowa State University (MArch-3.5 yrs)

yes

2 semesters

9 credits (6-fall; 3-spring)

no

Judson College (MArch-6 yrs)

yes

2 semesters

14 hours (7 per semester)

yes-3 hours

Kent State University (MArch-1.5 yrs)

no

-

-

-

Lawrence Technological University (MArch-2 yrs)

yes-1st yr

2 semesters

8 credits (4 per semester)

yes-3 credits (2 courses)

Louisiana State University (MArch candidate-3.5 yrs)

optional

1 semester

6 credits

yes-3 credits

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MArch-2.5/3.5 yrs)

yes

1 semester

24 units

yes-6 units

Miami University (MArch-2/3 yrs)

yes

2 semesters

12 credits (6 per semester)

yes-3 credits

Montana State University (MArch-5 yrs)

yes

1 semester

12 credits

yes-2 credits

Morgan State University (MArch-3 yrs)

no

-

-

-

New Jersey Institute of Technology (MArch-3.5 yrs)

optional

1 semester

6 credits

no

Newschool of Architecture (MArch-1 yr+experience/2/3 yrs)

no

-

-

-

North Carolina State University (MArch-2/3.5 yrs)

no

-

-

-

Northeastern University (MArch-6 yrs)

yes

2 semesters

12 hours (6 per semester)

no

Norwich University (MArch-5 yrs)

optional

1 semester

5 credits

yes-5 credits

The Ohio State University (MArch-2/3 yrs)

no

-

-

-

Parsons School of Design (MArch-3 yrs)

yes

1 semester

9 credits

yes-3 credits

Pratt Institute (MArch candidate-3 yrs)

no

-

-

-

Princeton University (MArch-2/3 yrs)

yes

1 semester

does not use credit system

no

Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institute (MArch-3.5 yrs)

yes

2 semesters

12 credits (6 per semester)

no

Rhode Island School of Design (MArch-3.25 yrs)

no

-

-

-

Rice University (MArch-2/3.5 yrs)

yes

1 semester

13 credits

yes-3 credits

Roger Williams University (MArch-5.5/6 yrs)

no

-

-

-

Savannah College of Art and Design (MArch-5 yrs)

no

-

-

-

Southern California Institute of Architecture (MArch-2.5/3.5 yrs)

yes

1 semester

9 units

yes-3 units

The State University of New York at Buffalo (MArch-2/3.5 yrs)

yes

1 semester

7 credits

yes-3 credits

Syracuse University (MArch-2.5/3.5 yrs)

yes

2 semesters

12 credits (6 per semester)

yes-3 credits

Texas A & M University (MArch-2 yrs)

no

-

-

-

Texas Tech University (MArch-2/3 yrs)

yes

1 semester

6 credits

yes-3 credits

Tulane University (MArch-3.5/5 yrs)

yes

1 semester

6 credits

yes-3 credits

Universidad de Puerto Rico (MArch-2 yrs)

yes

2 semesters

10 credits (5 per semester)

yes-3 credits

University of California, Berkeley (MArch-2/3 yrs)

yes

1 semester

5 units

yes-3 units

University of California at Los Angeles (MArch-3 yrs)

no

-

-

-

University of Colorado at Denver/Boulder (MArch-2/3 yrs)

optional

1 semester

6 credits

yes-6 credits (2 courses)

University of Detroit Mercy (MArch-5 yrs)

no

-

-

-

University of Florida (MArch-2/3/4 yrs)

yes

1 semester

6 credits

yes-3 credits

University of Houston (MArch-2/3 yrs)

optional

1-2 semesters

2-9 credits (varies per semester)

yes-3 credits

University of Idaho (MArch-5 yrs)

yes

1 semester

5 credits

yes-2 credits

University of Illinois at Chicago (MArch-2/3 yrs)

no

-

-

-

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (MArch-2/3.5 yrs)

yes-research design concentration; no-arch design concentration

1-2 semesters

6-8 credits (3-4 per semster)

yes-.75 units

University of Kansas (MArch-3.5 yrs)

no

-

-

-

University of Louisiana at Lafayette (MArch-1.5 yrs)

yes

1 semester

5 credits

yes-3 credits

University of Maryland (MArch-2/3.5 yrs)

yes

1 semester

6 credits

yes-6 credits (2 courses)

University of Massachusetts (MArch candidate-5.5 yrs)

yes

1 semester

not yet available

not yet available

University of Miami (MArch-2/3 yrs)

no

-

-

-

University of Michigan (MArch-2/3.5 yrs)

yes

1 semester

6 credits

yes-3 credits

University of Minnesota (MArch-3 yrs)

yes

1 semester

12 credits

no

University of Nebraska-Lincoln (MArch-2 yrs)

yes

1 semester

6 credits

yes-6 credits

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (MArch-2/3+ yrs)

optional

1 semester

6 credits

yes-6 credits

University of New Mexico (MArch-2/3.5 yrs)

optional

1 semester

6 credits

yes-3 credits

University of North Carolina at Charlotte (MArch-2/3.5 yrs)

yes

2 semesters

16 credits (8 per semester)

yes-3 credits

University of Notre Dame (MArch-2 yrs)

yes

1 semester

3 credits

yes-3 credits

University of Oklahoma (MArch-2/3 yrs)

no

-

-

-

University of Oregon (MArch-2/3.3 yrs)

no

-

-

-

University of Pennsylvania (MArch-3 yrs)

yes

1 semester

2 credits

no

University of Southern California (MArch-2 yrs)

optional

2 semesters

12 credits (4-fall; 8-spring)

no

University of South Florida (MArch-2/3.5 yrs)

optional

1 semester

6 credits

yes-3 credits

University of Tennessee, Knoxville (MArch-3 yrs)

yes

1 semester

6 credits

yes-3 credits

University of Texas at Arlington (MArch-2/3.5 semesters)

optional

2 semesters

12 credits (6 per semester)

yes-3 credits

University of Texas at Austin (MArch-3.5 yrs)

no

-

-

-

University of Texas at San Antonio (MArch-2 yrs)

yes

2 semesters

12 credits (6 per semester)

no

University of Utah (MArch-2/3+ yrs)

no

-

-

-

University of Virginia (MArch-2/3.5 yrs)

yes

2 semesters

12 credits (6 per semester)

yes-3 credits

University of Washington (MArch-2/3 yrs)

yes

3 quarters

9 credits (3 per quarter)

yes-2 credits

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (MArchI-2/3.5 yrs)

optional

1-2 semesters

1-9 credits (varies per semester)

yes-1 to 3 credits

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (MArch-2/3.5 yrs)

yes

1 semester

10 credits maximum

no

Washington University in St. Louis (MArch-2/3.5 yrs)

no

-

-

-

Yale University (MArch-3 yrs)

no

-

-

-

Overall, graduate architecture programs are more likely to require the design thesis than undergraduate ones. Of sixty-nine NAAB accredited undergraduate B Arch architecture programs, twenty-three or 33% require the design thesis. Of eighty-one NAAB accredited graduate M Arch architecture programs forty or 49.4% require the design thesis.

 

The length of time allowed for completion of the design thesis also fluctuates but preference is given to a one-semester time period. Of the twenty-three NAAB accredited undergraduate B Arch architecture programs that require a design thesis, fifteen or 65% require a one-semester design thesis, seven programs or 31% require a two-semester design thesis, and one program or 4% requires a three-quarter design thesis. Three undergraduate programs offer an optional design thesis. A thesis preparation course is required in sixteen of twenty-three undergraduate programs or 70%.

 

Of the forty NAAB accredited graduate M Arch architecture programs that require a design thesis, twenty-seven or 68% require a one-semester design thesis and thirteen or 32% require a two-semester design thesis. Eleven graduate programs offer an optional design thesis. A thesis preparation course is required in forty of forty graduate programs or 100%.

 

 

 

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