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Master of Architecture


 This program is accredited by: NAAB. More information can be found at: unlv.edu/provost/vpaa/accreditation

Plan Description


The School of Architecture offers an NAAB accredited Master of Architecture professional degree (M. Arch). The M. Arch. program has the goals of developing students’ abilities to conceive and accurately represent environmentally sound and aesthetically fitting spaces at different scales and to provide a basis for understanding the consequences that these spaces have for their inhabitants, for society, and for the environment. The program supports critical thinking, design research, and paths toward licensure through award-winning faculty, world-class facilities, and a one-of-a-kind living laboratory (The Great Basin, Mojave Desert, Las Vegas, The Strip, and some of Earth’s most engaging environments).  The program serves its students, the profession, the state, and a diverse global community with studies focused on the built environment of a sustainable future.

Accreditation

In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions
with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established
educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Architecture, offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

M. Arch. (pre-professional degree + 48 graduate credits)
M. Arch. (non-preprofessional degree + 48-96 credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2025

For more information about your program, including your graduate program handbook and learning outcomes, please visit the Degree Directory.

Plan Admission Requirements


Application deadlines

Applications available on the UNLV Graduate College website.

Each Master of Architecture program applicant must hold a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or international equivalent. Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher. Applicants are also required to submit a design portfolio for review, a statement of intent, two letters of reference, and GRE scores of 146 or higher in the verbal section and 148 or higher in the quantitative section. The combined GRE score of these two sections may be no less than 294. All domestic and international applicants must review and follow the Graduate College Admission and Registration Requirements. 

The Master of Architecture program offers prospective students two paths:

  1. For applicants holding a Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch), or its equivalent, the program offers a two-year degree path in the 4+2 program.
  2. For applicants with academic backgrounds outside of architecture or holding a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, the program offers an alternative path through the 3 year plus degree program. The duration of the 3+ path varies based on an individual student’s academic background and preparation. Each student applying for admission will be individually assessed and provided a course of study.

Interested applicants can find detailed information about the Master of Architecture program directly from the School of Architecture’s web site.

Students are accepted into a degree program as described in the Graduate Catalog. The faculty and corresponding sub-disciplines and sub-plans within the described programs are subject to change at any time.

Subplan 1 Requirements: 4+2 Hospitality & Entertainment Design Track


Total Credits Required: 48

Course Requirements


Degree Requirements


  1. Students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale. Any student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on probation and will have one semester to raise his/her GPA to 3.00 or higher. Failure to meet the requirements of academic probation may result in separation.
  2. Only those courses in which a student receives a grade of B- or better may be used for graduate credit. Students must comply with all UNLV and Graduate College policies.
  3. Students are required to declare a subplan by the end of their first year.
  4. In order to assess the student’s progress in the program, the School of Architecture Graduate Committee will meet once a year with the student to determine whether or not he/she may advance to the next graduate year.
  5. The student must successfully complete a Professional Project developed as part of the Professional Project Design course. The Professional Project should address a significant architectural problem and demonstrate a comprehensive design solution. The requirements and evaluation of this project will be determined by the instructor of the course.
  6. The student is required to present his/her Professional Project to the School of Architecture Graduate Committee.

Graduation Requirements


  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements.
  2. The student must successfully complete a Professional Project.

Subplan 2 Requirements: 4+2 Education Facilities Research & Design Track


Total Credits Required: 48

Course Requirements


Degree Requirements


  1. Students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale. Any student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on probation and will have one semester to raise his/her GPA to 3.00 or higher. Failure to meet the requirements of academic probation may result in separation.
  2. Only those courses in which a student receives a grade of B- or better may be used for graduate credit. Students must comply with all UNLV and Graduate College policies.
  3. Students are required to declare a subplan by the end of their first year.
  4. In order to assess the student’s progress in the program, the School of Architecture Graduate Committee will meet once a year with the student to determine whether or not he/she may advance to the next graduate year.
  5. The student must successfully complete a Professional Project developed as part of the Professional Project Design course. The Professional Project should address a significant architectural problem and demonstrate a comprehensive design solution. The requirements and evaluation of this project will be determined by the instructor of the course.
  6. The student is required to present his/her Professional Project to the School of Architecture Graduate Committee.

Graduation Requirements


  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements.
  2. The student must successfully complete a Professional Project.

Subplan 3 Requirements: 4+2 Building Systems & Sustainability Track


Total Credits Required: 48

Course Requirements


Degree Requirements


  1. Students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale. Any student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on probation and will have one semester to raise his/her GPA to 3.00 or higher. Failure to meet the requirements of academic probation may result in separation.
  2. Only those courses in which a student receives a grade of B- or better may be used for graduate credit. Students must comply with all UNLV and Graduate College policies.
  3. Students are required to declare a subplan by the end of their first year.
  4. In order to assess the student’s progress in the program, the School of Architecture Graduate Committee will meet once a year with the student to determine whether or not he/she may advance to the next graduate year.
  5. In consultation with his/her advisor, a student will organize a thesis committee of at least three departmental members. In addition, a fourth member from outside the department, known as the Graduate College Representative, must be appointed. An additional committee member may be added at the student and department’s discretion. Please see Graduate College policy for committee appointment guidelines.
  6. The master’s thesis will have to focus on an area of concentration approved by the student’s Thesis Advisory Committee and supported by elective course work related to the selected concentration subject. The student should register for thesis credits during the last year in the program.

Graduation Requirements


  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements.
  2. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her thesis by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
  3. The student must submit a bound copy of his/her thesis to the student’s Thesis Advisory Committee chair and to the Architecture Studies Library. The school reserves the right to retain any or all student projects for the program’s future use and exhibition.
  4. After the thesis defense, the student must electronically submit a properly formatted pdf copy of their thesis to the Graduate College for format check. Once the thesis format has been approved by the Graduate College, the student will submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest. Deadlines for thesis defenses, format check submissions, and the final ProQuest submission can be found here

Subplan 4 Requirements: 3+ Hospitality & Entertainment Design Track


Total Credits Required: 96

Course Requirements


Degree Requirements


  1. Students are required to complete preparatory work before proceeding to the final four semesters of the program. The duration and total credits required for the program vary based on an individual student’s academic background and preparation. Each student will be individually assessed to determine these preparatory requirements.
  2. Students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale. Any student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on probation and will have one semester to raise his/her GPA to 3.00 or higher. Failure to meet the requirements of academic probation may result in separation.
  3. Only those courses in which a student receives a grade of B- or better may be used for graduate credit. Students must comply with all UNLV and Graduate College policies.
  4. Students are required to declare a subplan by the end of their first year.
  5. In order to assess the student’s progress in the program, the School of Architecture Graduate Committee will meet once a year with the student to determine whether or not he/she may advance to the next graduate year.
  6. The student must successfully complete a Professional Project developed as part of the Professional Project Design course. The Professional Project should address a significant architectural problem and demonstrate a comprehensive design solution. The requirements and evaluation of this project will be determined by the instructor of the course.
  7. The student is required to present his/her Professional Project to the School of Architecture Graduate Committee.

Graduation Requirements


  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements.
  2. The student must successfully complete a Professional Project.

Subplan 5 Requirements: 3+ Education Facilities Research & Design Track


Total Credits Required: 96

Course Requirements


Preparatory Concentration Elective Course – Credits: 3


Complete 3 credits of an advisor-approved concentration elective course.

Preparatory Clinical Internship – Credits: 0


Professional Project – Credits: 6


Degree Requirements


  1. Students are required to complete preparatory work before proceeding to the final four semesters of the program. The duration and total credits required for the program vary based on an individual student’s academic background and preparation. Each student will be individually assessed to determine these preparatory requirements.
  2. Students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale. Any student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on probation and will have one semester to raise his/her GPA to 3.00 or higher. Failure to meet the requirements of academic probation may result in separation.
  3. Only those courses in which a student receives a grade of B- or better may be used for graduate credit. Students must comply with all UNLV and Graduate College policies.
  4. Students are required to declare a subplan by the end of their first year.
  5. In order to assess the student’s progress in the program, the School of Architecture Graduate Committee will meet once a year with the student to determine whether or not he/she may advance to the next graduate year.
  6. The student must successfully complete a Professional Project developed as part of the Professional Project Design course. The Professional Project should address a significant architectural problem and demonstrate a comprehensive design solution. The requirements and evaluation of this project will be determined by the instructor of the course.
  7. The student is required to present his/her Professional Project to the School of Architecture Graduate Committee.

Graduation Requirements


  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements.
  2. The student must successfully complete a Professional Project.

Subplan 6 Requirements: 3+ Building Systems & Sustainability Track


Total Credits Required: 96

Course Requirements


Degree Requirements


  1. Students are required to complete preparatory work before proceeding to the final four semesters of the program. The duration and total credits required for the program vary based on an individual student’s academic background and preparation. Each student will be individually assessed to determine these preparatory requirements.
  2. Students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale. Any student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on probation and will have one semester to raise his/her GPA to 3.00 or higher. Failure to meet the requirements of academic probation may result in separation.
  3. Only those courses in which a student receives a grade of B- or better may be used for graduate credit. Students must comply with all UNLV and Graduate College policies.
  4. Students are required to declare a subplan by the end of their first year.
  5. In order to assess the student’s progress in the program, the School of Architecture Graduate Committee will meet once a year with the student to determine whether or not he/she may advance to the next graduate year.
  6. In consultation with his/her advisor, a student will organize a thesis committee of at least three departmental members. In addition, a fourth member from outside the department, known as the Graduate College Representative, must be appointed. An additional committee member may be added at the student and department’s discretion. Please see Graduate College policy for committee appointment guidelines.
  7. The master’s thesis will have to focus on an area of concentration approved by the student’s Thesis Advisory Committee and supported by elective course work related to the selected concentration subject. The student should register for thesis credits during the last year in the program.

Graduation Requirements


  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements.
  2. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her thesis by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
  3. The student must submit a bound copy of his/her thesis to the student’s Thesis Advisory Committee chair and to the Architecture Studies Library. The school reserves the right to retain any or all student projects for the program’s future use and exhibition.
  4. After the thesis defense, the student must electronically submit a properly formatted pdf copy of their thesis to the Graduate College for format check. Once the thesis format has been approved by the Graduate College, the student will submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest. Deadlines for thesis defenses, format check submissions, and the final ProQuest submission can be found here