Tyler Architecture Department offers three tracks for the Master of Architecture (M ARCH) degree: a 1-year, 2-year, or 3-year program depending on the students’ educational background upon entry to the degree. The M ARCH is a first professional degree program offered at the graduate level and is accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (http://www.naab.org).
One Year Accelerated track
The 1-year track is a +1 accelerated undergraduate-graduate program that enables qualified and eligible students to complete the 60-credit M Arch degree within a year after graduation with the Bachelor of Science in Architecture pre-professional degree.
The 2-year track is a 60-credit degree program for students who earn Temple University’s Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch) degree and for students from other four-year pre-professional degree programs with equivalent course content, nationally and internationally.
The 3-year track provides a curriculum of up to 90 credits for students with a degree in subjects outside of architecture or without a pre-professional degree in architecture.
For more information about the Master of Architecture tracks see the Graduate Bulletin: http://bulletin.temple.edu/graduate/scd/tyler-div/architecture-march/#text
The primary focus of both curricular tracks is the design studio, intensive courses that require the synthesis of information from other courses. The 6 credit studio courses are investigative and projective, seeking to engage students with urgent urban, architectural and environmental issues. Research seminars along with courses in building technology and professional practice address questions in parallel with design studios. Elective courses allow students to pursue specializations with focus and intent. Together, the architecture courses satisfy professional accreditation requirements.
During the fall semesters of the final two years in the Master of Architecture Program, students undertake required studios that are focused on the achievement of comprehensive, integrated design skills. Spring studios in the final two years are elective in content and address a range of current architectural issues. Students may elect to undertake a studio in the summer, which will substitute for a regular semester design studio. During the final year of study, students may apply to engage in a self-directed research and design inquiry that culminates in a design thesis. The year long architectural thesis is advanced by the individual student’s interests and skills with the guidance of an advisor.
International study at Temple’s Rome or Japan campuses is encouraged in the spring semester of the final two years.