Tyler Architecture Department offers two tracks for the Master of Architecture (M ARCH) degree: a two-year track for students who have obtained a pre-professional Bachelor's degree in architecture and a three-year track for students who have a Bachelor's degree in another discipline or a non-pre-professional architecture program. 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).
The Professional track of the Master of Architecture 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 to Temple’s BS Arch degree. The Professional track is designed to be completed in two years, with a maximum of four years allowed for completion of the coursework. The Professional track of the M Arch constitutes the final two years of a four + two year NAAB accredited program in Architecture. The four-year BS Arch and two-year M Arch “when earned sequentially, comprise an accredited professional education.” (http://www.naab.org). In the Professional track, students undertake complex and technically advanced coursework and research through a balance of required and elective courses (48 required credits and 12 elective credits) in architecture and related fields.
Intensive Design track
The Intensive Design track provides a three year curriculum for students with a degree in subjects outside of architecture or without a pre-professional degree in architecture. This program provides a rigorous introduction to architectural design that consists of up to 30 credits of pre-professional studies including design studios, building technology courses, and history and theory seminars. The amount of credits students will need to take within the Intensive Design track will vary depending upon the amount of pre-professional architectural course content that has been previously satisfied by the candidate. Students who have little or no architectural content at the undergraduate level will be required to take the full 30 credits of pre-professional studies in architecture. Students who have degrees in architectural studies may receive credit for some of the courses within the Intensive Design track. Each student will be individually evaluated and placed into courses. Upon successful completion of the Intensive Design track, M Arch students will enter the Professional track of the Master of Architecture degree.
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 Professional track, students undertake required studios that are focused on the achievement of comprehensive, integrated design skills. Spring studios within the Professional track 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.