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M. Arch. Plan of Study

Within the framework of the accredited and highly structured M. Arch. degree program, Clemson Architecture seeks to offer students as much choice as possible. Some students seek to focus their studies in the highly respected Architecture + Health program. Others focus their interests in the Architecture + CommunityBUILD program or Digital Ecologies certificate program. Some spend one or two semesters in Charleston, Barcelona, or Genoa. Others pursue up to 12 credit hours of elective coursework (nearly one semester) outside of architecture.

As seen in the Master of Architecture Plan of Study, the M. Arch. curriculum is described as a three-year curriculum with 6 semesters of coursework. The semesters are numbered 1 through 6 and described as Semester 1, Semester 2, etc. Three-Year, M. Arch. I students begin in First Year, Semester 1; Two-Year M. Arch. II students receive advance placement for their pre-professional studies and begin in Semester 3. 

All three-year M. Arch. I students take the same coursework in the First Year. After the First Year, students may begin to specialize their studies. Students admitted to the Architecture + Health program move into the A+H studios and concentrate on A+H coursework. k (Click here to see the A+H Plan of Study.) All other M. Arch. students have 12 credit hours (4 courses) of open electives in any graduate level subject, may pursue certificate programs, and have greater flexibility for up to two semesters of off-campus study in Charleston, South Carolina, Barcelona, and/or Genova, which together comprise Clemson's "Fluid Campus."