Clemson’s Top-20 Graduate Program in Architecture offers two Master of Architecture (M. Arch.) degree programs: a Three-Year, 90-credit hour M. Arch. degree track, and a Two-Year, 60-credit hour M. Arch. degree track for students with advanced placement following pre-professional studies in a BA/BS program in Architecture. Parallel degree tracks are offered in a M. Arch. degree program with a concentration in Architecture + Health.
In Clemson’s graduate architecture program, students have a range of choices of where and what to study. The M. Arch. program offers up to two full semesters (one academic year) of off-campus study in our "Fluid Campus," with its full-time centers in Charleston, Barcelona, and Genoa, a certificate program in Architecture + CommunityBuild, and a certificate program in Digital Ecologies.
Within the framework of the M. Arch. degree, our most specialized program, the M. Arch. in Architecture + Health, includes seminar courses and studio work appropriate for both a general professional degree and a concentration in architecture + health. The intent of the A+H concentration, which is the most structured and established program of its type in the United States, is to develop the generalist-specialist graduate who can creatively work in both modes.
Accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), the Master of Architecture (M. Arch.) is the professional degree required by most state registration boards as a condition of licensure for architectural practice.
At Clemson, the Graduate Program in Architecture seeks to develop students’ proficiency in responding to contemporary architectural, social, and global issues through a broad range of theoretical knowledge, practical abilities, and real world experiences. The major emphasis is on design, accompanied by complementary coursework in building technology, architectural history and theory, representation and fabrication, professional topics, and elective subjects.
More information can be found in this graduate handbook.
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Clemson offers four tracks toward earning the professional, NAAB-accredited (NAAB accreditation) Master of Architecture (M. Arch.) degree:
The M. Arch. I is a three-year, 90-credit hour degree track for students without a pre-professional degree in architecture or a portfolio of 6-8 semesters of strong design studio work. Students in the M. Arch. I track have diversity of undergraduate majors, including architectural studies, and various design (art, city planning, urban design, landscape architecture, industrial design, and others) and non-design backgrounds (business, economics, engineering, literature, psychology, and other fields).
The M. Arch. II is a two-year, 60-credit hour degree track for students with a pre-professional Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) in Architecture and strong portfolios documenting 6 to 8 semesters of design studio work.
The M. Arch. I in A+H is a three-year, 91-credit hour degree track as noted above, for students who wish to pursue a concentration in Architecture + Health. The A+H program requires a summer internship, adding a minimum of one credit to the core program.
The M. Arch. II in A+H is a two-year, 61-credit hour degree track for students with a pre-professional Bachelor’s degree in Architecture as noted above, who wish to pursue a concentration in Architecture + Health. The A+H program requires a summer internship, adding a minimum of one credit to the core program.
For more information about the A+H Program and its degree tracks, see Architecture + Health Program
Among the great assets and opportunities of study at Clemson is our "Fluid Campus." M. Arch. students have the opportunity to study for one or two semesters in our off-campus study centers located in Charleston, South Carolina, Barcelona, and Genoa. As permitted by the capacities of our off-campus centers, new Two-Year students may spend their first fall and/or spring off-campus, while Three-Year students may spend their third and/or fourth semester off-campus. These programs offer a combination of travel, local coursework, and online coursework to offer a unique set of experiences while maintaining a consistent path toward the completion of required coursework. For A+H students, off-campus study may require an additional semester of study.
Admission to our M. Arch. programs is determined by an Admissions Committee of graduate architecture faculty. Admission is very competitive and based on an evaluation of the candidate’s potential to respond successfully to the rigors and creative challenge of graduate study in architecture. This potential is measured by proficiencies demonstrated in prior academic work (GPR/GPA); Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores; a design portfolio, which is required of all applicants; letters of recommendation; and the applicant’s personal statement. Since graduate students must maintain a B average in their coursework, above average GRE scores and undergraduate GPA are considered important factors for admission. Satisfactory performance on the TOEFL or IELTS examinations is required of international applicants. Additional information about admission is available on Clemson’s Graduate School web site at www.clemson.edu/graduate/ and in the Graduate School Policy Handbook.
MARCH-ARCH-2 is the program code for both M. Arch I and II. On the application, choose MARCH-ARCH-2 for either track. As you proceed through the application, you will indicate which track you are interested in.
For important and detailed information about applying, applicants will find necessary information and answers to frequently asked questions at our Graduate Admissions webpage.
The School of Architecture offers employment in the form of assistantships and hourly positions. The School offers a limited number of assistantships to new M. Arch. II students based on the strength of their applications and their standing in the applicant pool. New and continuing students also have the opportunity to apply for assistantships on an annual basis, with assistantship awards determined by the strength of application, academic or applicant standing, and fit for the positions available and applied for. The School also offers a limited number of fellowships sponsored by the state chapters of the AIA to new and continuing students based on academic performance and applicant ranking. The number of assistantships available is limited by the School of Architecture’s budget in a given year; the number of hourly positions depends on the budget and School employment needs.
For more information, please see our Employment & Assistantships webpage.
For other information about financial aid, see the University’s Financial Aid webpage.