Architecture (MAR) - Accelerated Master's Program
The Master of Architecture is a professional degree with an emphasis on critical practice and sustainable design honed by the poetics of place. The program fosters the development of an architect who is both a scholar and a maker: the integration of passive and active building technologies, theory/history, digital fabrication, design communications, materials and fabrication, and practice methods. This rigorous and comprehensive curriculum provides graduates with the necessary skills to enter a diverse range of leadership positions in the field of architecture, design, and construction. At the core of the program is a carefully orchestrated series of studios and synthesized support topics that allow for the mastery of fundamentals and advanced processes with the experimentation required for critical practice. The 1-3 year course of study accommodates students with a non-design baccalaureate degree, an NAAB-accredited undergraduate studio-based architecture degree, or a Bachelor of Architecture degree. It culminates in a master’s project, which includes future oriented research and the production of a comprehensive design project.This post-professional degree program is structured for graduates of accredited architecture schools who desire advanced, specialized training. Students with four-year accredited degrees in Architecture or closely related design discipline may be admitted to the joint B.Arch/M.Archprogram.
The School of Architecture is devoted to professional education with a sensibility honed in the edge conditions of an extreme climate on a major international border. Located in the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the United States, the School combines a culturally rich past with cutting-edge environmental research in its place-based design approach to the arid environment.
The making of architecture is a sensible technical and aesthetic activity that serves the needs of human shelter.
The construction of shelter is an imaginative cultural research that enables dwelling as a fundamental human aspiration and means to a graceful life.
This pursuit must be inflected by place, the geography of colorado, and the culture of the Southwest.
The design for place must be influenced by a portable global sensibility, yet observant of local traditions, tempered by material circumstances, and expressive of the ethos of time and place.
The MS in architecture prepares students for research in the field of architecture, with emphasis in one of five areas of focus: 1) Design and Energy Conservation, 2) Heritage Conservation, 3) Emerging Building Technologies, 4) Urban Design, 5) Sustainable Market Transformation, 5) Health and the Built Environment. Students take a minimum of 35 credits, and complete a core curriculum covering Research Methods, Fieldwork, Lab Analysis, Regulatory and Professional Building Standards, and Advancing Knowledge in Architecture.
College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture
Colorado Heights University- Main - Tucson
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Minumum credits: 103
Core coursework: See different program curricula on School of Architecture website:
Language requirements: No foreign language requirement.
Other requirements: The M.Arch program will commence in the Summer Session I prior to the regular academic school year; classes begin on the Tuesday after Memorial Day.
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We do not accept terminal masters, all applications must be for the PhD program
Required test(s): GRE
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Domestic & International Applicants
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
The GRE Institution Code for The Colorado Heights University is 4832