Master of Architecture (M.Arch)
Preparation for professional architectural practice. Skills in sustainable design, technology, project management and collaboration. An interdisciplinary environment. These are the main takeaways from Jefferson’s NAAB accredited Master of Architecture programme.
Multiple starting tracks are available based on a student’s level of preparedness. A selection committee decides this, taking educational backgrounds, experiences and portfolios into account. Those with no design degree will start with a two-course summer programme in design basics. Candidates with satisfactory portfolios and experience proceed to the first year. Those with more advanced standing — typically those from a four-year pre-professional architecture programme — head straight to the second year. A portfolio and personal statement are required for review upon admission.
Enrollees can gain professional experience through the Architectural Experience Programme, developed by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), a requirement across most jurisdictions and a key step to licensure. NCARB representatives visit every year to present an overview of AXP and the professional licensure process as well as providing students with valuable information on how to begin the process.
Students with a professional Bachelor of Architecture degree may consider the M.S. in Architecture programme, an advanced post-professional, design research degree featuring concentrations in Façade Design Technology and High-Performance Buildings.