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School of Architecture and Engineering Technology
1938 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Walter L. Smith Architecture Building
Tallahassee, Florida 32307-4200

Program Description

The Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) program is the professional graduate program leading to the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)—the educational credentials needed for licensure as a registered, practicing architect. The program is designed as

  • a two-year curriculum for students with a four-year, pre-professional degree in architecture and
  • a three-and-one-half-year curriculum for students without a pre-professional degree in architecture. 

The M.Arch. curriculum of study is composed of design studios, lecture classes, thesis development classes, and electives. The culmination of the M.Arch studies is the Master’s Thesis Project. This final exercise is a synthesis of student’s specific focus and individual interests, with the knowledge, experiences, and skills gained in the graduate experience.



The two-year curriculum is available online by clicking here.

The three-and-one-half-year curriculum is available online by clicking here.

Application and Admission Requirements

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the School of Architecture and Engineering Technology receives the completed application materials by the School of Graduate Studies deadline. If materials are not received by the deadline, the application may not be considered for admission. Admission is competitive and considered on a space-available basis.


The M.Arch application is an online process. Applicants must meet the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies at Florida A&M as well as those of the School of Architecture and Engineering Technology.


The Florida A&M University School of Graduate Studies' requirements include the following:

  • A completed university Graduate Application and payment of the non-refundable fee.
  • An official up-to-date TRANSCRIPT of undergraduate records sent directly from all previous colleges attended and
  • A 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average, covering the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work.
  • A GRE score from the verbal and quantitative sections of the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) OR a graduate level degree from an accredited institution of higher education.


The Florida A&M University SAET M.Arch. requirements include the following:

  • A portfolio is required of applicants who have previously studied architecture. The samples of work will not be returned.
  • A résumé indicating the applicant's educational and career background,
  • A  letter of intent indicating the applicant's educational and career goals, and reasons for selecting the degree program at FAMU.
  • Three letters of reference from people who can speak knowledgeably about the quality of the applicant's recent work..
  • A TOEFL score of 550 or better, from foreign students, prior to admittance to the university. 

Progress and Retention Requirements

All students seeking admission, provisionally admitted, or fully admitted to a graduate program in the School of Architecture and who are enrolled in upper-division or graduate courses within the School of Architecture are required to meet all of the provisions outlined in the university Catalog for satisfactory progress and retention as determined by the School of Graduate Studies and Research. The requirements for satisfactory progress for such students are different from the general requirements for progress and retention for students admitted and enrolled in undergraduate degree programs.


Students provisionally admitted and fully admitted to graduate programs in the School of Architecture who fail to maintain the required conditions for progress and retention could face termination of their graduate student status. A failing grade in a required course or a grade below that required for advancement in the student's graduate curriculum as described in the Catalog requires course retake. Such retakes follow different grade forgiveness policies from those that apply to undergraduate students' grades.