Division of Architecture
Master of Architecture (M.Arch)
The Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) program is the professional graduate program leading to the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)-accredited degree. The program is designed as
- a two-year curriculum for those students with a four-year, pre-professional degree in architecture and
- a three-and-one-half-year curriculum for those students without a pre-professional degree in architecture.
The Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) degree program leads to a professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)—the educational credentials needed for licensure as a registered, practicing architect. The 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.
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 second week of January. 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.
Please send all materials to:
Florida A&M University School of Architecture
Division of Architecture Graduate and Professional Programs
1938 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Tallahassee, FL 32307-4200
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 form and payment of the non-refundable fee.
- An official up-to-date TRANSCRIPT of undergraduate records sent directly from all previous colleges attended and
- Either a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average, covering the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work, OR a score of 1000 or more on 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 School of Architecture and Engineering Technology requirements include the following:
If you have questions, please email a request for the Master of Architecture Program Information or telephone Sandra Cloud at (850) 599-8768.
- A portfolio is required of applicants who have previously studied architecture or a related field. The samples of work will not be returned.
- A résumé and letter of intent indicating the applicant's educational and career background, 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. For your convenience, the School of Architecture and Engineering Technology provides a Recommendation Form that may be used.
- 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.