Master of Science in Architecture

Master of Architecture
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. 

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.

Master of Architecture Curriculum

 

Year 1

Fall
Course Title Hours
ARC 5206 Adv. Arch. Theory & Philosophy 3
ARC 5934 Urban Design Seminar 3
ARC 5936 Thesis Topic Seminar 1
ARC 6259 Programming Theory & Practice 3
ARC 6357 Grad Design 6.1 (Critical Thinking) 6
Semeter Hours: 16

 

Spring
Course Title Hours
ARC 5204 Architectural Making  3
ARC 6359 Grad Design 6.2 (Whole Building) 6
ARC 6624 New Technology of Enclosed Buildings  3
ARC 6910 Intro Thesis Planning & Research 3
Semester Hours: 15
Year 1 Total: 31
 


Year 2

 Fall
Course Title Hours
ARC 5286 Practice I 3
ARC 6972 Thesis Studio & Research 6
  4000+ Thesis Elective 3
Semester Hours: 12

 

 Spring
Course Title Hours
ARC 5288 Practice II 3
ARC 6976 Thesis Reflection & Documentation 6
  4000+ Graduate Elective 3
Semester Hours: 12
Year 2 Total: 24
Total Master of Architecture: 55
 

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YEAR 1

 Fall
Course Title Hours
ARC 2201 Theory in Architecture 3
ARC 2470 Intro to Technology of Architecture 3
ARC 2702 Architectural History II 3
ARC 4173 Intro Computer Aid Draft & Design 3
ARC 5361 Architectural Design I 3
Semester Hours: 15

 

Spring
Course Title Hours
ARC 2501 Architectural Structures I  3
ARC 2701 Architectural History I 3
ARC 4610 Environmental Systems in Architecture 3
ARC 4319 Design Analysis 3
ARC 5362 Architectural Design II 3
Semester Hours: 15
Year 1 Total: 30

 

Summer
Course Title Hours
ARC 3463 Mat. & Meth. Construction II 4
ARC 5363 Architectural Design III 4
Semester Hours: 8

 

Year 2

FALL
Course Title Hours
ARC 3551 Architectural Structures II 3
ARC 5206 Adv. Arch. Theory & Philosophy 3
ARC 5364 Architectural Design IV 4
ARC 6259 Programming Theory & Practice 3
ARC 5936 Thesis Topic Seminar 1
Semester Hours: 14
 
Spring
Course Title Hours
ARC 3703 Architectural History III 3
ARC 6359 Graduate Design 6.2 (Whole Building)  6
ARC 6624 New Technology of Enclosed Buildings  3
ARC 6910 Intro to Thesis Planning & Research 3
Semester Hours: 15
Year 2 Total: 29

 

Year 3

FALL
Course Title Hours
ARC 5286 Practice I 3
ARC 5934 Urban Design Seminar 3
ARC 6972 Thesis Studio & Research  6
Semester Hours: 12

 

SPring
Course Title Hours
ARC 5204 Architectural Making 3
ARC 5288 Practice II 3
ARC 6976 Thesis Reflection & Documentation 6
Semester Hours: 12
Year 3 Total: 24
Total Master of Architecture: 91

 

 

Division of Architecture Faculty

Name Title Email Phone
Bryan Buie Visiting Assistant Professor bryan.buie@famu.edu (850)599-3244
Olivier Chamel Associate Professor & Division of Architecture Director olivier.chamel@famu.edu (850) 599-3894
Andrew Chin Associate Professor & Interim Dean andrew.chin@famu.edu  (850)599-3244
Rhonda Hammond

Visiting Assistant Professor

rhonda.hammond@famu.edu

(850)599-3244
Craig Huffman Professor craig.huffman@famu.edu (850) 599-8781
Ronald Lumpkin Associate Professor & Interim Associate Dean ronald.lumpkin@famu.edu (850) 599-8768
Mahsan Mohsenin Associate Professor mahsan.mohsenin@famu.edu (850) 599-3337

Maxim Nasab

Visiting Assistant Professor maxim.nasab@famu.edu (850)599-3244

Ana Orosco

Visiting Assistant Professor ana.orosco@famu.edu (850)599-3244

Kyle Spence

Visiting Assistant Professor kyle.spence@famu.edu (850)599-3244

Jonathon Stevens

Visiting Assistant Professor jonathon.stevens@famu.edu (850)599-3244

Leon Williams

Visiting Assistant Professor leon.williams@famu.edu (850)599-3244

 

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