Master of Architecture Track II

Degree Requirements | Non-Studio Requirements | Studio Requirements | Sample Curriculum


Degree Overview

Our master of architecture (MArch) degree allows you to complete a professional degree, leading to licensure, in a stimulating academic environment characterized by cooperation, rigor, and a commitment to human quality in the built environment.

Eligible applicants must have a pre-professional degree in architecture from a regionally accredited four-year U.S. college or university OR hold an equivalent credential from a qualifying international institution. A four-year program is considered qualified if the school has an accredited graduate program.

The program is studio-based, with a full complement of professional courses with opportunities to focus on an area of special interest. You can take advantage of numerous on- and off-campus opportunities to expand your academic experience. We offer an array of study abroad programs, internships in architectural offices, and various opportunities to work directly with communities.

The program is two years, begins in the fall, and is available at two campus locations: Eugene and Portland.

Most of our graduate and undergraduate students are in Eugene. The Eugene program offers a wide diversity of faculty and courses, concurrent degree programs, and the option to take courses in other departments of the university. Eugene-based programs offer various focuses, including sustainability, building technology, history/theory and human-centered design. Learn more about what our faculty members in Eugene and Portland are researching by reading their profiles or browsing the Guide to Research + Creative Practice.

About 100 architecture students, mostly track II students, are in Portland. The Portland program is housed in a beautifully renovated warehouse block in the city center, has strong connections with the Portland professional community, and strong engagement with current architectural and urban issues of the city.

Track II architecture students who choose the Portland location should have completed coursework in building construction, introductory course in structures, and the basic technical requirements as shown in our program outline guides, prior to fall term admission. Track II applicants who are offered admission to the Portland campus will have a transcript evaluation to determine individual requirements. Students who have not completed prerequisites may be advised to start their program at the Eugene campus based on their respective backgrounds and the availability of the required course offerings.


Degree Requirements (87 Credits)


Required Courses

Professional Coursework (Non-Studio) Requirements (minimum 47 credits)

Introductory Media and Process

5 Credits Total

ARCH 611 Graduate Design Process

3 Credits

ARCH 610 Introduction to Architectural Computing

2 Credits

Intermediate Media

3 Credits Total

ARCH 523 Media for Design Development

3 Credits

Design Arts

12 Credits Total

ARCH 530 Architectural Contexts: Place and Culture

4 Credits

ARCH 540 Human Context of Design

4 Credits

ARCH 550 Spatial Composition

4 Credits

Design Technology

24 Credits Total

ARCH 561 Structural Behavior

4 Credits

ARCH 562 Wood and Steel Building Systems

4 Credits

ARCH 570 Building Construction

4 Credits

ARCH 571 Building Enclosure

4 Credits

ARCH 591 Environmental Control Systems I

4 Credits

ARCH 592 Environmental Control Systems II

4 Credits

Professional Practice

4 Credits Total

ARCH 517 Context of the Architectural Profession

4 Credits

Architectural History

3 Courses Minimum

Three 500-level courses covering areas: ancient (ARH), renaissance (ARH), modern (ARCH 610: 20th Century Architecture History)

Subject Area Electives

Subject area electives include ARCH 607: Option II Seminar

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Architectural Design (Studio) Requirements (minimum 64 credits)

ARCH 683 Introductory Graduate Design

6 Credits

ARCH 584 Architectural Design (Three Terms)

18 Credits (3 Terms x 6 Credits)

ARCH 585 Architectural Design I

8 Credits

ARCH 586 Advanced Architectural Design II

8 Credits


Professional Focus: 15+ credits (can be integrated into other degree requirements)

Master of Architecture students are required to declare a professional focus. This requirement can be fulfilled through one of three options:

  1. Completing credits in an approved cluster of courses. See the MArch Study Cluster Worksheet.
     
  2. Completing required coursework for one of the following specializations:
    Architectural Technology (Eugene campus only)
    Housing (Eugene campus only)
    Interior Architecture (Eugene campus only)
    Historic Preservation (Portland campus only)
    Urban Architecture and Urban Design (Portland campus only)
     
  3. Completing required coursework for a graduate certificate
    Ecological Design Certificate
    Technical Teaching Certificate

Students pursuing concurrent master's degrees are not required to complete a professional focus. See the Professional Focus Overview.

Further details on completing the professional focus requirement are available with the departmental academic advisor.

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Sample Curriculum Outline

Most required courses are only offered in certain terms as shown. Your core course requirements are determined by transcript evaluation.

Year One

FALL TERM

13 Credits

ARCH 683 Introductory Graduate Design

6 Credits

ARCH 607 Option II Seminar

3 Credits
Required Core Course
4 Credits
 

WINTER TERM

14 Credits

ARCH 584 Architectural Design

6 Credits
Required Core Course
4 Credits
Required Core Course
4 Credits
 

SPRING TERM

14 Credits

ARCH 584 Architectural Design

6 Credits
Required Core Course
4 Credits
Subject Area Elective
4 Credits

SUMMER TERM

Optional studio in Eugene, Portland, or abroad.


Year Two

FALL TERM

16 Credits

ARCH 584 Architectural Design

6 Credits
Required Core Course
4 Credits
Subject Area Elective
4 Credits
 

WINTER TERM

16 Credits

ARCH 585 Architectural Design I

8 Credits

ARCH 517 Context of the Architectural Profession

4 Credits
Subject Area Elective
4 Credits
 

SPRING TERM

16 Credits

ARCH 586 Advanced Architectural Design II

8 Credits
Subject Area Elective
4 Credits
Subject Area Elective
4 Credits

Note: General education and subject area electives can be taken any term and in any order.

Master of Architecture Track II (2-year)
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