Master of Architecture Program

Overview

The Master of Architecture Program (M.Arch) consists of 42 semester hours of graduate architecture courses in addition to a pre-requisite Bachelor of Science in Architecture composed of a 126 semester hours, of which 58 semester hours are general studies.  The M.Arch program will typically be completed in three semesters of full-time study.

The Master of Architecture degree program has a focus on the cultural, geographic, and historical conditions that distinguish the character of the surrounding environment and its people.  The degree program provides graduates with the educational background to enter the professional practice of architecture and its numerous variants.  The state of West Virginia requires an architect to be a graduate of a professional degree program. 

Architecture consists of an examination of the processes of design, systems of construction, relationships to environmental, social, historical and geographical context, and an understanding of behaviorism and symbolism.  This program provides an opportunity to address concerns relevant to the small city and town, particularly within a more rural environment.  This program provides opportunities for research and applications in sustainable and green design principles.  The graduate program provides an opportunity to examine the past and prepare for the present and future challenges in architecture.

Career Opportunities

The annual median wage for architecture is $67,620.00, and the projected need for this career field is expected to increase by 20% by 2016.

Additional career opportunities for Architecture students include:

  • Civil Engineer
  • Landscape Architect
  • Interior Designer
  • Architectural Drafter
  • Construction Manager