Design the Built Environment
With a master’s degree in architecture from our nationally accredited program, you will gain the professional training needed to become a licensed architect. Much of this training occurs in the design studio, which is a unique classroom experience focused on learning through making, and typically involves 15 students and a professor closely working together for nine hours a week. This experience culminates with a final design project that allows students to pursue their own individual interests in architecture. Students choose both the focus of the project and a faculty mentor to guide the project.
Students seeking a college town vibe can get their master’s in architecture at our main campus in Moscow. Those interested in a more urban setting can study at our Boise center. Applications are made through the College of Graduate Studies and are due February 1 for summer and fall term admission. Spring admissions are by special permission only.
- Accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB)
- Prepares you to become a licensed, practicing architect
- Offered on our Moscow campus and at our Boise-based Urban Design Center
We offer three degree tracks for a master’s degree:
- U of I students with a B.S. in architecture can pursue a master’s in architecture (M.Arch) via our seamless degree path. These students finish their entire education — both undergraduate and graduate degrees — in 5-6 years.
- Students with a B.S. in architecture from another institution can apply for our two-year master’s degree path.
- Students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-design discipline can pursue a master’s of architecture via the 3-plus degree path, which is completed in three years, plus one summer.
Students in our Moscow graduate program can apply for teaching assistantships, engage with our full range of faculty members, and access an extensive selection of electives. They also have opportunities to work with our design-build program to bring architectural concepts to fruition in a way that positively impacts Idaho’s communities.
Students in our Boise graduate program focus on sustainable design in a metropolitan setting, with the potential for conducting research on high performance, energy-efficient buildings at our Integrated Design Lab. Students in Boise also have numerous opportunities for professional internships with local firms, and they’re immersed in an intimate, interdisciplinary studio setting with graduate students in landscape architecture and bioregional planning.