Graduate Bulletin

Architecture, M.Arch.

Center for the Arts / TYLER SCHOOL OF ART
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall:  January 15

Applications are reviewed as they are received after the deadline. Students are normally admitted in the Fall semester. In the rare instance when students are admitted in the Spring, they may have limited course offerings in the first semester because course sequencing begins in the Fall.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members and/or professionals in the field who are familiar with the applicant's academic and professional competence.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

The M.Arch. program has two tracks: a 2-year Professional Track and a 3-year Intensive Design Track. Admission into the 2-year Professional Track is open only to students who have completed a pre-professional degree in Architecture, i.e., a program with course content equivalent to the current Temple University B.S. in Architecture. Admission into the 3-year Intensive Design Track is open to any student who has completed a bachelor’s degree. All applicants apply directly to the M.Arch. program, not to a specific curricular track. Admitted students are placed in the appropriate track based on a thorough review of all application materials.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A pre-professional baccalaureate degree in Architecture (or equivalent) is required for the 2-year Professional Track. A baccalaureate degree in any discipline is required for the 3-year Intensive Design Track.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words in length and should include the following elements: your interest in Temple's program; your educational and research goals; your future career goals; and your academic and research achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. Average scores are typically in the 50-65% range, particularly on the verbal section.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 79 iBT or 550 PBT.

Resume:

A resume is required.

Portfolio:

All applicants must submit a portfolio of their most important and representative design, creative, and written work. Portfolios from students with prior academic experience in Architecture should include architectural design work done in academic settings. Portfolios may also include work in the visual arts or in visual communication. In addition, work completed in practice may be included but should clearly articulate the applicant’s role in the project. Papers, research, or other materials (preferably dealing with the built environment) are invited as evidence of scholarly, academic, or creative work. Work chosen for inclusion in a portfolio should best represent the applicant's knowledge, aptitudes, interests, creative ability, and experience relative to the discipline of Architecture. The portfolio should include approximately 20 images or other items.

Portfolios are to be uploaded at https://temple.slideroom.com/, as instructed at the website. SlideRoom requires an additional fee for this service. Original work, slides, CD-ROMs, catalogs, photographs, books, and/or binders are not acceptable substitutes for the SlideRoom portfolio and will not be reviewed or returned.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Credits Required: 60 for the Professional Track; up to 90 for the Intensive Design Track.

Required Courses:

PROFESSIONAL TRACK:
Year 1/Fall Semester
ARCH 5252:  Structural Design for Architects 1 (3)
ARCH 5351:  Environmental Control Systems 1 (3)
ARCH 8011:  Advanced Architectural Design Studio 1 (6)
ARCH 8133:  Architectural Research Seminar 3 (3) 

Year 1/Spring Semester*
ARCH 5253:  Structural Design for Architects 2 (3)
ARCH 8012:  Elective Architectural Design Studio (6)
ARCH 8132:  Architectural Research Seminar 2 (3)
Free Elective (3)

Year 2/Fall Semester
ARCH 8013:  Comprehensive Architectural Design Studio (6)
ARCH 8131:  Architectural Research Seminar 1 (3)
ARCH 8352:  Environmental Control Systems 2 (3)

ARCH 9991:  Directed Research (3)
OR
ARCH Elective (3)

Year 2/Spring Semester*
ARCH 8012:  Elective Architectural Design Studio (6)
OR
ARCH 9996:  Architectural Design Thesis (6)

ARCH 8096:  Professional Practice (3)
ARCH Elective (3)
Free Elective (3)

* ROME or TOKYO OPTION: M.Arch. students in the Professional Track can choose to study abroad at the Temple Rome or Temple Japan campuses in the Spring semesters. Studio course credits count toward ARCH 8012: Elective Architectural Design Studio. Architecture seminar course credits count toward Architecture elective requirements, and other coursework counts toward free elective credits in the program.

INTENSIVE DESIGN TRACK:

Up to 30 credits are taken in Year 1, with the actual number varying according to the amount of architecture pre-professional course content previously satisfied by the student. Students are required to keep a portfolio of coursework taken in Year 1 of the Intensive Design Track. Upon successful completion of Year 1, students undergo a portfolio review prior to entering the 2-year Professional Track. Courses for the Intensive Design Track include:

ARCH 5011:  Graduate Representation Intensive 1 (3)
ARCH 5012:  Graduate Representation Intensive 2 (3)
ARCH 5122:  Graduate Design Foundation Intensive (6), which is required of students who took fewer than 8 credits of foundation or architectural design studios as undergraduates
ARCH 5231:  Graduate Design Studio 1 (6)
ARCH 5232:  Graduate Design Studio 2 (6)

Building Technology (up to 6 credits):
ARCH 5152:  Materials and Methods of Construction (3)
ARCH 5251:  Structural Analysis for Architects (3)

History and Theory (up to 12 credits, including 6 credits of which may be taken in Years 2 and 3 as Architecture Electives):
ARCH 5141:  Architectural History 1: Ancient through Renaissance (3)
ARCH 5142:  Architectural History 2: Renaissance through 20th Century (3)
ARCH 5296:  Movements in Modern Architecture (3)
ARCH 5596:  Seminar in Architectural Theory (3)

Language Examination:  No language examination is required.

Internship: No internship is required.

Culminating Events:

Design Studio Project:
In the Intensive Design Track, students are required to take up to 18 credits of design studio and 6 credits of representation courses. Placement is assessed at the time of application and is based on the student’s portfolio and transcript.

In the Professional Track, students are required to complete four design studios or three design studios and a thesis.

Design Thesis:
Students can undertake an independent design thesis. This option is a two-semester, two-course sequence: ARCH 9991: Directed Research (3 credits) in the Fall, and ARCH 9996: Architecture Design Thesis (6 credits) in the Spring. The result is a pre-design position paper and design project analysis, culminating in a design thesis project presentation and written/graphic documentation of the work.

Contacts
Program Contact Information:

http://tyler.temple.edu/programs/architecture

Department Information:

Tyler School of Art
Architecture Department
2001 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6077
architecture@temple.edu
215-204-8813

Department Contacts:

Admissions:

Nicole Howard

tylergrd@temple.edu

215-777-9090

About the Program

The M.Arch. is a first professional degree. Tyler Architecture focuses on design in the contexts of cultural and technological innovation as well as in stewardship of the built and natural environment. The program stresses critical inquiry as part of the creative process, teaching students how to assess and intervene in the physical world through carefully considered acts of making. The department engages the city, exploring and addressing the ethical and social dimensions of architecture and the built environment, and through this seeks to develop an ethos of leadership in our students, preparing them to become active participants in practices and discourses surrounding the complex global and local issues of our time.

Time Limit for Degree Completion:  5 years

Campus Location:

Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

The curriculum is designed for a full-time load of 15 credits per semester. This allows Professional Track students to complete the degree in 2 years (4 semesters) and Intensive Design Track students to complete the degree in 3 years (6 semesters). Students are, however, able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

Tyler School of Art
Architecture Department
2001 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6077
architecture@temple.edu
215-204-8813

Interdisciplinary Study:

Not applicable.

Affiliation(s):

Not applicable.

Study Abroad:

M.Arch. students in the Professional Track may choose to study at the TU Rome or TU Japan campuses in the Spring semesters.

Ranking:

Not applicable.

Accreditation:

The M.Arch degree program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which requires publication of the following statement:

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in Architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Temple University Architecture Department offers the following NAAB accredited degree programs:

  • B.S.Arch. (156 undergraduate credits, last class accepted in Fall 2009)
  • M.Arch. (B.S.Arch. pre-professional degree + 60 graduate credits)
  • M.Arch. (baccalaureate degree + up to 90 graduate credits)

The next accreditation visit for the M.Arch. program is 2014.

Areas of Specialization:

Not applicable.

Job Placement:

The Master of Architecture is an accredited professional degree program that prepares students for a career as a professional architect. Students are eligible to sign up for the Intern Development Program (IDP) upon admission to the program and to take the architecture licensing exams according to the schedule of internship and licensure as determined by the architecture registration board in the state in which the student wishes to obtain licensure. Because this is an urban program located centrally in Philadelphia, engagement with the local professional community is a primary characteristic of the program. During the time in the program, students are introduced to the IDP and engage with members of the profession through design critiques and mentorship initiatives.

Licensure:

In the United States, most state architecture registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in Architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. The master's degree program offered by Temple University has two tracks: a 3-year Intensive Design Track open to students with a baccalaureate degree in any discipline, and a 4+2 program that consists of a pre-professional undergraduate degree (B.S.Arch.) and a professional graduate degree (M.Arch.), which, when earned sequentially, comprise an accredited professional education. Note that the pre-professional B.S.Arch. degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students must contact the Architecture Department for information.

Financing Opportunities

The Architecture Department has a limited number of scholarships for graduate students. Students should also check the Tyler School of Art and Student Financial Services websites for financial aid opportunities. Students should complete a FAFSA application to determine eligibility for student financial aid, work study employment within the Architecture Department, or other eligible on-campus jobs.

Updated 10.31.13