Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required to Earn the Degree: 60 for the Professional Track; up to 90 for the Intensive Design Track

Required Courses:

Professional Track1,2

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ARCH 5252 Str Des for Architects 1 3
ARCH 5351 Env Control Systems 1 3
ARCH 8011 Advanced Architecture Design Studio 1 6
ARCH 8131 Arch Research Seminar 1 3
 Credit Hours15
ARCH 5253 Str Des for Architects 2 3
ARCH 8013 Comprehensive Architecture Design Studio 6
ARCH 8352 Environmental Control Systems 2 3
Select one from the following: 3 3
ARCH 8132
Arch Research Seminar 2
ARCH 8133
Arch Research Seminar 3
 Credit Hours15
Year 2
ARCH 8012 Elect Arch Des Studio 6
ARCH 9991 Directed Research ((OR ARCH Elective)) 3
ARCH Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
ARCH 8012
or ARCH 9996
Elect Arch Des Studio
or Architecture Design Thesis
ARCH 8096 Professional Practice 3
ARCH Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours60

ROME, TOKYO, and STUDY ABROAD OPTION: MArch students in the Professional Track may elect to study abroad in the Spring term at the Temple Rome or Temple Japan campus. Some study abroad exchange programs allow students to study in the Fall semester.


Studio course credits count toward ARCH 8012. Architecture seminar course credits count toward Architecture elective requirements. Other coursework counts toward free elective credits in the program. Consult with your faculty and academic advisor.


ARCH 8132 and ARCH 8133 are typically offered during the Fall and Spring terms. Consult with your faculty and academic advisor.

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. 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:

Core Courses
ARCH 5011Graduate Representation Intensive 13
ARCH 5012Graduate Representation Intensive 23
ARCH 5122Graduate Design Foundation Intensive 16
ARCH 5231Graduate Design Studio 16
ARCH 5232Graduate Design Studio 26
Building Technology
ARCH 5152Materials and Methods of Construction3
ARCH 5251Structural Analysis for Architects3
History and Theory 2
ARCH 5141Architectural History 1: Ancient through Renaissance3
ARCH 5142Architectural History 2: Renaissance through 20th Century3
ARCH 5296Movements in Modern Architecture3
ARCH 5596Seminar in Architectural Theory3
Total Credit Hours42

ARCH 5122 is required of students who took fewer than 8 credits of foundation or architectural design studios as undergraduates.


The four courses (12 credits) identified include two courses (6 credits) that may be taken in Years 2 and 3 as architecture electives.

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-term, two-course sequence: ARCH 9991 in the Fall, and ARCH 9996 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.