M.Arch Program Handbook (2018-2019) (PDF)

The handbook includes sample program plans, admission requirements, and more.

The Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree program at Washington State University’s School of Design and Construction is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The M.Arch degree, combined with professional experience approved by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and completion of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) ensures one is prepared to practice architecture.

Throughout the program students engage in design and scholarship that offers new insights into the role of architecture in our culture, civilization, and environment. Within this context our students challenge existing conventions and offer innovative approaches germane to the critical issues facing the profession of architecture and the world today.

A range of activities and experiences such as lectures, exhibits, study tours, internships, studios, and project reviews provide opportunities for educational and professional engagement on the local, regional, national, and international levels.

Admission and Program Tracks 

Depending on educational background and our evaluation of application materials, students wishing to earn the professional M.Arch degree will be admitted as follows:

1-year (accelerated) (2 semesters plus summer): for WSU students with a four-year, pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture who have submitted application materials demonstrating a high level of design proficiency, and who have met all other admission conditions for the accelerated program by published deadlines.

2-year (4 semesters plus summer): typically for students with an undergraduate degree in architecture, or for those with a degree in an allied design discipline who have submitted application materials demonstrating the need for additional design experience.

3-year (6 semesters plus summer): typically for students with a non-architecture undergraduate degree, or for those with a degree in an allied design discipline who have submitted application materials demonstrating the need for additional design experience beyond a two-year timeframe.


Our employment placement rate is nearly 100% with graduates working at a variety of firms throughout the country, such as:

  • ALSC – Project Architect
  • BCRA Design – Architecture Associate
  • BLRB – Intern Architect
  • CallisonRTKL – Principal
  • DLR Group – Architectural Designer I
  • Forte Architects – Architectural Associate
  • GGLO – Associate
  • Integrus Architecture – Associate Principal
  • Jackson Main Architecture – Intern Architect / Designer
  • Hoffman Construction – Business Development
  • Katerra, Inc. – Project Manager
  • KMB Architects – BIM Manager
  • KSI Architecture & Planning – Architecture Associate
  • MG2 – Associate IV
  • Miller Hull Partnership – Principal
  • NAC – Chairman
  • New York Design Architects – Intern
  • Olson Kundig – Principal
  • SRG Partnership – Senior Associate
  • Strosser Architecture & Conservation – Project Manager
  • Walla Walla Foundry – Project Manager
  • WAG – Architect

Recent data suggests architects earn a median salary of $76,100 per year in the United States. Salaries typically start from $46,080 and go up to $125,520, depending upon geographic location, experience, and size/focus of firm (sokanu.com; 2017).

Refer to the M.Arch Program Handbook (2018-2019) for more information about course credits, time to degree completion, sample program plans, credits, costs, support, and deadlines.

Computer Requirements

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