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College of Architecture and Planning University of Colorado Denver

College of Architecture & Planning
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PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

College of Architecture + Planning



The Master of Architecture is the college's accredited professional degree for students intending to seek licensure as architects. It is a three-and-one-half-year plan of study that has been fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

PREVIOUS EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE
Unrelated Degree

If your bachelor’s degree is unrelated to architecture, you must complete a sequence of course work and accumulate a minimum of 105 semester hours of credit.

All of your application materials will be reviewed by the Admission Committee for adequate conformance in the area of general studies.

Pre-Professional Degree (Advanced Standing)

If you have completed the college's BS Arch or other preprofessional degree in architecture or a related field, or foreign non-NAAB-accredited professional degree, you will be evaluated individually for advanced standing. Credit is awarded for classes you have taken that duplicate the content of our own courses. You will be advised and provided with an individualized plan of study commensurate with your previous degrees and experience, and will have to complete at least 60 semester hours of credit in residence within the College of Architecture and Planning.


PREREQUISITES
  • ARCH 5310 Introduction to Building Technology. Students must complete the prerequisites of college-level trigonometry and physics before enrolling in this course. Since this class should be taken in the first semester in order to stay on track for graduation, students are strongly encouraged to complete the trigonometry and physics requirements before beginning the M Arch program.

  • ARCH 5000 Math and Physics for Architects.  This course is offered in the summer on a pass/fail basis and meets the prerequisite requirements; however, this class does not count toward the number of credits required for the M Arch degree.

  • Architecture skills workshop.  Recommended if you do not have a background in architectural drawing and model building. This class is offered each year before the beginning of the fall semester.

  • Computer Literacy. You are expected to have achieved a basic level of computer literacy and be familiar with PC or Mac operating systems.

    

REQUIREMENTS

Students with a bachelor's or master's degree unrelated to architecture must complete a sequence of course work and accumulate a minimum of 105 semester hours of credit. Students who have completed the college's BS Arch or other preprofessional degree in architecture, or foreign non-NAAB-accredited professional degree, will be evaluated individually for advanced standing. These students will be advised and provided with an individualized plan of study commensurate with their previous degrees and experience, and will have to complete at least 60 semester hours of credit in residence within the College of Architecture and Planning.

Students must maintain at least a 3.0 University of Colorado cumulative grade point average to remain in good standing. When a graduate student's cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0, the student and the department will be notified and the student will be placed on academic probation.

A grade of C+ or lower in a lecture course cannot be applied to the completion of the M Arch program. A student who receives a grade of C, D, or F in a course must retake the course.

Students receiving a C+ in a studio will be allowed to register for the subsequent studio in the sequence. The student must earn a minimum grade of B in the subsequent studio to avoid having to repeat the studio in which the C+ was received. A student receiving a grade of B- or lower in that subsequent studio will be placed on academic probation and be required to retake the studio.

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