Joint program candidates must complete all of the requirements of the MArch degree and the requirements stipulated by the Department of Urban Planning. The Urban Planning Master’s program is detailed in the Urban Planning section of this Catalog.


Admission Requirements 

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary by program, please review the application deadline chart for specific programs. Other important dates and deadlines can be found by using the One Stop calendars.

Credits and Courses

Students in the M.Arch/MUP program are required to complete a total of 84 credits: 36 credits in urban planning, 42 credits in architecture, and 6 credits of graduate electives from any area.

Urban Planning Requirements
URBPLAN 701Introduction to Land Use Planning1
URBPLAN 702Introduction to Planning Law2
URBPLAN 711Planning Theories and Practice3
URBPLAN 720Urban Development Theory and Planning3
URBPLAN 721Applied Planning Methods3
URBPLAN 740Data Analysis Methods I3
URBPLAN 810Planning Policy Analysis6
URBPLAN 811Applied Planning Workshop3
URBPLAN 751Introduction to Urban Design and Physical Planning3
URBPLAN 857Urban Design as Public Policy3
URBPLAN 858Studio in Urban Design and Physical Planning6
Architecture Requirements 1
Design 2
ARCH 812Graduate Design III:6
ARCH 800Design Elective:6
Studio in Urban Design and Physical Planning 3
ARCH 743Professional Practice III3
Urban Design as Public Policy 3
ARCH 821Building Technology III3
ARCH 822Building Technology IV3
ARCH 823Building Technology V3
ARCH 860Topics in Architectural History & Theory:3
Introduction to Urban Design and Physical Planning 3
Graduate Electives12
At least 6 credits taken in architecture
Capstone Requirement
A 500-level or higher architecture elective3
ARCH 800Design Elective:6
or ARCH 812 Graduate Design III:
Total Credits84

Students who have completed any of the required architecture courses or their equivalents as undergraduates may substitute architecture electives.


A minimum grade of “B” (3.00) is required in each design studio.


Course satisfies Architecture Requirements; credits counted in Urban Planning Requirements.

M.Arch/MUP Program Candidates

Coordinated degree program candidates must complete all of the requirements of the M.Arch degree and the requirements stipulated by the Department of Urban Planning. The Urban Planning Master’s program is detailed in the Urban Planning section of this Catalog.

Additional Requirements

Capstone Requirement

The student in the M.Arch/MUP program must complete the Architecture Capstone Requirement, and must also take and pass the comprehensive exam in Urban Planning.

Time Limit

The student must complete all degree requirements within seven years of initial enrollment.

Architecture MArch Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Master of Architecture (MArch) program will be able to: 

  • Navigate the paths to becoming licensed as an architect in the United States and the range of available career opportunities that utilize the discipline’s skills and knowledge. 
  • Describe the role of the design process in shaping the built environment and the methods by which design processes integrate multiple factors, in different settings and scales of development, from buildings to cities.  
  • Explore the dynamic between built and natural environments, and leverage ecological, advanced building performance, adaptation, and resilience principles, in their work and advocacy activities to mitigate climate change. 
  • Explain the histories and theories of architecture and urbanism, framed by diverse social, cultural, economic, and political forces, nationally and globally.  
  • Engage and participate in architectural research to test and evaluate innovations in the field.  
  • Exhibit leadership in multidisciplinary teams, diverse stakeholder constituents, and dynamic physical and social contexts, and apply effective collaboration skills to solve complex problems.  
  • Explore and understand diverse cultural and social contexts, and design built environments that equitably support and include people of different backgrounds, resources, and abilities.  
  • Analyze the impact of the built environment on human health, safety, and welfare at multiple scales, from buildings to cities.  
  • Apply and navigate the professional ethics, regulatory requirements, and fundamental business processes relevant to architecture practice in the United States, and the forces influencing change in these subjects.  
  • Apply the fundamental principles of life safety, land use, and compliance with current laws and regulations that apply to buildings and sites in the United States, and engage in the evaluative process architects use to comply with those laws and regulations as part of a project.  
  • Effectively use established and emerging systems, technologies, and assemblies of building construction, and apply methods and criteria to assess those technologies against the design, economics, and performance objectives of projects. 
  • Make design decisions within architectural projects while demonstrating synthesis of user requirements, regulatory requirements, site conditions, and accessible design, and consideration of the measurable environmental impacts of their design decisions.  
  • Make design decisions within architectural projects while demonstrating integration of building envelope systems and assemblies, structural systems, environmental control systems, life safety systems, and the measurable outcomes of building performance.