Master of Architecture/MA in Design Criticism Joint Program

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work must be submitted. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the program requirements as listed below. For more information on the School of Architecture application instructions, please be sure to carefully review: http://arch.uic.edu/graduate-admissions.

  • To apply directly to the joint program, students must apply to each of the individual degree programs separately, noting that they are applying to the joint program. To be admitted to the joint program, a student must meet the admission requirements for both individual degree programs.
  • To transfer into the joint program from the MArch, students who enter the three-year MArch program and later decide to transfer into the joint program may do so before entering their second year of study if they meet the admission requirements of the MAD-Crit program.
  • Students in the joint program will be advised by the School of Architecture Graduate Academic Advisor, who will assist the student and ensure that the students understand the program requirements and course sequence requirements as well as advise on elective options.
  • To leave the program before the requirements for the joint degree are complete, students who leave after completing the necessary hours for only one of the degrees, either the MArch or MAD-Crit, will receive the former degree.
  • Deadlines The application deadline for this program is earlier than the Graduate College deadline; for information on current deadlines, please see: http://arch.uic.edu/graduate-admissions.

Degree Requirements

The requirements for the degree vary according to the student’s previous studies and level of preparation. The Graduate Admissions Committee of the school will specify, at the time of admission, the program to which each student has been accepted. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 128.
  • Course Work
MArch Core Courses (72 hours)
Architectural Technology I
Architectural Technology II
Architectural Technology III
Architectural Technology IV
Architectural Design I
Architectural Design II
Architectural Design III
Architectural Design IV
Topic Studio
Research Studio
Architectural Structures I
Architectural Structures II
Topics in Architectural Technology
Professional Practices
MAD-Crit Core Courses (24 hours)
Pro-seminar I: Design Criticism
Pro-seminar II: Publication and Graphic Argumentation
Writing Tutorial I
Writing Tutorial II
Topics in Architectural Theory and History
400- or 500-level approved elective
Shared Requirements for MArch and MAD-Crit (32 hours)
Architectural Theory and History I
Architectural Theory and History II
Architectural Theory and History III
Architectural Theory and History IV
Research Seminar
Topics in Architectural Theory and History
400- or 500-level approved elective in Art History
400- or 500-level approved elective
Portfolio review occurs during the first week of the spring term.