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. See the School of Architecture website for the most up to date application requirements.

  • 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 each individual degree program.
  • 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 ensure each student understands and fulfills the program and course sequence requirements. The advisor will also provide guidance regarding elective selections.
  • Students who choose to leave the program before completing the requirements for the joint degree may receive either the MArch or the MAD-Crit degree if the requirements for one of the individual degrees have been met.
  • The application deadline for this program is earlier than the Graduate College deadline; for information about current deadlines, please see the School of Architecture website. 

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 Title
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
Design Development
Topic Studio
Research Studio
Architectural Structures I
Architectural Structures II
Topics in Architectural Technology
Professional Practices
Course Title
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
Course Title
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 Submission
An annual portfolio review occurs during the spring semester of each academic year. The submission of a satisfactory portfolio in each year is a degree requirement.
  • Comprehensive Examination:  None
  • Thesis, Project, or Course Work-Only Options: Course work only