Online Master of Architecture

The online master’s in architecture explores the theory and practice of how buildings are designed and put together. You’ll gain professional experience and discover how to use architecture to enhance the lives of people and the natural environment.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 08/19/2021


Total classes: 12

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 48

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Master architecture skills, completely online

The master’s in architecture degree covers all aspects of architecture from theory and research to practice and design. The program focuses on developing your professional skills and social awareness. This knowledge will enable you to design buildings that improve contemporary life and remain an enduring expression of society.

The flexible curriculum offers two tracks to accommodate students of varying experience. The two-year track is for students who have an undergraduate degree in architecture. The three-year track is for students whose undergraduate degree is in a discipline other than architecture. Both tracks are completely online and focus on developing the same set of skills and knowledge.

Is an online master’s in architecture different from in-person?

 

Arizona State University is the most recognized institution to offer an online degree in architecture. It’s also one of only five online programs in the nation to be accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board. This means the degree meets the board’s educational standards and can lead to licensure as a professional architect. As an online student at ASU, you’ll learn from the same award-winning faculty and earn the same degree as in-person students.

What skills and experience do I earn in this master’s program?

 

The ASU Online architecture program integrates theory and practice so you’ll gain a broad-based understanding of all aspects of architecture. This means you’ll not only learn about the design of buildings but also their construction. You’ll gain an understanding of how to draw and draft buildings in addition to learning how electricity, plumbing and other components work. You’ll develop skills and knowledge in design, spatial awareness, construction and visual communication.

Graduate courses in architecture

The master's degree in architecture includes a variety of course types. Some courses focus on history and research while others allow you to apply your knowledge in hands-on projects. Representation courses will teach necessary software programs including Rhino, Revit, the Adobe Suite and Grasshopper. Studio courses provide opportunities for you to design buildings and receive feedback. Three-year students start in first and second level courses such as studio 1, while two-year students start in advanced courses such as studio 3.


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Representation 1


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Technology 2


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History 1


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History 2


What can I do with a master’s in architecture?

The graduate architecture degree will prepare you to work as an architect or in a related field such as construction management or urban design. Past ASU graduates have gone on to become renowned architects in Phoenix and around the world. Alumni have contributed to the design of the Ralph Lauren flagship store, Heard Museum, San Antonio Botanical Garden and other major projects.

Architect

BIM manager

Construction manager

Developer

Energy modeler

Facilities manager

Regional planner

Urban planner

Learn from world-class faculty

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is home to world-class scholars, artists and designers who inspire students to shape the future. Our faculty’s research is grounded in the transformative power of art and its ability to change the world. Faculty research areas include:

  • Arts and design for social justice.
  • Arts, education and arts-integrated education.
  • Arts, entrepreneurship and cultural policy.
  • Community engagement and public policy.
  • Creative health collaborations.
  • Design, arts, science and engineering.
  • The study of creative work.

Learn from world-class faculty

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is home to world-class scholars, artists and designers who inspire students to shape the future. Our faculty’s research is grounded in the transformative power of art and its ability to change the world. Faculty research areas include:

  • Arts and design for social justice.
  • Arts, education and arts-integrated education.
  • Arts, entrepreneurship and cultural policy.
  • Community engagement and public policy.
  • Creative health collaborations.
  • Design, arts, science and engineering.
  • The study of creative work.

Prerequisites for a master in architecture

Applicants to the master’s in architecture program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Application requirements

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Join the School of Design at ASU

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts has a tradition of top-ranked undergraduate and graduate programs from a combination of disciplines. These range from the arts, media and engineering to film, dance and theatre. The institute trains artists and designers to leverage their creativity and problem solving to advance culture, build community and transform society.

5300+


students.

400


internationally recognized faculty members.

125


programs in arts, media and engineering, design, film, dance and theatre, and music.

Top 20


among fine arts schools in the nation, ahead of Cornell University, Parsons School of Design and the University of California.

Tuition calculator

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