Degree Programs

Four distinct graduate programs: two professional, and two academic degrees.

The UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design offers four distinct graduate degrees, two professional and two academic. The Master of Architecture I (M.Arch.I) degree is a three-year professional program that provides a comprehensive education in Architecture. The M.Arch.I program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). M.Arch.I students may also complete a concurrent degree with Urban Planning. The one-year Master of Architecture II (M.Arch.II) degree provides a second, advanced professional degree combining theoretical studies and practical applications in specialized areas. Students enrolling in the M.Arch.II program usually hold a professional five-year undergraduate degree in architecture or the equivalent. 

Academic degrees offered by the Department include the two-year Master of Arts (M.A.) degree, which prepares students for research and teaching in fields related to architecture and urban design. The Ph.D. is an advanced research degree organized around the interests of the faculty. The length of time to completion averages six years of study. 

Within these degree options there are various areas of concentration: design, technology, and critical studies in architectural culture. The Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees best accommodate specialization in the academic aspects of the architectural discipline. 

UCLA now offers an undergraduate degree (BA in Architectural Studies). The B.A. in Architectural Studies is a two-year major that begins in the junior year of residence. The sequence of courses designed for this degree meets two objectives. The first provides an understanding of architecture and urban design as a humanist discipline, which engages cultural and social studies, and the history of architecture and cities.  The second provides—at the same time for those interested students—a preparation for accelerated graduate professional studies.

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