First professional degree in Architecture.
Accredited by NAAB.
Master of Architecture I
The Master of Architecture I (M.Arch.I), accredited by the NAAB, is the basic professional degree in architecture at UCLA. It is offered to students who want to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to practice architecture professionally. It consists of three years of study, including design studios, required course work, and electives.
From the NAAB
In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a six-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Architecture and Urban Design offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs: M.Arch.I (126 graduate credits)
Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2016
To read more about the NAAB Conditions of Accreditation, please visit:
NAAB Student Performance 2009 Criteria
NAAB Student Performance 2004 Criteria
International Studio for Current Students
3M futureLAB with UCLA is an inter-disciplinary research forum led by Peter Ebner for third year M.Arch. I students that takes place in Munich, Germany. This year Drew Pusey will assist Peter Ebner with the Studio. This studio is an alternative model to the traditional studio, 3M futureLAB functions as a platform at the intersection of architecture, art, and society. Students are asked not only to contribute their own visions for future design potentials, but also to engage with a select group of engineers, artists, manufacturers, writers, and designers from Bavaria and the surrounding region into a discussion about the undiscovered possibilities at the leading-edge of technology, aesthetics, and manufacturing.
In its fourth year, futureLAB will address the topic of ‘density’ in modern Europe as it moves through the first half of the 21st century. Beyond simple population projections, the students will tackle issues such as infrastructure, noise, small-group transportation systems, and alternative modes for residential living. The project will take place in two phases: an urban plan for a site at the terminus of the 91 Autobahn on the west side of Munich, and a 10 unit residential building – prototypical of concepts illustrated at the larger scale.
A.B., B.A., B.S. (including four-year B.A. or B.S. in Architecture)
Nonarchitecture undergraduate degree or, four-year nonprofessional degree in architecture.
Degree Objective on the Application for Graduate Admission (AGA): MAR
The M.Arch.I program accepts applications from those holding Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) comparable in standards and content to a Bachelor's degree from the University of California.
Applications are accepted from students with diverse backgrounds. Although no formal training in architecture is required, first-year classes assume some familiarity with the history and culture of architecture, possession of basic graphic skills, and the understanding of fundamental concepts of mathematics and physics. Applicants are strongly advised to become familiar with basic works in the history and theory of architecture before entering the program.
Entry into the program is therefore conditional on having taken at least one college-level course in each of the following areas:
- Newtonian Physics (minimum grade of “C”)
- Mathematics, covering algebra plus geometry or trigonometry (minimum grade of “C”)
- A survey in the History of Architecture (minimum 1 semester or 2 quarters) that covers antiquity to the present, and (minimum grade of “B”)
- Drawing or basic design (minimum grade of “B”)
For further information on these prerequisites, contact the admissions officer.
The Admissions Committee will consider applications from those who, at the time of application, do not have these prerequisites. If applicants do not have the prerequisites completed, they must specify in their application how they plan to complete the prerequisites before entry into the program. The Student Adviser can provide guidance on how to do so. Some applicants may be required to take a summer studio course at UCLA as a condition of admission. Admission will only be offered on the condition that the applicants provide the Student Adviser with satisfactory evidence of having completed the prerequisites before beginning course work. In addition, the Department of Architecture and Urban Design requires that applicants submit the material outlined under “Admissions” located in the back of this brochure. International students should carefully review the English-language proficiency requirements.
The M.Arch.I program is a full-time program and does not accept part-time students. All new students must enter in the Fall Quarter.
Master of Architecture I (M. Arch I) Typical Study Program†
|411||Introductory Design Studio||6 units|
|220||Introduction to Computers||2 units|
|431||Structures I||4 units|
|436||Introduction to Building Construction||2 units|
|412||Building Design Studio||6 units|
|M201||Theories of Architecture||4 units|
|432||Structures II||4 units|
|401||Technology Core||6 units|
|433||Structures III||4 units|
|442||Building Climatolog||4 units|
|413||Building Design with Landscape Studio||6 units|
|291||Theory of Architectural Programming||4 units|
|414||Major Building Design Studio||6 units|
|441||Environmental Controls||4 units|
|415||Comprehensive Studio||6 units|
|437||Building Construction||4 units|
|461||Professional Practice||4 units|
|401||Advanced Topics Studio||6 units|
|403A||Research Studio Seminar||2 units|
|401||Advanced Topics Studio||6 units|
|403B||Research Studio Seminar||2 units|
|403C||Research Studio||6 units|
† Courses and schedule are subject to change.