University of South Florida

School of Architecture & Community Design

USF College of The Arts

M.Arch. 54 Credit Hour Core Curriculum

Students with a four-year pre-professional degree in architecture must complete a minimum of 54 credit hours in the Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) graduate program.

The total required credit hours and courses is determined on an individual basis and are dependent upon the school's review of the student's individual portfolio and undergraduate transcript upon application for admission.

Example 2-Year Curriculum

Year 1

Semester 1 (Total 15 credit hours)
Course Credits
ARC 5365 Advanced Design B 6
ARC 6481 Design Development 3
ARC 6398 Intro to Community and Urban Design 3
ARC Elective 1 3
Semester 2 (Total 14 credit hours)
Course Credits
ARC 5366 Advanced Design C 6
ARC 6936 Research Methods 2
ARC Elective 2 3
ARC Elective 3 3
Summer 1 (Total 6 credit hours)
Course Credits
Study Abroad Studio 6

Year 2

Semester 3 (Total 14 credit hours)
Course Credits
ARC 6974 Master's Planning Project 2
ARC 6287 Professional Practice I 3
ARC 6367 Advanced Design D 6
ARC Elective 4 3
Semester 4 (Total 11 credit hours)
Course Credits
ARC 6976 Master's Project II 5
ARC 6288 Prof. Practice II 3
ARC Elective 5 3


  • Students must complete 15 credit hours of electives.
  • Up to four graduate-level courses may be waived if the student earned an "A" or "B" grade in an equivalent course, Architectural History I or II, Structures I and Design Theory.
  • Course offerings for summer semester: Electives, Design Development, Research Methods, and Study Abroad Studios for either Advanced Design A or C.
  • Please see Pre-requisite Requirement for course pre-requisites.
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