Graduate Program Architecture


Architecture Master's Degree Overview

We offer two Master of Architecture degree options — a two-year Master of Architecture, for those with a four-year-pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture, and a three-year Master of Architecture, for those who hold an undergraduate degree in any discipline. These two programs provide an educational experience rooted in the poetics of materials and the communication of cultural meaning, speculations on the pleasures and dilemmas of contemporary city dwelling, and the potential of architecture to promote social transformation for the common good.

The M.Arch incorporates a series of design studios taken alongside courses in advanced technology, theory, and the profession, followed by a year-long individual design thesis project. The M.Arch is a two-year professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

Degree Details

  • M
    On campus
    Time to completion
    Two years
    Total Credits
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  • M
    On campus
    Time to completion
    Three years
    Total Credits
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Architecture Master's Degree: Why PSU?

Located in Portland's busy city center, the School of Architecture is housed in Shattuck Hall, an elegant 1915 elementary school building transformed into a dynamic contemporary learning environment. here, our students are immersed in a sequence of thematic design projects, exploring ideas through diverse media, making drawings and models, and fabricating full-size artifacts. Our full-time faculty and adjunct professors are drawn from the vibrant Portland design community. All faculty are involved in design, research, creative work, and/or practice. Our close connections to the Pacific Northwest architecture and design community give our students many chances to interact with professionals in the field, often leading to work opportunities in local firms.

Over 80% of our M.Arch alumni are employed in the field of architecture or design.

What can I do with a Masters's degree in Architecture?

Students graduating with a Master of Architecture typically become licensed architects, through the licensing process described by NCARB.

Other career paths include urban planning, urban design, project management, architectural design, retail design, exhibition design, graphic design, public interest design, and more.

Featured Courses

  • ARCH 530 Contemporary Architectural Theory
  • ARCH 540 Professional Practice
  • ARCH 560 Advanced Architectural Technology
  • ARCH 580 Architectural Design Studio 7
  • ARCH 581 Architectural Design Studio 8
  • ARCH 582 Architectural Design Studio 9
  • ARCH 511 Pro-Thesis Seminar
  • ARCH 584 Design Development Studio
  • ARCH 585 Design Thesis
  • ARCH 586 Integrated Systems


  • ARCH 521 Urban Design Methods
  • ARCH 522 Architectural Graphics and Media
  • ARCH 523 Advanced Architectural Graphics and Media
  • ARCH 531 Studies in Contemporary Urban Design
  • ARCH 532 History and Theory of Urban Design
  • ARCH 533 Contemporary Issues Seminar
  • ARCH 534 Topics in Architectural History and Theory
  • ARCH 541 Practicum and Internship
  • ARCH 542 Building Economics
  • ARCH 543 Topics in Professional Practice
  • ARCH 562 Advanced Architectural Materials


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

The two-year Master of Architecture program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.