The Master of Architecture graduate program brings together the foundations and professional issues of architecture in a challenging, rigorous, and collaborative environment. With opportunities to design both collaboratively and independently, you’ll achieve an understanding of yourself as an emerging professional.
In the Master of Architecture program at UL Lafayette, we have an intense focus on community outreach and topic-based studios. Our faculty are devoted to your professional preparation, and that means bringing great design to the Acadiana community and beyond.
In our Master of Architecture studios, you’ll have the option to:
- gain hands-on experience helping cities, small towns, and neighborhoods visualize their potential as communities;
- design and build sustainable, market-rate homes; and
- work in the Louisiana coastal territory to reduce environmental vulnerability, enhance ecosystem resilience, and promote cultural sustainability.
Three Ways to Earn Your Master's in Architecture
With three tracks available, a Master of Architecture degree is attainable for just about everyone, whether you’ve studied architecture previously or recently chose this career path.
We work with each student individually to evaluate the credits you earned for your undergraduate degree, and then determine which prerequisite classes you’ll need to take alongside your Master of Architecture courses.
Track A: Master of Architecture with a Pre-Professional Degree
If you've already earned your undergraduate degree in architectural studies from UL Lafayette or another university, you must complete 45 graduate credit hours to earn your master’s in architecture here.
If you’ve already earned a 5-year NAAB-accredited undergraduate architecture degree, you’ll need to complete 33 credit hours to earn your master’s in architecture.
Track B: Master of Architecture with a Degree in Another Field
Even if you don’t have an undergraduate degree in architecture, you can earn your Master of Architecture at UL Lafayette.
The master’s in architecture, if you don’t have an undergraduate degree in architecture, requires that you take 90 credit hours of coursework. After your undergraduate transcript is evaluated, you and your advisor will work closely to determine which undergraduate courses you’ll need to take alongside your graduate courses.
Track B with Advanced Standing
You may be awarded advanced standing in Track B if you have a degree in a field related to architecture.
If your undergraduate degree is in a field like interior design or building science, you can earn your Master of Architecture after completing 75 credit hours of coursework. You’ll get to work closely with your advisor to determine what undergraduate courses you’ll need to take alongside your graduate courses to make sure you learn everything you need.
Apply to the Master's in Architecture Program
All students interested in applying for the Master of Architecture degree must apply through the UL Lafayette Graduate School. Along with the required Graduate School application materials, you’ll need to submit a portfolio of your work with your application.
Paying for your Master's in Architecture Degree
Some of our architecture graduate students receive a graduate assistantship to help them pay for their school costs. Graduate assistants typically work 20 hours a week in exchange for a tuition and fee waiver and a monthly stipend. Assistantships also help our Master of Architecture students gain professional skills and experience that benefit their work in an architecture firm after graduation.
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