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2023-2024 General Catalog 
2023-2024 General Catalog

4+3.5 Path, M.Arch.

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Master of Architecture

Program Description

The Master of Architecture is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The successful completion of the requirements of this degree qualifies graduates to pursue licensure as a registered professional architect. The Master of Architecture program is intended to prepare students for leadership roles in a rapidly changing profession. Since its inception, the school has consistently recognized the diverse sets of roles graduates may play in the profession. Emphasis is upon student freedom to pursue an investigation of personal interest. This consists of in-depth inquiry into diverse architectural and urban issues and understanding architecture’s capability to act as an agent of intervention.

Degree Paths

Two distinct paths to the professional Master of Architecture degree are available:


The 4+2 Master of Architecture path is designed for students who have completed the equivalent of the FAMU Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies. It constitutes advanced standing in the program, requires a two-year term of study, and leads to a NAAB professionally-accredited Master of Architecture degree.

This course of study is for the student who wishes to enhance his/her personal approach to making architecture and to build upon the skills and knowledge gained in their undergraduate degree. The general profile of a candidate is someone who has had a successful undergraduate career, has an excellent portfolio of work, and is willing to commit the time and energy necessary to be successful in this rigorous program.


The 4 + 3.5 Master of Architecture path is designed for graduates who have earned a four-year non-architectural bachelor’s degree. It constitutes a three-and-a-half-year term of study and leads to a professional Master of Architecture degree. This course of study is meant to serve not only the recent graduate but also to provide an educational opportunity for those desiring a career change.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the graduate programs, applicants must meet the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at Florida A&M as well as those of the School of Architecture & Engineering Technology. For requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, see that section of this Catalog. Requirements are as follows:

  1. Required previous degree and education background:
    1. Master of Architecture Degree: an undergraduate degree. The field of the degree helps determine the number of credit hours required for the M.Arch. degree.
    2. Master of Science in Architecture Degree-Facility Management: graduates of an undergraduate degree.
  2. Admission requirements for all applicants are:
    1. GRE score and 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours
    2. An Intent Statement indicating the degree program to which applicant is applying; include educational and career background, goals, and reasons for selecting the degree program.
    3. A résumé
    4. A portfolio of recent academic design work (4+2 path only).
    5. Three letters of reference from people who can speak knowledgeably about the quality of the applicant’s recent work.
    6. A completed FAMU graduate application with transcript.

Year One

Year Two

Year 3


Total: 12


Total: 12

Total: 91

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