Master of Architecture

The BGSU Architecture program pursues the convergence of technical and liberal arts to inspire and empower students to enhance the built environment.


@2013 Toledo American Institute of Architects (AIA) Senior Architecture Award, Frist Prize Arham Siddiqui

The M. Arch program at BGSU Department of Architecture and Environmental Design is a two-year professional degree requiring the completion of 52 semester credit hours.  To maintain pedagogies that balance student knowledge and skill development with the cultivation of professional values and leadership abilities, the curriculum treats all facets of architecture including theory, design, technology, communications, and practice.  The program revolves around the technical explorations of materials, structure, and sustainability in the context of the technical design and around the historical, urban, and preservation paradigms of buildings and cities.  These concentrations integrate with entrepreneurial theories and strategies as a medium to advancing architectural design and practice.  A Professional Practice/Entrepreneurship core of courses, including Applied Entrepreneurship internship and a Business Core of courses from the College of Business coalesce to buttress this unique feature of the M. Arch program.  The focus on entrepreneurial practice requires an internship in an organization with significant ongoing entrepreneurial initiatives.  This feature makes the M. Arch program also relevant to students who have a strong interest in expanding their entrepreneurial perspectives in anticipation of future roles in a rapidly changing professional climate.  ​

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In keeping with Bowling Green State University’s vision of becoming a premiere learning community, the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design takes a quality-driven approach to education and strives to maintain a pedagogical approach that balances the development of student knowledge and skills with the cultivation of professional values and leadership abilitiesThe M.Arch. Program capitalizes on this pedagogical tendency.

Seamless Education

The Department’s pedagogical conviction treats all facets of architecture including theory, design, technology, communications, and practice as comparable parts of the discipline.  Infusing seamlessly   throughout the professional education—the undergraduate and graduate segments—this broad-based inquiry conviction benefits not only the students, but also the institution, the community, and the profession.

The Degree

The Master of Architecture is a professional degree (a minimum 52 semester hours of credit) program that revolves around the concentrations of digital media in design and practice, urban and community design, and architectural history and historic preservation. These concentrations integrate entrepreneurial theories and strategies to advance architectural design and practice. An important feature of the program is the Applied Entrepreneurship which requires an internship in an organization with significant ongoing entrepreneurial initiatives.


The BGSU Master of Architecture program is for students holding a four-year Bachelor of Science degree with a major in architecture or an equivalent pre-professional degree from a domestic or international institution recognized by BGSU.

Those holding a degree in any field other than architecture may be admitted to the Master of Architecture program with limited standing until specific prerequisite courses have been completed.

In addition to your application to the Graduate College, you must submit a portfolio of current work and additional materials to the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design.

Applying to the Graduate School

Application for Graduate Assistantship

Applying to the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design   

The Curriculum  

The graduate architecture curriculum immerses students in rigorous coursework and hands-on experience in designing, researching, developing architectural composition and applying those learned skills in professional practice. This curriculum is ideal for individuals with a strong interest to expand their entrepreneurial perspectives in anticipation of their future roles in a rapidly changing professional climate.

The BGSU’s M.Arch. Degree candidates fulfill the five core requirements of the graduate curriculum by completing 52 graduate credit hours distributed in the following areas.

  • Design Studio (four)
  • Professional Practice
  • Building Technologies
  • History/Theory
  • Business


The faculty members are of a mix of ranks from professor to instructor.  The academic and professional credentials of the six full-time members combine four doctorates, two masters, and three architectural licenses.  Among the faculty are book authors, distinguished chairs, best paper writers, and expert practitioners.  While the Department’s plan calls for recruiting additional faculty, a core of practicing professionals provides adjunct support for the Program.


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 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and 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 pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program should be accredited within 6 years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented. In order to meet the education requirement set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for an NCARB Certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation. However, meeting the education requirement for the NCARB Certificate may not be equivalent to meeting the education requirement for registration in a specific jurisdiction. Please contact NCARB for more information.