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Architecture | Master of Architecture

The BGSU Master of Architecture degree pursues the convergence of technical and liberal arts to inspire and empower students like you to enhance the built environment.

Bowling Green State University’s Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) program is for students who intend to become licensed architects. The two-year, professional M.Arch. degree builds on the four-year pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree currently in operation – or its equivalent from other institutions.

Expanding the what is possible within the built environment

The graduate architecture curriculum immerses students in rigorous coursework and hands-on experience in designing, researching, and developing architectural composition and then applying those learned skills in professional practice.  

This curriculum is ideal for individuals with a strong interest in expanding their entrepreneurial perspectives in anticipation of their future roles in a rapidly changing professional climate.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Integrated Building Design
  • Sustainable Systems
  • Professional Practice
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Innovation by Design
  • Design Research

In 2019, the BGSU architecture program was listed by DesignIntelligence (DI) in the “Top Ten Architecture Programs Most Hired From.”

Admissions criteria

The BGSU Master of Architecture program is for students who have met the admission standards and hold four-year Bachelor of Science degrees with a major in architecture from BGSU or an equivalent pre-professional degree from a domestic or international institution recognized by BGSU.

  • A minimum GPA of a 3.0
  • Three letters of recommendation from previous professors or employers
  • Statement of Intent
  • Electronic portfolio


The BGSU master of architecture curriculum immerses you in rigorous coursework and hands-on experience of the entire design process. Design is explored through topical investigation and studio projects that address diverse cultural, social, behavioral and physical needs and problems.

Graduate architecture students research and develop architectural compositions in response to challenging solo and group project briefs. Students apply those skills in professional practice scenarios.  

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.

Go Far in your career

  • Architect
  • Urban Design
  • Environmental Architect
  • Building Technologist
  • Digital Architecture
  • AR/VR Architect

Graduate Design Studio I, II, III, IV (27 hrs)

Design Studio covers design process fundamentals, integration of passive and sustainable technologies, structural systems and materials exploration. The Design Studio culminates in the thesis studio project.  

Professional (9 hrs)

ARCH 6530 - Codes and Regulations

ARCH 6610 - Professional Practice/Entrepreneurship

ARCH 6620 - Business Innovation by Design

Technology (3 hrs)

ARCH 6510 - Sustainability Systems

Theory (3 hrs)

ARCH 6800 - Seminar in Architecture and Design

Electives (10 hrs)

Elective #1 (By Advisement)

Elective #2 (By Advisement)

Elective #3 (By Advisement)

ARCH 6630 Applied Entrepreneurship (or) Any 1 Credit-hour Elective Course


A career in architecture offers many new avenues to explore designing the built environment. The BGSU M.Arch continues to be excellent preparation for the next stage of professional licensure.  

The BGSU architecture masters program is NAAB Accredited and the faculty have experience with the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®) and insight to help you with the Architect Registration Examination®.

The program offers a network of alumni across every professional branch of architecture and the built environment, award-winning students and faculty and deep ties to AIA and local design communities.

Among the faculty are book authors, distinguished chairs, best paper writers and expert practitioners.

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

More information on accreditation

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. See NAAB accreditation for more information

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact

Updated: 02/03/2023 09:22AM