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.
Bowling Green State University’s Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) program is for students who intend to become licensed architects. The two-year professional Master of Architecture builds on the four-year pre-professional B.S. in Architecture degree currently in operation—or its equivalent from other institutions.
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 abilities. The M.Arch. Program capitalizes on this pedagogical tendency.
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 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. A GRE is not required for admission.
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
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.