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. 

Statement on Status of Accreditation of the BGSU Professional M. Arch Degree


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.

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. A GRE is not required for admission.

Apply to the M.Arch. Program

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

(27 Semester Hours)

ARCH 6210: Graduate Design Studio 1 (6 credits)

ARCH 6220: Graduate Design Studio 2 (6 credits)  (Sustainability Integration)

ARCH 6310: Graduate Design Studio 3 (6 credits) (Structural/Methods and Material System Integration)

ARCH 6320: Graduate Design Studio (9 credits)       (Thesis Studio)

(7 Semester hours)

ARCH 6610: Professional Practice/Entrepreneurship
(3 credits)

ARCH 6620: Business Innovation by Design
(3 credits)

ARCH 6630: Applied Entrepreneurship
(1 credit)

(6 Semester Hours)

ARCH 6510: Sustainable Systems (3 credits)

ARCH 6520: Advanced Structures/Methods
(3 credits)

(6 Semester hours, MBA by advising)

Accounting MBA 6000
Ethics MBA 6070

Supply Chain MBA 6040
Finance MBA 6060*
Leadership MBA 6080

*MBA 6000 is a prerequisite for MBA 6060

(6 Semester Hours)

ARCH 6800: Seminar in Architecture and Design
(3 credits)

Free Elective (3 credits)


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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the graduate degree, students in Architecture are expected to be able to:

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to build abstract relationships and understand the impact of ideas based on the study and analysis of multiple theoretical, social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental contexts. In addition, students will demonstrate the ability to use a diverse range of skills to think about and convey architectural ideas, including writing, investigating, speaking, drawing, and modeling. Note: This LO is categorized under NAAB Realm A: Critical Thinking and Representation.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to comprehend the technical aspects of design, systems, and materials and be able to apply that comprehension to architectural solutions. In addition, the impact of such decisions on the environment must be well considered. Note: This LO is categorized under NAAB Realm B: Building Practices, Technical Skills, and Knowledge.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to synthesize a wide range of variables into an integrated design solution. Note: This LO is categorized under NAAB Realm C: Integrated Architectural Solutions.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of business principles for the practice of architecture, including management, advocacy, and the need to act legally, ethically, and critically for the good of the client, society, and the public. Note: This LO is categorized under NAAB Realm D: Professional Practice.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review

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.

The Department of Architecture and Environmental Design is in candidacy for accreditation by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Professional Licensure (If applicable)

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. The Master in Architecture leads to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Master in Architecture program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.