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School of Architecture and Interior Design

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Master of Architecture (M.Arch)

University of Cincinnati’s School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID) graduate degree in architecture is open to students who have already earned a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture (M-Arch II – comprised of 4 academic semesters and 1 semester of co-op experience) as well as those who received undergraduate degree in a subject other than architecture (M-Arch I - comprised of 6 academic semesters and 2 semesters of co-op experiences).

The University of Cincinnati's Master of Architecture is committed to the design and production of buildings that are useful, durable, meaningful, inspiring, and responsibly engaged with their physical, cultural, and social contexts. Architecture is a useful art, a technical craft, and an ethical practice. Cincinnati's professional, design-centered approach encompasses this range of issues, preparing graduates for licensing and a critical engagement with the world of practice. This critical spirit does not simply accept presumptions and practices at face value but examines their provenance and consequences with a wary eye and an open mind.

Co-op (also called professional practice or cooperative education) gives special character to the Master of Architecture program at the University of Cincinnati. Students reinforce their skills in the field through several co-ops.

Degree: MARCH

Full-time program duration: 3.0 Years

Location: West Campus

Contact Information:

College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
School of Architecture & Interior Design
Kim Lawson
School of Architecture and Interior Design
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016
(513) 556-6426

Admission Requirements

The School of Architecture and Interior Design bases admission decisions on a balanced consideration of the following indications of excellence:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a recognized college or university.
  • Unofficial transcript(s) from all colleges/universities attended. Note: Official transcripts are not required during the admissions process, and only unofficial transcripts are required for the application. Applicants should not send official transcripts until they are offered admission. For complete requirements please visit the Graduate School transcript requirements.
  • A portfolio of creative work. The portfolio is an opportunity to demonstrate your imaginative and critical thinking talents. Creativity occurs in all fields so the content does not have to be architectural if your background is in another discipline. Written project statements to accompany visual work are usually very helpful to the committee. Portfolios are submitted through the application process to get accepted. We are no longer accepting hard copies of portfolios.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who are in a position to evaluate your abilities and your potential for success as a graduate student There is no standard form to fill out; instead, based on information you provide in your application recommenders will be emailed instructions on the process for submitting letters of recommendation. 
  • A brief resume of your academic and professional experiences.
    Note: Your resume should indicate both educational and professional accomplishments.
  • A two-page statement of your interest in graduate study in architecture. This should be a concise, articulate presentation of your academic and career goals, and any specific interests you have in architectural topics for graduate research and design. It should reflect your prior intellectual and professional engagement with these issues, and may also provide some additional perspective on the work illustrated in the portfolio.
  • Writing sample of current work.
  • Scores from the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). Successful candidates have earned the following average scores: verbal 153 (prior 500); quantitative 151 (prior 650); analytic 4.5. The ETS University code is 1833. You do not need a department code.


Major Map Versions:
MArch 1 2020 MArch 2 2020


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The architecture program of the University of Cincinnati has been accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) continuously since 1948, and its courses satisfy requirements maintained by various state architectural registration boards. Master's degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. Students with an undergraduate degree in disciplines other than architecture may also seek an accredited master's degree. The professional Master of Architecture degree is recognized as an accredited degree by the NAAB.

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