College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
Master of Architecture
The Master of Architecture program at University of Hartford includes a diverse community of practitioners, teachers, and students dedicated to educating future architectural professionals and growing the knowledge base of the profession.
About the Program
The Master of Architecture program focuses on integrative learning and ensuring that students can approach an architectural project with a surplus of professional and design skills. Our commitment is to engage architecture in its civic, social, and professional realms for the sustainable benefit of the built environment and those who use it. The program emphasizes an integration of design principles, engineering fundamentals, sustainable and resilient strategies, and business understanding with the constant exploration of innovative building and urban design. Studios address history and theory, cultural and environmental analysis, integrative design thinking, interdisciplinary teamwork, and professional presentation.
See below for program details about the Master of Architecture program. See more in the course catalog.
The Master of Architecture program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The University of Hartford's Department of Architecture offers three NAAB-accredited degree program tracks.
- M.Arch Track 1 – 48 graduate credits (3 semesters) with a preprofessional architecture degree from the University of Hartford. Eligible students must complete an additional 16 graduate credits of prerequisite courses as part of their University of Hartford Bachelor of Science degree. Students begin full-time classes in the summer term following senior year and typically finish in 12 months.
- M.Arch Track 2 - 64 graduate credits (4 semesters) with a preprofessional architecture degree. Eligible students must hold a preprofessional architectural bachelor’s degree, such as a BS in Architecture, a BA in Architecture, a BS in Architectural Design + Technology, or BS in Architectural Engineering Technology. Students begin full-time classes in the fall term and typically finish in two academic years.
- M.Arch Track 3 - 113 graduate credits (7 semesters) with any 4-year bachelor’s degree. Eligible students must hold a 120+ credit bachelor’s degree in any field. Students seeking advanced standing must submit a portfolio and have completed eligible prerequisite coursework. Advanced standing is reviewed on an individual basis. Students begin full-time classes in the fall term and typically finish in three academic years (Fall, Spring, Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring).
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The M.Arch program is a full-time program that enrolls students for the Summer (Track 1) or Fall semesters (Track 2 and Track 3). Required architecture classes are typically offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, giving capable students flexibility to pursue part-time employment with local design firms.
Each semester students take four courses including one studio, two required support courses, and one elective. Support courses include Building Systems, Urban Issues, Advanced Structures, Design Theory, Site Planning, Thesis Research, Building Economics, and Professional Practice. Each student must also complete a Master’s Thesis for their final studio course. Please see the course catalog for more information about specific courses in the Track 1 and Track 2 programs. The Track 3 program requires the same 64 credits of coursework as Track 2, plus an additional 49 credits of prerequisite courses including: three design studios, two architectural history classes, three structures courses, and one course each in materials and methods, building control systems, construction documentation, and computer applications.
Students have the opportunity to gain experience outside of the traditional studio setting. Many in our M.Arch program are heavily involved in the Connecticut chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students, and the Construction Institute.
The Department of Architecture offers tuition scholarships and graduate assistantships to entering and returning graduate students on a competitive basis as funds are available. The scholarship awards are presented at the annual Architecture Gala in April co-sponsored by the Department of Architecture, AIA Connecticut, and the Connecticut Architecture Foundation.
With a generous donation from renowned Hartford architect Tai Soo Kim, the Department annually offers an $8,000 traveling fellowship to an individual or group of graduating Master of Architecture students on a competitive basis. This research fellowship allows the student(s) to explore, record, and analyze a foreign location of their choosing based on their own research proposal. Students then present their findings one year after they graduate from the M.Arch program. Past fellows have traveled to Bhutan, Japan, Cambodia, and Europe among other places.
Please see the CETA scholarships page for more specific information about graduate architecture scholarships and graduate assistantships.
Our program has strong ties with the local and regional architecture, construction, and engineering community, fostering learning, networking, and employment opportunities. Our graduates have gone on to work for companies including NBBJ, Payette, SMMA, Amenta Emma Architects, Crosskey Architects, JCJ Architecture, S/L/A/M Collaborative, Tai Soo Kim Partners Studio, Tecton Architects, and Turner Construction.
Student Work Examples
Tim Applebee M’18 was passionate about a significant shift affecting our built environment: the shift away from the energy-intensive, carbon-emitting building materials like concrete and steel toward more sustainable, carbon-storing building materials like engineered wood and cross-laminated timber. During his time as a student at the University of Hartford, he felt supported, challenged, and inspired by many of his Architecture professors.
My professors listened to my ideas and helped me find my voice. Without exception, the faculty supported and critically engaged themselves in my research,” says Applebee. "They asked hard questions and helped me make important connections and decisions. It was great and sometimes truly difficult work, trying to turn a good idea into a better one.
Interested in enrolling in the Master of Architecture program under the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA)? Here is what you need to submit your application.
Study Abroad Opportunities
The Master of Architecture program offers numerous opportunities for study abroad. In the second semester, students take a required travel studio that has visited and studied numerous locations including Cuba, Peru, Germany, Turkey, and Italy. Additionally, the program has an international exchange agreement within Hochsule Wismar in Germany, where many Hartford graduate students have spent a semester studying. Through programs built with adventurous faculty and partner universities, you can explore architecture around the world and study in various exotic locations.