Master of Architecture (MArch)
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Master of Architecture (MArch)

Graduate Program Director: Seth Holmes


  • Collaborative, multidisciplinary program combining theory and practice.

  • Relates to the University’s mission of “public purpose” in civic, social, and professional realms.

The Department of Architecture at the University of Hartford is a diverse community of practitioners, teachers, and students dedicated to educating future architectural professionals and growing the knowledge base of the profession. Our commitment is to engage architecture in its civic, social, and professional realms for the ultimate benefit of the built environment and those who use it.


Architectural education prepares students for a variety of professional careers in the design and construction industries. The program emphasizes an integration of artistic principles, engineering fundamentals, and business understanding with the constant exploration of innovative design. For students who want to broaden their education at the graduate level, the architecture program offers several combined or dual degree programs in conjunction with other graduate programs at the University, including the M.B.A. (Barney School of Business), the M.F.A. (Hartford Art School), and the M.Eng.

MIT, Cambridge, MA 2014

The challenge in Architecture graduate programs is to ensure that integrative learning takes place, that students can approach an architectural project with an armament of skills beyond design. Our design studio curriculum addresses:

  • history and theory

  • critical thinking

  • problem definition

  • creativity and design

  • problem solving

  • documentation skills

  • presentation skills

  • cross-disciplinary teamwork


Studying Architecture and Planning

To further address cross-disciplinary and integrated development, the architecture department supports several combined or dual degree programs of study in conjunction with other University graduate programs
in business, engineering, and art.


Graduate Students Winter School 2012

In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. Regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The University of Hartford's Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program.

MArch (preprofessional degree + 64 graduate credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2025

Master of Architecture (MArch) Courses

naabThe Master of Architecture program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)