The online Advanced Standing master of architecture pathway features the same advanced curriculum as our on-campus program track, but with the added benefit of being able to attend class from wherever you live. You will learn from the same distinguished faculty, who are leaders in both the design and architecture industries.
The Advanced Standing M.Arch. pathway is for students with a bachelor’s degree related to architecture. If you do not have experience in architecture, explore our Standard Admission M.Arch. online pathway.
The Advanced Standing M.Arch. curriculum skips foundational architecture course work and dives right into in-depth topics such as integrated building systems, urban planning, and industrial ecology.
You will also hone skills in your areas of interest through electives and your final thesis. All courses are completed entirely online and are complemented by studio time and in-person, experiential learning.
The curriculum is broken down by the following themes.
Design and Studio: 24 credits
Sustainability: 12 credits (including a sustainability elective)
Building Systems: 12 credits
History and Theory: 6 credits
Research: 9 credits (including the required thesis)
Professional Practice: 3 credits
Global Experience: 0–3 credits (required; included in elective total)
Electives: 12 credits (not including the sustainability elective)
You will complete your studies with a thesis investigation that integrates all of your learning from the program into a research document. You have the option to choose a Research Thesis, a Design Thesis, or a hybrid of the two—the topic is entirely up to you. Previous on-campus student projects include:
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This is an example of a possible schedule and is subject to change.
Architectural Studio I: Site
Integrated Building Systems I
Architectural Studio II: Urban
Integrated Building Systems II
Urban and Regional Planning
Industrial Ecology Fundamentals
Architectural Studio III: Adaptive
Integrated Building Systems III
Sustainable Building Metrics
Architectural Studio IV: Integrative
Integrated Building Systems IV
Research Seminar/Thesis Preparation
Graduate Elective 1
Graduate Elective 2
Graduate Elective 3
Graduate Elective 4
Explore all online M.Arch. courses for the Advanced Standing pathway.
With a subject matter as hands-on as architecture, experiential learning is crucial. In the online master of architecture program track, your city becomes your classroom and you complete in-person learning locally and on the RIT campus.
Visit the experience page to learn how RIT’s online M.Arch. program track brings the curriculum to life.
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