Online M.Arch. Courses

Below are the course descriptions for the online master of architecture program. To view sample course schedules for the different M.Arch. tracks, visit the Standard Pathway page or Advanced Standing Pathway page.

Foundational Courses

The following courses will be completed by Standard Pathway students only.

Architectural Representation I

3 credits

Introduction to the range of architectural representation skills necessary to effectively document basic architectural form and space. The focus will be on manual skill development.

Architectural Representation II

3 credits

Introduction to the range of architectural representation skills necessary to effectively document basic architectural form and space. The focus will be on digital skill development.

Architectural History I

3 credits

Students study global architecture from pre-history to the 15th century, including form, technology, urban context, and how architecture reflects social, cultural, and political concerns. 

Architectural Design I

6 credits

Exploration of basic architectural space and form through studio design problems. Problems require understanding of elements such as spatial relationships, circulation, light, and orientation. 

Fundamentals of Building Systems

3 credits

Students will receive an overview of the various passive and active architectural and engineering systems that comprise a building project while focusing on wood frame construction.

Architectural History II

3 credits

Students study global architecture from the 15th to the 21st century, including form, technology, urban context, and how architecture reflects social, cultural, and political concerns.

Architectural Design II

6 credits

Students will analyze and solve building-based architectural design problems, with a focus on residential design and other wood-based structures.

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Advanced Courses

Advanced Standing students will begin their studies here.

Architectural Studio I: Site

6 credits

Investigation of the interconnection between architecture and the site as well as natural and man-made constraints. Basic landscape architecture topics will also be introduced.

Integrated Building Systems I

3 credits

A study of architectural materials and systems that comprise a building project’s site work including civil engineering and landscaping, water management, soils/substructure, and exterior lighting.

Understanding Sustainability

3 credits

Students will study the interaction between industrial, environmental/ecological, and social systems in the built environment by introduction of systems thinking and the multiple disciplines comprising sustainability.

Architectural Studio II: Urban

6 credits

Investigation of architectural design as a response to the modern urban context. This includes an understanding of urban design and planning, as well as community involvement.

Integrated Building Systems II

3 credits

A study of building envelopes and structural systems of non-residential buildings and their overall performance. Structural inquiry will fully cover the field of statics.

Urban and Regional Planning

3 credits

This course immerses students in the field of urban and regional planning by studying and actively engaging in the planning process through projects with community agencies. 

Architectural Theory

3 credits

A survey of architectural theory and criticism with emphasis on contemporary architecture. Students will investigate, learn, and apply critical thinking, as well as communicate it to others. 

Industrial Ecology Fundamentals

3 credits

Students will learn how to assess the impact and interrelations of built environments on the natural environment by utilizing life cycle assessment tools and principles of sustainability.

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Architectural Studio III: Adaptive

6 credits

This course examines the adaptive reuse of existing buildings, with implicit exposure to the basics of historic preservation.

Integrated Building Systems III

3 credits

Interior building components will be studied from subdivision of space to selection of finishes as related to building code regulations. Structural inquiry will continue with strength of materials.

Sustainable Building Metrics

3 credits

The measurement science, performance metrics, assessment tools, and fundamental data critical for the development and implementation of building systems associated with life cycle operation of buildings while maintaining a healthy indoor environment. 

Architectural Studio IV: Integrative

6 credits

This studio provides the opportunity for students to execute a comprehensive and integrative project, from schematic design through design development.

Integrated Building Systems IV

3 credits

Building environmental systems, acoustics, and illumination will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on natural illumination and reducing dependence on mechanical means of achieving human comfort.

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Research Seminar/Thesis Preparation

3 credits

Students frame individual thesis proposals through various research approaches, critical readings, presentations, and examinations of architecture: physicality, socially, culturally, historically and technologically.

Professional Practice

3 credits

Students will study the roles of stakeholders involved in architecture within the context of project management and business practices, including legal responsibilities and professional ethics.


6 credits

Students will propose, design, and defend an architectural design or research problem, while working closely with a selected faculty committee.

Global Experience

0–3 credits

An immersive experience outside the student’s home culture whereby architecture is studied as the outcome of historic, social, cultural, religious, and physical factors.


0 credits

This course requires a minimum of 350 hours of work experience in the field.


12 credits

Electives will follow architectural themes, and provide students with options to focus on and strengthen knowledge in topical areas.

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