The online Standard 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 Standard M.Arch. pathway is for students with little to no background in architecture. If you have a bachelor’s degree related to architecture, explore our Advanced Standing M.Arch. online pathway.
Through the curriculum, you will advance your foundational knowledge of architecture in core courses, hone skills in your areas of interest through electives, and apply your learning during hands-on experiences as well as in your final thesis.
During the first year of the Standard Admission pathway, you will develop an understanding of the basics of architecture in foundation courses. After completing foundation courses, you will take a more in-depth look at architecture, exploring topics such as architectural theory, integrated building systems, urban planning, and industrial ecology.
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: 36 credits
Representation: 6 credits
Sustainability: 12 credits (including a sustainability elective)
Building Systems: 15 credits
History and Theory: 12 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 design- or research-based 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:
Request information to learn more about the online M.Arch. program.
This is an example of a possible schedule and is subject to change.
Architectural Representation I
Architectural Representation II
Architectural History I
Fundamentals of Building Systems
Architectural Design I
Architectural Design II
Architectural History II
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 Standard Admission 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.
Fill out the form to learn more about RIT’s hands-on education.