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Degrees

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 pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree. The University of New Mexico offers pre-professional (undergraduate), professional (graduate), and non-professional (graduate) degrees. 

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (BAA)

The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (BAA) program has two concentrations:

Pre-Professional Architecture Concentration: this prepares students for a two-year professionally accredited Master of Architecture (MArch) degree. This is the concentration for those that know they want to become a licensed architect.

Pre-Professional Architecture Concentration Degree Curriculum 

Design Studies Concentration: this is a more flexible path, and allows students to select many of their courses starting in the third year.  It can help prepare graduates for a career or a graduate degree in a related discipline, such as digital media, fabrication, landscape architecture, interior design, real estate development, industrial design, animation, urban design, construction management, etc.

Design Studies Degree Curriculum 

For questions please contact Angela Pacheco, the Undergraduate Advisor, delong@unm.edu, phone:  505-277-4847. Click here to download the official Degree Program brochure.

Master of Architecture (M Arch)

The University of New Mexico offers three programs of study that lead to the nationally-accredited first professional degree, Master of Architecture: 

Master of Architecture, Track 2: 
This program is for students with a pre-professional undergraduate architecture degree, (typically a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Architecture) and sufficient coursework to fulfill the Path 2 prerequisites.

  • 6 architectural design studios, five or six credits each
  • 3 architectural history or architectural theory courses
  • 1 or 2 courses addressing passive design or environmental systems
  • 1 or 2 structures courses, addressing statics, mechanics of materials, structural analysis, and the design and behavior of basic structural elements and systems
  • 1 course addressing construction materials and assembly / construction methods

Track 2 takes four semesters to complete. UNM Bachelors of Arts in Architecture (BAA) students with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 overall and also in studio courses are automatically admitted to Track 2.
Master of Architecture Degree Curriculum, 2 Year Track

Master of Architecture, Track 2.5:
This program is for students with a pre-professional undergraduate architecture degree, and sufficient coursework to fulfill the Track 2.5 prerequisites.

  • 4 architectural design studios, five or six credits each
  • 2 architectural history or architectural theory courses
  • 1 course addressing passive design or environmental systems
  • 1 structures course, addressing statics, mechanics of materials, structural analysis, and the design and behavior of basic structural elements and systems
  • 1 course addressing construction materials and assembly / construction methods

Track 2.5 takes two and a half years to complete, or two academic years plus a summer.
Master of Architecture Degree Curriculum, 2.5 Year Track

Master of Architecture, Track 3: 
This program is intended for anyone that already holds an undergraduate degree in any discipline, and also for students that have an undergraduate degree in architecture or environmental design, but not enough coursework to apply for Track 2.5 or Track 2 programs. Track 3 program students come from a variety of backgrounds including art history, biology, economics, engineering, political science, etc. 

Track 3 takes three academic years to complete, plus a summer program prior to the first year. 
Master of Architecture Degree Curriculum, 3 Year Track 

Questions should be directed to Beth Rowe, the Graduate Advisor, erowe@unm.edu, Phone: 505-277-1303. Click here to download the official Degree Program brochure.

Master of Science in Architecture (MS Arch)

In addition to the above professional degrees, we offer a non-professional, research-based graduate degree (this degree is not accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board—NAAB):

• The 1½ Year Program of study (3 terms) facilitates advanced research. This post-baccalaureate degree is for students who wish to obtain an advanced research degree (the undergraduate degree need not be in architecture). Students are required to apply for a specific concentration of research supported by a group of faculty, and are further expected to take advantage of the special opportunities offered by this program and our unique physical / social setting to pursue individualized educational goals. The maximum time allowed for completion is 3 years. Current MS Arch Tracks: 

Computational Ecologies is an investigation of how complex datasets and advanced computational methods can inform the analysis and design of architectural and urban systems.  TheComputational Ecologies track is committed to the development of tools and methods that better understand and optimize how spaces, buildings and cities perform environmentally, infrastructurally and socially. Our research investigates how both produced and residual datasets can act as engines for parametric design software and how they can be digitally and physically represented. These datasets can range from social media to traffic patterns, atmospheric analysis to neurological activity, all intertwined in an ecological relationship. Our goal is to elevate architectural and urban performance and experience through the analysis of behaviors and patterns, leveraging computational processes to produce new understandings of the relationships of the built environment to the human condition. Track Chair: Alex Webb

Public Health and the Built Environment track asks, how can designers and planners address health disparities and positively impact population health in communities? One’s zip code is a better predictor of health outcomes than almost any other factor, and the planned and built environment is a powerful determinant of community health. This track allows advanced students to develop a line of research about how the composition of the built environment shapes public health. Specific lines of inquiry are described in the list of faculty. Graduates will have learned about contemporary issues in urban/rural/community design, along with best practices in policy and design, including health impact assessments, context-sensitive design, smart growth principles and community engagement strategies. Track Chair: Michaele Pride

Graduate Degree Requirements and curriculum 

Questions should be directed to Beth Rowe, the Graduate Advisor, erowe@unm.edu, Phone: 505-277-1303. Click here to download the official Degree Program brochure.