To meet NAAB accreditation requirements, all graduates must complete a combined total of 168 credit hours of study at the undergraduate and graduate level, of which at least 30 semester credit hours must be at the graduate level as well as a minimum of 45 units of non-architectural content. Master’s students must meet established standards for graduate study at USC, and complete a total of 64 credit units, which may include Basic Studies not completed at the undergraduate level, 33 units of Advanced Studies as well as approved electives.
(1) Basic Studies (the following may be met by an equivalent course taken in an undergraduate program or as a Basic Studies requirement at USC):
ARCH 213ab Building Structures and Seismic Design,
ARCH 214ab World History of Architecture,
ARCH 215 Design for the Thermal and Atmospheric Environment,
ARCH 313 Design of Building Structures,
ARCH 315 Design for the Luminous and Sonic Environment,
ARCH 410 Computer Transformations,
ARCH 511L Building Systems,
ARCH 514 Contemporary Issues in Architecture: A Critical Dialectic,
ARCH 525 Professional Practice: Pre-Design, Project and Office Administration,
ARCH 526 Professional Practice: Legal Economic Context Project Documentation, and
ARCH 611 Advanced Building Systems Integration.
If a student has completed the equivalent of the ARCH 213ab Building Structures and Seismic Design, ARCH 313 Design of Building Structures sequence in his or her undergraduate studies, yet this work did not include Seismic Design, the student must then take ARCH 313 for its seismic content or ARCH 573 Seismic Design, if offered.
(2) Advanced Studies courses include:
ARCH 505abL Graduate Architecture Design,
ARCH 543 Research Methods,
ARCH 561 Urbanism Themes and Case Studies,
ARCH 561 Architecture Themes and Case Studies,
ARCH 563 Contemporary Architectural Theory,
ARCH 564 Descriptive and Computational Architectural Geometry, and
ARCH 605abL Graduate Architecture Design.
(3) Electives: courses may be taken at the 400, 500 or 600 level. If the total 45 units of non-architectural content, as required by NAAB, have not been completed during undergraduate studies, students will be expected to take those units during the course of the Master of Architecture +2 program.
Thesis or Directed Design Research Option
M.Arch +2 students may elect to complete an independent thesis or a directed design research project (DDR). An independent thesis or DDR option will allow students to substitute ARCH 693abL or ARCH 695abL for 10 credit units of electives. This option requires residency of a minimum of five instead of four semesters.