OVERVIEW

The Master of Architecture degree curriculum is made up of two components:

General Studies: (49 credits)

University General Education Requirements: (34 credits total, not including 6 credits from the Professional curriculum)

The following statement is from the NDSU Undergraduate Bulletin:

The purpose of general education at NDSU is to ensure that students acquire knowledge, perspectives, and skills associated with a university education. The program is designed so that graduates will be able to adapt to and anticipate changes in their profession and in society. Graduates also will be able to integrate and use the knowledge and perspectives they have gained to live productive, intellectually rewarding, and meaningful lives.

  • First Year Experience: 1 credit
  • Communication: 12 credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits
  • Science and Technology: 10 credits (includes 1-credit lab)
  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 6 credits (double counted from professional curriculum)
  • Social & Behavioral Science: 6 credits
  • Wellness: 2 credits

Basic General Education Courses: (9 credits total)
These courses are general studies courses required by the architecture program beyond the university's general education requirements.

  • A second math class: 3 credits which must be Trigonometry, Pre-calculus, or Calculus
  • A third social & behavioral science class: 3 credits
  • An introduction to philosophy class: 3 credits

University General Education Requirements met with no additional credits:

  • Cultural Diversity: ANTH 111
  • Global Perspective: (ARCH 321: Architectural History I) 
  • Computer Usage in all Majors: (ARCH 232: Design Technology) 
  • Communication in Upper Division: (ARCH 772: Design Thesis)
  • Personal & Professional Ethics: (ARCH 681: Professional Practice)
  • Capstone Experience: (ARCH 471: Architectural Design V - High-rise Design Studio)

Electives: (6 credits)

  • Two humanities courses beyond university general education requirements: 3 credits each

Professional Studies: (119 credits, including 6 credits double-counted from General Studies)
Our curriculum is designed to build knowledge and ability in our students in an incremental way as they move through the program. Expectations for increased knowledge, ability and self-reliance continue to rise as students approach graduation. This, along with our emphasis on the transfer of knowledge from lecture and seminar courses to active employment in studio projects, constitutes the framework for our professional studies. 32 credits of the professional studies are completed at the graduate level. All the fifth year architecture courses and the fourth year History/ Theory Topics courses are graduate level courses.