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

General Studies: (39 credits)

University General Education Requirements: (33 credits total, not including 6 credits from the Pre-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.

  • Communication: 12 credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits
  • Science and Technology: 10 credits (includes 1-credit lab)
  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 6 credits (met with 6 credits from the professional curriculum)
  • Social & Behavioral Science: 6 credits
  • Wellness: 2 credits

Additional General Education Courses: (6 credits total)
These courses are general studies courses required by the architecture program beyond the university's general education requirements.

  • A third social & behavioral science class: 3 credits
  • • A philosophy elective class: 3 credits

University General Education Requirements:

  • Cultural Diversity
  • Global Perspective  
  • Computer Usage in all Majors: (ARCH 232: Design Technology) 

Optional Studies:(21 credits)

  • Three undergraduate level elective courses beyond university general education requirements: 9 credits total
  • Four graduate level courses (minimum three from department offerings): 12 credits total

Professional Studies: (108 credits)

  • Courses at the undergraduate level: 88 credits
  • Courses at the graduate level: 20 credits

Our curriculum is designed to build knowledge and ability in our students in an incremental way as students move through the program. Expectations for increased knowledge, ability and self-reliance continue to rise as student’s 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.