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M.Arch. in Architecture

Explore, build, and lead the profession of architecture.

The professional M.Arch. degree prepares students to become leaders in the profession of architecture. Students enroll in a two-year core curriculum focused on techniques, principles, histories, theories, and technologies related to the discipline of architecture. In the final year of the program, the students develop a thesis project.


Program Application Deadline
The deadline for applications for AY 2022–23 is January 15, 2022.

To be assured full consideration, please apply by this deadline. Review individual program descriptions for details on program and admission requirements.


The professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) degree is designed for students with undergraduate baccalaureate degrees in fields other than architecture and for those holding a non-professional baccalaureate degree in architecture. The three-year (seven-semester) program helps prepare students to become leaders in the profession of architecture. Students enroll in a two-year core curriculum that helps prepare them with techniques, principles, histories, theories, and technologies related to the discipline of architecture. In the final year of the program the students develop a thesis project.

The M.Arch. program is a companion to our more than century-old accredited Bachelor of Architecture program and enjoys the curricular explorations and experiences that have gone into designing and maintaining a cutting-edge professional architectural education. The program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Effective January 2020, the M.Arch. is designated as a STEM program with the CIP code 04.0902.

In its 2019 accreditation visit, the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) praised Penn State’s M.Arch. program by pointing out that four accreditation conditions are met “with distinction”: (A2) Design Thinking Skills, (A7) History and Global Culture, (C1) Research, and (C3) Integrative Design.


Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.

M.Arch. Students

Students currently enrolled in the M.Arch. program.

Current Cohort

Elliot Brau

Elliot Brau

erb5375@psu.edu


Dillon Brown

Dillon Brown

dab6495@psu.edu


Kimberly Cunningham

Kimberly Cunningham

kgc5102@psu.edu


Cayla Erisman

Cayla Erisman

cze5114@psu.edu


Allison Faux

Allison Faux

abf5327@psu.edu


LewYong Gerbrandt

LewYong Gerbrandt

Personal website | lxg261@psu.edu


Anjali Gopalakrishnan

Anjali Gopalakrishnan

aqg6059@psu.edu


Aysan Jafarzadeh

Aysan Jafarzadeh

amj6283@psu.edu


Ciera Jones

Ciera Jones

cnj117@psu.edu


Rachel Justice

Personal website | rej5109@psu.edu


Tariq Kenanah

Tariq Kenanah

twk5295@psu.edu


Niousha Keyvaninejad

Niousha Keyvaninejad

nmk5551@psu.edu


Epiphany Loux

Epiphany Loux

epl5255@psu.edu


Kristine Luther

Kristine Luther

Personal website | kml6415@psu.edu


Lara Makhlouf

Lara Makhlouf

lpm5579@psu.edu


Subham Malpani

Subham Malpani

Personal website | szm6474@psu.edu


Hiranshi Patel

Hiranshi Patel

hpp5177@psu.edu


Asfhan Pathan

Asfhan Pathan

amp7826@psu.edu


Blanche Tarabrella

Blanche Tarabrella

Personal website | brt5192@psu.edu


Nathalie Vargas

Nathalie Vargas

nqv5107@psu.edu


Abby Wallar

Abby Wallar

axw5763@psu.edu

M.Arch. Student Awards

Section cut rendering of a building with yellowish interior and purple accents. Grey sky surrounding. Arch 534-Poerschke-McKenna-2016

Alumni Spotlight

My Penn State education has influenced my career by developing me into a global citizen, through exposure to different people, resources, industries, cultures, and places.
Penn State alumna and 2019 president of the New York chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, Samantha Josaphat.

Alumni Spotlight

Samantha Josaphat

B.Arch. in Architecture 2012

Samantha Josaphat is an architect and the founder of STUDIO 397 Architecture. Part of the mere 0.3 percent of black female architects registered in the United States, she is the 397th living black female architect to be licensed. Samantha entered the Penn State Architecture program in 2007, and by 2012, she had traveled to ten countries, become a member of the Arts and Architecture Student Council, and founded the Penn State student chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS). While at Penn State she built herself a valuable network of resources that continues to shape her path to success. Samantha is the 2019 president of the New York chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects. Learn more about how Samantha’s firm is impacting the narrative of black female architects in this video.

Modern, dark facade of high-end retail showroom for COS, in Toronto, Ontario. Architectural design by Samantha Josephat.
Pedestrians engaging with ‘The Ambiguous Heart,’ Samantha Josephat’s heart-shaped pavilion, featured in the 2019 Times Square Valentine heart design competition.
Corporate office interior design by Samantha Josephat.
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Faculty Spotlight

Architectural study with wood, concrete, and smoke.
Architectural study with wood, concrete, and smoke.

Pep Avilés

Stuckeman Career Development Professor in Design

Pep Avilés is a historian, architect, and professor specializing in postwar and contemporary architecture. His academic research explores the impact media had on the materiality of architecture and the redefinition of modernism after World War II.

Avilés’ work has been sponsored by the Canadian Center for Architecture, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the Getty Research Center, and has been exhibited at the Centre de Cultura Contemporànea de Barcelona (2017) and the Oslo Architecture Triennale (2019), among others. He is the founding editor of the journal Faktur: Documents and Architecture.

Pep Avilés, Stuckeman Career Development Professor in Design

News from A&A

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