2018-2019 Graduate Catalog


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Master of architecture (MArch); master of architecture II (MArch II); and master of science (MS) in historic preservation.

The master of architecture is for those seeking licensure in the profession and is accredited by the NAAB (National Architectural Accrediting Board). We offer two concentrations for completing the master of architecture (MArch) professional degree.

  • Two-year (concentration 1) MArch program for those who have an undergraduate degree in architecture from universities offering an accredited architecture program (begins fall semester).

  • Three-year (concentration 2) MArch program for those holding a bachelor’s degree in a field other than architecture (begins summer semester).

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 the 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 preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Ball State University’s Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

M.Arch. (preprofessional degree + 48 graduate credits)
M. Arch. (non-professional degree + 106 credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2021

The master of architecture II (MArch II) is for those who have completed their master of architecture professional education and wish to pursue research-oriented academic studies. This post-professional degree does not lead to licensure in the profession and is not accredited by NAAB (National Architectural Accrediting Board).

The master of science (MS) in historic preservation meets the standards of the National Council for Preservation Education. This degree is designed for students from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds who are interested in rejuvenating, revitalizing, preserving, and finding new uses for historic buildings and landscapes.