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For Students Entering Fall 2016

A candidate who is admitted to the program with advanced standing (MArch I AP) will be recommended for the Master in Architecture as a professional degree upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 100 units. The first semester of the MArch I AP follows the same course of study and as that of the third semester of the MArch I program and the follows the same sequence for the rest of the semesters:

First Semester

GSD 1201           Third Semester Core Studio: 8 units
GSD 2224           Digital Media: 4 units
GSD 4223           Buildings, Texts, and Contexts: 4 units
GSD 6227           Structural Design I: 4 units

Second Semester

GSD 1202            Fourth Semester Core Studio: 8 units
GSD 6229            Structural Design II: 4 units
GSD 6125            Environmental Systems in Architecture: 4 units
GSD 7212            Issues in the Practice of Architecture: 4 units

Third Semester

Studio Option*     8 units
GSD 6230           Cases in Contemporary Construction:  4 units
Electives              Distributional or General Electives**     8 units

Fourth Semester

Studio Option*     8 units
Electives              Distributional or General Electives**     12 units

Note: The department encourages students to take electives that support thesis interests during their sixth semester.

Fifth Semester

GSD 9301            Independent Design Thesis     12 units
Electives              Distributional or General Electives**     8 units

Please note that an entering Advanced Placement student may not be waived out of all first-year courses, so individual schedules may vary.

* A minimum of one studio option must be taken from those offered by the Department of Architecture.

** Students are required to fulfill the following distributional electives:

  • 8 units of advanced history electives
  • 4 units of non-Western electives
  • 4 units of professional practice electives

*** Entering AP students may request to waive out of this course.

An approved list of distributional electives is posted each term. Please note that some courses may count toward the satisfaction of two distributional electives. For example, an advanced history course may also fulfill a non-Western requirement.

General electives may be fulfilled through any course at the GSD or cross-registered courses at Harvard schools, MIT or the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts.

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