For Students Entering Fall 2017

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

  • 8 units GSD 1201 Third Semester Core Studio
  • 2 units GSD 6121 (M1) Environment
  • 2 units GSD 6122 (M2) Systems
  • 4 units GSD 6123 Construction Systems
  • 4 units GSD 6229 Structural Design II

Second Semester

  • 8 units GSD 1202 Fourth Semester Core Studio
  • 4 units GSD 2223 Digital Media I or 2224 Digital Media II
  • 4 units GSD 4223 Buildings, Texts, and Contexts***
  • 4 units GSD 6230 Cases in Contemporary Construction

Third Semester

  • 8 units Studio Option *
  • 4 units GSD 7212 Foundations of Practice
  • 8 units Distributional or General Electives**

Fourth Semester

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

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

Fifth Semester

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

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 global culture and diversity electives
  • 4 units of professional practice electives

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 global culture and diversity 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.

*** MArch I AP students are recommended to take BTC in the spring of their second semester, however they may elect to fulfill the BTC requirement in the fall if better suits their academic goals.