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
  • 4 units GSD 4223 Buildings, Texts, and Contexts
  • 2 units GSD 6121 (M1) Environment
  • 2 units GSD 6122 (M2) Systems
  • 4 units GSD 6227 Structural Design I

Second Semester

Third Semester

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 unitsGSD 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.