What will I learn?

We are proud of our broad-based program with emphases on: Transformative urban design and community development; Architecture of the Mississippi Delta and Heartland region; Critical engagement, multiregional dialog and global practice; The development of technical skills and performance-driven design; Social and environmentally responsive architecture.

The Master of Architecture program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is designed as a combined undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Graduate professional program for architecture professionals seeking an accredited Master of Architecture degree that leads to National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certification. The Master of Architecture program is Master’s degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education.

The Master of Architecture Program allows you to: Develop critical thinking skills through in-depth analysis of architectural problems; Broaden our comprehension of architecture within greater environmental concerns; Strengthen communication skills and develop new ones using technologies; Increase collaborative skills and professional networking capacities; Enhance understandings of interdisciplinary areas related to architectural practice.

Candidates who have already earned a four-year pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degree, or its equivalent, may be able to complete the program in a little as 15 months of study (see below). For these students, the graduate program consists of 42 total credit hours, completed over the course of four continuous, intensive study semesters. Students from other majors are required to complete additional coursework (see the 27- and 39-month curriculum guides), or variation, depending on an evaluation of their previous coursework. The accelerated timeframe and rigorously focused aspects of the program are designed in effective and integrated sequences to fully prepare the graduate for critical practice and a professional career in architecture, while resulting in savings of thousands of dollars in tuition, rent, and other living expenses. Depending on a student’s individual path, many are able to complete professional work experience, while obtaining their Masters degree in conjunction, thus adding additional interactive depth and real-world dialog to the education experience.

Which department am I in?

School of Architecture

Study options

Full Time (15 months)

Tuition fees
US$30,000.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected June 2022

Venue

School of Architecture

Quigley Hall, Mail Code 4337,

875 S Normal Avenue,

CARBONDALE,

Illinois,

62901, United States

Full Time (27 months)

Tuition fees
US$30,000.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected June 2022

Venue

School of Architecture

Quigley Hall, Mail Code 4337,

875 S Normal Avenue,

CARBONDALE,

Illinois,

62901, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed 2.7 (on a grading scale with 4.0=A; approximately a "B-" average) on the last two years of bachelor’s coursework; 3.0 on all previous graduate work (approximately a "B" average).

For international students

A Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies or its equivalent.

A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.

The English language requirement may be met by submitting: 550 on the paper-based TOEFL; 80 on the internet-based TOEFL; 6.5 on the IELTS; 5.0 on the iTep Academic Plus Exam; C1 required on the Cambridge English Exam.

For full consideration for admission to the program, all materials need to arrive by the first day of business in February. For the Online program there is a roll the Admissions Committee still reviews applications on mid-April.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Priding itself on its inclusivity, international students can enjoy a diverse campus community where 29% of the total enrolled are minority students.

  • Globally and Nationally ranked public research University
  • Over 200 majors, minors and specifications
  • Reduced tuition rates for eligible international students
  • Student population representing over 100 countries

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