Take your passion for architecture to the next level

Why Catholic University is a great choice for you

  • Educating students in design and technology as applied to the built
  • Study in one of first designed American cities.
  • Only East Coast school with Modern and Classical Architecture.

Two graduate program options plus two Joint Degree Programs are offered at The Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning:

PATH A - The “Path A” program is an advanced standing track designed for individuals who possess an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree. This program connects directly with the Catholic University of America B.S. in Architecture degree and similar degrees offered at other institutions. This is a four-semester degree program leading to the NAAB-accredited M. ARCH degree. (60 credit hours)

PATH B - This program is designed specifically for individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree in an area other than architecture. This seven-semester program provides an introduction to the fundamentals of architectural design and representation, technologies, history, and theory, as well as professional practice. The program provides an efficient track toward the NAAB-accredited M. ARCH degree.  (111 credit hours)

Advanced Placement in the Path B Program:  Applicants who possess a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design, or similar degree, are evaluated for placement and may receive advanced placement in the Path B program based upon their portfolios and prior coursework. 

PATH C - Master of Architecture + Master of Science in Net Zero Design

This program is designed for students interested in obtaining a dual degree in Master of Science in Net Zero Design (MSNZD) and Master of Architecture (M.Arch). This dual degree has an additional 18 credit course load for the second Master’s degree. (MArch + 18 credit hours)

Within the graduate program, the school also offers four areas of concentration for more focused specialization. Students enrolled in the Master of Architecture program, as well as those in the Master of Architectural Studies program, pursue a concentration in one of four areas including Sacred Space/Cultural Studies, Technology and Media in Architecture and InteriorsUrban Practice, and Classical Architecture and Urbanism.

Curriculum and Interdisciplinary Approach

The graduate architecture and planning curriculum at The Catholic University of America offers a range of advanced programs and concentrations for students committed to becoming stewards of the social, natural, and built environment. Developed around the philosophy that successful stewardship comes from the collaboration between design professionals, policy and science experts, and members of the community, our graduate programs take an interdisciplinary approach that builds on the University’s rich heritage as a graduate and research center.

Graduate programs at the School of Architecture and Planning approach architectural design as a practicing professional discipline, where critical inquiry – from the scale of the detail to the scale of the city and the region around it merges with the realities and forces within the built environment. The built environment is a mirror of the public and private goals and objectives of past and present society. The professional and post-professional programs at the School of Architecture and Planning give students the opportunity to examine architecture and its role in contemporary culture through art, science, and history while furthering their study through observation, analysis, and synthesis.

All concentrations build upon the core architecture curriculum. This prepares students to take the professional architecture license exam while providing an opportunity for specialization and customization of graduate degrees. Students conclude their studies with a capstone studio or independent thesis project, pulling together a solid foundation in architecture and personalized self-defined study.