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
  • Learning from leaders in Modern and Classical Architecture.
  • Study in one of first designed American cities.
  • Only East Coast school with Modern and Classical Architecture.
  • Winner of ten student “Spirit of Place” awards.

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

Students with a pre-professional architecture degree are eligible for the professional Master of Architecture (2 year) program, while students with a bachelor’s degree in another field of study can enroll in the professional Master of Architecture (3 year) program. Students with a B.ARCH or M.ARCH from an accredited U.S. university can enroll in a post- professional Master of Architectural Studies (1½ year).

Within the graduate program the school also offers five 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 five areas including Sacred Space/Cultural Studies, Technology and Media in Architecture and Interiors, Real Estate Development, Urban 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, CUArch graduate programs take an interdisciplinary approach that builds on the University’s rich heritage as a graduate and research center.

Graduate programs at CUArch 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 CUArch 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.