Skip to main content Accessibility Policy

COVID-19 STATUS: SCAD announces plans for spring quarter. See the full announcement at

Professional master of architecture

Available at:  
- Savannah

  • ARCH 706 Architectural Practices
  • Select one of these five options:

  • ARCH 714 Advanced Parametric Design and Generative Modeling Strategies for the Building Arts
  • ARCH 736 Complex Structural Applications
  • ELDS 745 Digital Prototyping and Fabrication Methods for Building Design
  • ARCH 760 Sustainable Design
  • ELDS 775 Simulation, Animation, and Visualization in the Building Arts
  • ARCH 717 Graduate Architecture Studio I: Urban Design and Development
  • ARCH 719 Structures: Lateral Forces
  • ARCH 727 Graduate Architecture Studio II: Comprehensive Design and Programming
  • ELDS 727 Advanced Digital Applications for Practice and Project Management
  • ARCH 737 Graduate Architecture Studio III: Comprehensive Detailing and Systems
  • ARCH 745 Graduate Seminar in Architecture
  • ARCH 747 Graduate Architecture Studio IV: Interdisciplinary Focus
  • Select one of these two options:

  • ARCH 765 Emerging Urban Issues
  • ARCH 779 Graduate Internship
  • ARCH 775 Global Architectural Practice
  • ARCH 798 Graduate Architecture Studio: Thesis I - Developing Concept, Context, and Program
  • ARCH 799 Graduate Architecture Studio: Thesis II - Design Detailing and Final Exposition
  • 700-level focused elective*
  • 500- to 700-level diversified elective†
  • 500- to 700-level PRES or URBA elective‡
  • 500- to 700-level elective
  • 500- to 700-level elective

Total course of study: 90 hours§

* The focused elective is assigned by faculty and must be taken during the same quarter as ARCH 747 Graduate Architecture Studio IV: Interdisciplinary Focus.
† Diversified electives expand the knowledge of the student beyond architectural disciplines. Courses with subject codes other than ARCH, ARLH, ELDS, INDS, PRES, SUST, or URBA meet these requirements.
‡ The following courses will also satisfy this elective: ARCH 721 Landscape Design for Urban Design or ARCH 765 Emerging Urban Issues.
§ At the time of admission, up to five additional graduate-level intensive courses may be assigned, bringing the student's required course of study to a total of 95 to 115 hours.

In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year term, an eight-year with conditions term, or a two-year term of continuing accreditation, or a three-year term of initial accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established education standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a non-accredited undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the non-accredited degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The Savannah College of Art and Design School of Building Arts offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program(s): M.Arch. (180 undergraduate credits plus 90 graduate credits). Next accreditation visit: 2022.

NAAB information:

Conditions for Accreditation, 2020 Edition
Conditions for Accreditation, 2009 Edition
Procedures for Accreditation, 2020 Edition
Procedures for Accreditation, 2012 Edition

View past NAAB reports