School of Architecture

Master of Architecture

NAAB Accredited Professional and STEM Designated Degree

The M. Arch program locates the work of architecture at the intersection of disciplinary principles and professional competency. Ideas become impactful when translated into material conditions. The messy process of translation often results in imperfect but meaningful design proposals that address challenges of contemporary life. Embracing the compromise between ideal and real underscores our commitment to the here and now.

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Making at Woodbury

Woodbury School of Architecture’s Making Complex is a platform for experimentation and advanced fabrication. Discover how Woodbury is exploring new technologies to rethink the future of architecture and push the boundaries of design.

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Woodbury’s M.Arch Officially Designated as STEM

All architecture programs at Woodbury have now been designated as STEM degrees. The School of Architecture received approvals internally from the University Curriculum Committee and Office of Academic Affairs, and externally from WASC (WSCUC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). Starting in the fall of 2019, students enrolling in the following programs will graduate with STEM-designated degrees:

Master of Architecture

Master of Science in Architecture

Master of Science in Architecture in Real Estate Development

Bachelor of Architecture

All international students enrolled in these programs can now apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT (Optional Practice Training) for a total of 36 months.

IPAL Initiative

Our Master of Architecture program is among the first four accredited graduate programs nationwide to be accepted for participation in the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s (NCARB) Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) initiative. Find out more about the IPAL initiative.

Graduate Look Book

Review our Graduate Look Book for more information about our Master of Architecture program. The Graduate Look Book provides a comprehensive overview of Woodbury School of Architecture’s programs and strategic initiatives, as well as further information about the campus facilities and resources across both Los Angeles and San Diego.

Graduate Look Book

ID Emphasis

Woodbury’s School of Architecture offers the unique opportunity to expand knowledge about Interior Design through a ID Emphasis. Four courses can be taken from the Interior Design program as electives in the MArch program to expand an understanding of human experience and interaction with space. Find out more about the courses through our Interior Design Emphasis page.

Interior Design Emphasis

Careers

Woodbury School of Architecture supports our students in building a strong foundation for professional practice while investigating the nature of practice itself. These experiences prepare students to make informed choices regarding their diverse career options.  Visit our School of Architecture Career Services page for more information.

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Alumni Spotlight

Woodbury University alumnus Henry Cheung graduated from the Master of Architecture program (MArch) in 2013. After his graduation he joined Bestor Architecture in Los Angeles and has worked on such high-profile projects as the Beats by Dre headquarters in Culver City.

“Beats by Dre HQ in Culver City is one of those projects that I will never forget. I learned and developed tremendously as a designer, creating spaces that were both conceptually profound, graphically punchy, while maintaining a balance between play and function.”

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Making Complex

Woodbury School of Architecture has some of the most sophisticated fabrication technologies available in the architecture and interior design fields of study.

By facilitating first-person exposure to and experience with making and thinking role models, Woodbury School of Architecture aims to convey to students the perspective and skills necessary to realize their own practices. The technologies of the Making Complexes on both campuses are integral contributors in this enabling education. Technology here is an inclusive term; one that reinforces inter-dependencies between analog craft and shop work, computing, and rapid-prototyping processes.

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MArch + MBA

Students who pursue an MArch degree may also enroll in Woodbury’s MBA program. The MBA is designed to prepare you for the next stage of your career, and for students who have a bachelor’s degree in a subject other than business, Woodbury offers preparatory courses to build your skills.

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Faculty

Our faculty are architects, designers, academics and policy makers practicing in Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana. This internationally recognized and award-winning group works closely with students to teach the skills required to push the limits of practice.

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Accreditation

NAAB: The MArch program at Woodbury School of Architecture is NAAB accredited.

WASC: Woodbury University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission.

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