master of architecture / direct entry




Lawrence Technological University’s Master of Architecture emphasizes the integration of technical, social, environmental, and philosophical ideals in the practice of architecture and design.

The direct-entry Master of Architecture gives you the opportunity to obtain your accredited architectural degree directly from high school or by transferring earned college credits upon admission. The NAAB accreditation gives you the credential required for professional licensure and admission into the practice of architecture. The curriculum aims to develop architects who are committed to lifelong learning through critical practice, innovative design, and professional leadership.

Program Overview

Lawrence Tech’s Master of Architecture program is built around integrated design studios in which you will work with faculty teams that include architects, landscape architects, and interior, lighting, and urban designers. As practicing professionals, your professors will help you create your own professional network. Involvement on campus in the American Institute of Architecture Students and the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects will give you access to industry professionals and provide opportunities to serve on local, state, and national committees.

Students enrolled in the direct-entry Master of Architecture must maintain certain academic standards to complete the program with an accredited architecture degree. If you cannot or choose not to enter the upper division, you can elect to receive the Bachelor of Science in Architecture.


Why Lawrence Tech for a Master of Architecture?

  • m-arch-direct-entry3.jpgThe Master of Architecture is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
  • Your progression to the master’s degree is seamless: you will automatically advance from the lower division to the upper division course work if you maintain certain academic standards.
  • Your university-based scholarship in the first four years will continue throughout your master’s degree program.
  • You will have access to outstanding facilities, including the digital makeLab, woodshop, metal fabrication lab, library, and large daylit studios.
  • You will be a part of one of the largest architecture programs in the country, with a network of thousands of alumni in professional practice all over the world.

Career Options

  • bs-architecture.jpgArchitect
  • Building Designer
  • College Professor
  • Construction Administrator
  • Design Consultant
  • Project Manager
  • Real Estate Developer
  • Urban Designer




Lower Division
Your 132–33 credit-hour curriculum consists of:
Architecture Core

(with emphasis on leadership
Communication 7
Math and Science 15–16
Electives 12
Total 132–33
Upper Division
Your 36-credit-hour curriculum consists of:
Studio 12
Core Theory 9
Core Practice 6
Electives 9
Total 36

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants: There is no formal deadline for applications; however, we recommend applying as early as possible to maximize academic scholarship and financial aid opportunities.

International Applicants: All documents are required to be received at least 90 days prior to the first day of the semester for which you would like to begin.

Portfolio Submittal Guidelines

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Undergraduate Transfer Portfolio Guidelines: Click here for requirements PDF image

Get Started

For more information, contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at 800.225.5588 or


m-arch-direct-entry2.jpg“Lawrence Tech’s direct-entry Master of Architecture is the most direct path to an accredited degree in architecture. Students have the opportunity to engage in a professional architecture program and begin their design studios on their first day of classes.”Glen S. LeRoy, FAIA, FAICP, dean, College of Architecture and Design