The School of Architecture offers two options for studying architecture at the graduate level, designed to meet the needs of today’s diverse student population. Students without pre-professional degrees are required to complete 36 hours of graduate-level coursework, 18 hours of which must be at the 7000 level, a sequence that typically takes three-and-a-half years. Students with pre-professional degrees are required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours, of which 15 hours must be at the 7000 level, which generally takes two years to complete. Courses and studios focus on history, theory, sustainability, digital media, and the metropolis provide students with the knowledge to solve real-life problems in the built environment. Studio projects focus on spatial design, Louisiana coastal issues, dynamic systems, tectonic, cultures, and context.

Students with questions about the curriculum should schedule an appointment with a counselor at the LSU Graduate School.

Master of Architecture Curriculum

Summer—9 to 15 Credit Hours

ARCH 4003 Intensive Design Studio (6 hours)
Pre-requisites, as required (3/6 hours)

First Year—30 Credit Hours

Fall Semester
ARCH 7001 Graduate Design Studio I (6 hours)
ARCH 7007 Modern Architecture History/Theory (3 hours)
ARCH 2003 Architectural Techniques (3 hours)
ARCH 4440 Vernacular Architecture (3 hours)

Spring Semester
ARCH 7002 Graduate Design Studio II (6 hours)
ARCH 7008 Contemporary Architecture History/Theory (3 hours)
Approved Elective (3 hours)

Second Year—30 Credit Hours

Fall Semester
ARCH 7003 Graduate Design Studio III (6 hours)
CM 2501 Structures Principles & Practices (3 hours)
ARCH 3007 Architectural Systems (3 hours)
ARCH 4993 Advanced Computer Graphics (3 hours)

Spring Semester
ARCH 7004 Graduate Design Studio IV (6 hours)
CM 3504 Applied Structural Design (3 hours)
ARCH 3008 Environmental Control Systems (3 hours)
Approved Elective (3 hours)

Third Year—30 Credit Hours

Fall Semester
ARCH 7005/5202 Graduate Design Studio V (6 hours)
ARCH 5002 College of Art & Design in Rome Program (6 hours)
ARCH 4032 Advanced Architectural Technology (3 hours)
ARCH 4700 Research Methods (3 hours)
Approved Electives (6 hours)

Spring Semester
ARCH 7006 Graduate Design Studio VI (6 hours)
ARCH 5005 Advanced Architectural Techniques (3 hours)
ARCH 5006 Professional Practice (3 hours)
Approved Elective (3 hours)

  • Students have the option to study off campus for 6 to 12 hours credit.
  • The College of Art & Design Rome Program occurs in the fall semester and can be substituted for studio on the LSU campus.
  • Approved electives should support the pedagogical mission of the program. All approved electives are determined under advisement with the graduate coordinator.
  • Pre-requisites include physics, college algebra/trigonometry, and history equivalents to ARCH 2007 and ARCH 2008 as described in the LSU Course Catalog.