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Master of Architecture | Bachelor of Science in Architecture

The architecture program at Lawrence Technological University is designed to provide a broad foundation for the development of design skills and insights, social responsibility, environmental awareness, problem-solving abilities, and professional competence. The program is primarily directed toward the practice of architecture, but it constitutes an excellent, broad-minded education and preparation for work in a range of essential fields in and beyond design, including teaching, research, product representation and development, and public service.

The program specifically prepares students to pursue the Master of Architecture (the accredited, professional degree in architecture) or the Master of Urban Design (MUD) programs at Lawrence Tech. The College also offers five dual degree options, such as the Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design and the Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

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Curriculum + Admissions Information

Bachelor of Science in Architecture (133 credit hours) and M.Arch Direct Entry (36 credit hours)


The Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch) program at Lawrence Tech is the undergraduate component of the Master of Architecture Direct Entry (M.Arch DE) program. Students enrolled as undergraduates for the BS Arch degree are considered to be M.Arch DE students. This format recognizes that most students intend to become licensed architects and will need to earn the accredited, professional M.Arch degree.

Students enrolled in the BS Arch program who maintain a 3.0 grade point average may be admitted to the graduate program. If a student cannot or chooses not to enter the graduate program, that student may elect to receive the Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch) after completing the 133 credit hours of coursework and related university requirements. The Master of Architecture coursework consists of 36 credit hours, all of which can be completed on-campus or online, in addition to the BS Arch requirement for a total of 169 credit hours.

Applicants to the BS Arch and M.Arch DE programs have specific requirements for admission, depending on the program they choose. To obtain the specific requirements, please contact the director of the program you are interested in, listed below:

For specific Bachelor of Science in Architecture questions, contact the program Director, Deirdre Hennebury, at dhennebur@ltu.edu.

For specific Master of Architecture questions, contact the program Director, Edward Orlowski, at eorlowski@ltu.edu.

For general questions about admissions, our programs or the college, please contact Alice McHard at amchard@ltu.edu, 248-204-2834 or click on the links below.

M.Arch 36 (36 Credit Hours)


The M.Arch 36 track is a 36 credit-hour program intended for students who have completed the undergraduate curriculum at Lawrence Tech; those who have earned at least a pre-professional degree, typically the Bachelor of Science in Architecture, at another institution; or who have earned the professional Bachelor of Architecture degree at another institution. We welcome qualified students from other institutions who wish to complete their graduate studies and earn their accredited M.Arch degree at LTU.

Students may complete all but four of the 36 credits of the M.Arch 36 track either on-campus or online. (There is one, 4-credit summer course, the Critical Practice Studio, that requires students to work on campus for four extended weekend sessions. We encourage you to refer to http://criticalpractice.ltu.edu). The on-campus and online coursework and the degree are the same; only the delivery method varies.

Applicants to the M.Arch 36 program are required to present the following documents for admission:

  • 1. A completed Graduate Application, which can be submitted online at www.ltu.edu/apply

  • 2. Official transcripts of all completed college work.

  • 3. Evidence of a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.

  • 4. A résumé describing your educational and work experience as well as extracurricular activities and interests.

  • 5. Three letters of recommendation including two from faculty members from previous degree or educational experience. One work reference, preferably from an immediate supervisor at your current or a recent place of employment, is acceptable.

  • 6. A comprehensive portfolio of work demonstrating a range of visualization and design abilities and experience. The portfolio requirements are linked below.

  • 7. A one-thousand-word essay.

For more information about these requirements or the program in general, please click the links below or contact us at:

On Campus: Alice McHard, amchard@ltu.edu, 248-204-2834

Online: Jennifer Kalanzis, jkalanzis@ltu.edu

M.Arch 3+ (90 credit hours)


The M.Arch 3+ track is intended for students who hold an undergraduate degree in a field other than architecture. This option specifically welcomes students who come to LTU with accomplishments and interests in other fields of inquiry with the expectation that such students will bring their interests and skills into the practice of architecture. Students are able to complete the final 36 credits of the M. Arch 3+ track either on-campus or online.

Applicants to the M.Arch 3+ program are required to present the following documents for admission:

  • 1. A completed Graduate Application, which can be submitted online at www.ltu.edu/apply

  • 2. Official transcripts of all completed college work.

  • 3. Evidence of a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.

  • 4. Evidence of completion of foundational prerequisite knowledge in basic design, mathematics, physics and software knowledge equating to: ART 1115 Design Elements Principles (or ART1113/ART1133); ART 1225 Visualization Tech (or ARC1213/ARC1223); MCS 1214 Math Analysis 1; MCS 1224 Math Analysis 2 (MCS 1414 Calculus 1); PHY 2213 College Physics 1 w/lab; PHY 2223 College Physics 2 w/lab.

  • 5. A résumé describing your educational and work experience as well as extracurricular activities and interests.

  • 6. Three letters of recommendation including two from faculty members from previous degree or educational experience. One work reference, preferably from an immediate supervisor at your current or a recent place of employment, is acceptable.

  • 7. A comprehensive portfolio of work demonstrating a range of visualization and design abilities and experience.

  • 8. A one-thousand-word essay.

For more information about these requirements or the program in general, please contact Alice McHard at amchard@ltu.edu, 248-204-2834 or click on the links below.

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