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.


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
  • Architect
  • 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
Admissions Requirements

Pre-Professional Entry Students with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture may complete as few as 36 credits for the Master of Architecture.

Admission to the M.Arch degree program requires submittal of the following items:

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 resume describing your educational and work experience as well as extracurricular activities and interests.
5. Three letters of recommendation including two from faculty members employed by a university-level school of architecture or interior design (but not a member of the LTU Graduate Admissions Committee). 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. Work should include creative, academic projects and may include professional work when accompanied by a clear statement of the applicant’s contribution. Please click to download the Portfolio Requirements (PDF). 
7. A one-thousand-word essay on one of the following topics:
  1. What would you do if you could not do architecture or urban design?
  2. Cite a book (other than a religious text) that has influenced your understanding of architecture and other design disciplines and explain how it has influenced you.
  3. Estimate, without reference materials, the number of piano tuners currently working in Denver, Colorado and explain in a step-by-step fashion how you developed your estimate.
  4. Tell us about a real place, that you have never visited. Explain why you would like to go there and visit this place and what you would expect to learn there.
  5. Explain how a designed object (other than a religious icon) with which you are familiar, has influenced your life.
  6. Describe a situation that has required you to collaborate as a team member with others of different backgrounds. interests or opinions.
 8. All application materials should be sent to admissions@ltu.edu

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
Master of Architecture Portfolio Guidelines: PDF image

Get Started

For more information, contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at 800.225.5588 or admissions@ltu.edu.


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