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Master of Architecture + Master of Business Administration


This 54-credit dual degree program enables students to earn both the NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture and the Master of Business Administration degrees. The program incorporates courses from both disciplines. Prerequisites to this program include a BS in Architecture or B. Arch degree as well as several prerequisite courses in business. This program can be completed entirely online except for the Critical Practice Studio, which requires one week of residency. The total number of credit required for the completion of this program include 27 credits of M.Arch coursework and 27 hours of MBA coursework for a total of 54 hours as delineated below.

Applicants to the M.Arch/MBA program are expected to have a significant working knowledge of business functions, such as basic accounting, economics, law, and statistics. This knowledge and understanding can come from prior coursework and/or substantial work experience in a functional business area. Students who do not meet this expectation can satisfy their foundation business requirements by taking coursework online or on campus while taking their core program courses.

For specific questions about the dual degree, contact the Chair of Architecture, Dale Gyure, at

The Architecture Program

The architecture program at LTU seeks to develop graduates committed to an articulate and thoughtful approach to socially relevant design. It supports creative inquiry and critical thinking as the basis for design insight, and clear communication as a design objective. The coursework is designed to provide a foundation for the development of architectural design skills and insights, technical training, 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 development and representation and development, and public service. In the Master of Architecture Direct Entry (M.Arch DE) program, which combines the required undergraduate and graduate coursework, students earn the NAAB-accredited, professional degree required for architectural licensure in the State of Michigan and most other US states and jurisdictions.

Required M.Arch Courses

Students are required to take a minimum of eight M.Arch courses for 27 credit hours.

  • ARC 5804 Critical Practice Studio
  • ARC 5013 Research Methods
  • ARC 5643 Design Theory
  • ARC 5913 Professional Practice
  • ARC 5423 Ecological Issues
  • ARC 5814 Advanced Design Studio 1 or ARC 6514 Thesis 1
  • ARC 5824 Advanced Design Studio 2 or ARC 6524 Thesis 2
  • AARC 6833 Practice Portfolio

For more information about the Architecture Program, coursework, and faculty, please refer to the program website at this link.

The Business Administration Program

The MBA is a degree that is highly valued in the contemporary economy and there are strong indicators that this trend will continue. The MBA program at Lawrence Tech addresses this need with educational experience in accounting, global business, finance, marketing, economics, information technology, operations, human resources, and strategic planning: all areas that support contemporary practice in architecture and urban design.

Required MBA Courses

Students are required to take a minimum of nine MBA courses for 27 credit hours.

  • ACC 6003 Managerial Accounting
  • MBA 6013 Human Resource Management
  • MBA 6023 Global Business Economics
  • MBA 6033 Financial Management
  • MBA 6043 Global Leadership
  • MBA 6053 Strategic Marketing Management
  • MBA 6063 Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • INT 6043 Enterprise Information Technology
  • MBA 6073 Global Strategic Management (Capstone class)

Required Foundation Courses

Students may satisfy their foundation business course requirements by taking coursework online or on campus while taking their core program courses. The program offers a full schedule of foundation courses for 0 to 15 credit hours, as needed.

  • ACC 5003 Financial Accounting and Financial Statements
  • MBA 5013 Business Application of Statistical Analysis
  • MBA 5011T Managerial Economics
  • MBA 5021T Fundamentals of Macro Economics (1.5 credits)
  • MBA 5061T Legal Environment of Business (1.5 credits)
  • MBA 5031T Fundamentals of Marketing (1.5 credits)
  • MBA 5041T Fundamentals of Management (1.5 credits)
  • MBA 5051T Fundamentals of Finance (1.5 credits)

For more information about the Business Administration Program, coursework, and faculty, please refer to the program website at this link.