Master of Architecture (first professional) “M Arch” 

The M Arch is an accredited first professional degree. It fulfills the professional degree requirements for registration as an architect.* It is designed for students entering either with no academic training in architecture or a four-year bachelor’s “pre-arch” degree and who wish to enter the profession of architecture.

Master of Advanced Architectural Design “MAAD”

The post-professional Master of Advanced Architectural Design degree is a design-oriented program that offers students with an accredited B. Arch. degree the resources for personal and professional growth in an area of concentration of their choosing under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students may make use of the interdisciplinary expertise and facilities that only a large university such as UT Austin offers. 

The MAAD does not fulfill the professional degree requirements for registration as an architect.*

The focus of both is the practice of architecture, centered on design and the studio experience.


The school also offers several master’s programs leading to M.A. or M.S. degrees that are close to and involve architecture:

MA (Architectural History)

MSAS (Architectural Studies) 

MSHP (Historic Preservation)

MSSD (Sustainable Design)

MSUD (Urban Design)



The Ph.D. program offers tracks in Architectural History, Historic Preservation, and Sustainability.

* See NAAB Accreditation Info for details.