MArch On Campus

Master of Architecture First-Professional

36 months
63468 USD/year
63468 USD/year
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The Master of Architecture First-Professional MArch program offered at University of Southern California is a NAAB accredited professional degree program in the area of architectural design. It is intended for individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree with a major other than one of the design professions, (typically requiring three years of residency).


What you will learn

This Master of Architecture First-Professional MArch program offered at University of Southern California fully prepares graduates for the present and future professional activities in the ever-evolving field of architecture. As an accredited professional degree, it provides a solid intellectual base of knowledge in history, technology, professional practice and theory.

Particular emphasis is put on each of the six-semester design studio sequences, where students learn to synthesize the social, environmental and tectonic thinking through informed design practice.

The studios culminate in an option-based studio and directed design research sequence, pursuing exploration of advanced and emerging topics. Exploring the many elective opportunities within the school, students are encouraged to develop a tailored curriculum, and if possible, to complete one of the several graduate certificates offered by the school or within the university.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Design 
  • Building Systems: Materials and Construction
  • Global History of Architecture
  • Structural Design and Analysis
  • Descriptive and Computational Architectural Geometry
  • Systems: Luminous and Auditory Phenomena in Architecture
  • Contemporary Architectural Theory
  • Urbanism Themes and Case Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


64 alternative credits
  • 64 for advanced standing students
  • 104 for students with no previous professional education


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

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  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit a USC Graduate School Application via Apply Yourself (AY)
  • Application fee
  • Transcripts
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Resume and/or Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Intent
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Portfolio
  • Non-refundable SlideRoom fee of $20
International applicants only
  • English Proficiency Requirement
  • Confidential Statement for Financing Studies at USC
  • Copy of your Passport.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    63468 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 63468 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    63468 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 63468 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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