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Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

The School of Architecture program is going to challenge you through an exciting, interactive, and rewarding experiential learning journey. Upon graduation, you will have a deep understanding of the creativity of aesthetics, the must-have component of functionality, and the integrated design process. 

And you can feel confident that your architecture career will get a jump start because our program has ranked #3 in the United States of the “most hired from universities.”

Program Description

The School of Architecture + Art explores in many dimensions the meaning of making and the making of meaning. The School reinforces the student’s ability to think creatively and independently, reflecting the University’s ideals to develop citizens with integrity, conviction, and self-respect who are educated and motivated to be leaders in service to the community. The School of Architecture + Art offers a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture (NAAB-accredited).

The School of Architecture + Art graduate program encourages creativity, critical thinking, independent learning, and the exploration of ideas through hands-on making.  Our innovative approach to education integrates ongoing, experiential learning with traditional classroom learning. Students develop an understanding of community scale and have the skill set to engage in the development, design and construction of projects that enhance that way of life through their actions as professional architects.

Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) Degree Program Pathways

The graduate program challenges students to carve out their own path of study. We are committed to preparing our graduates to be critical thinkers, global citizens, and design-build leaders. Students progress through the program from 1-3 years depending on their educational backgrounds. Most typically, the M.Arch. I enables students with an undergraduate degree in Architecture to earn the M.Arch. in one year and the M.Arch. III enables students with a program of study not in architecture to earn the M.Arch. in three years. Students accepted to the M.Arch. III pathway with an undergraduate degree not in architecture but in a related field may receive transfer credit and shorten the three-year course of study accordingly.

In most states and territories an accredited first professional degree, like the Master of Architecture, is a requirement for professional licensure.


The M.Arch I is a combined bachelor and master five-year professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB),, 1101 Connecticut Ave NW #410, Washington, DC 20036, phone, 202-783-2007. The M.Arch. III, the pathway to the M.Arch. for students with an undergraduate degree in a field other than architecture, is pending NAAB approval.

Accreditations - School of Architecture + Art

New England Commission of Higher Education

Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), known formerly as the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC).

National Architecture Accreditation Board

Norwich University's Architecture program is accredited by the National Architecture Accreditation Board.

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Associate of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

Norwich University is a member of the Associate of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

Architectural Research Centers Consortium

Norwich University is a member of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium.

Goals, Outcomes & Details

To view additional program details for programs such as course offerings, requirements, and curriculum maps for the Architecture course offerings and a curriculum map, visit the Norwich University Course Catalog using these links.

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Our Faculty

Cara Armstrong

Cara Armstrong


  • Director, School of Architecture + Art
  • Associate Professor
Timothy Parker

Timothy Parker


  • Graduate Director, School of Architecture + Art
  • Associate Professor
Image of Tolya Stonorov

Tolya Stonorov


  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Director, Architecture + Art
Aron Temkin

Aron Temkin


  • Associate Provost for Online Learning
  • Dean of the College of Professional Schools
  • Professor

Design+Build Collaborative

For more than 20 years, our students have constructed full-scale projects to address Vermont community needs. Building on the seven affordable-housing prototypes Norwich has developed since 2011, the Collaborative continues not only to design and prototype regionally informed, resilient housing, but also to organize and coordinate related research and programs between the schools comprising the College of Professional Schools and partner with community organizations.

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