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Master of Architecture

The Master of Architecture program, focused on critical opportunities for architecture to serve society, is organized into distinct courses of study, or concentrations. These theme-based concentrations follow the expertise and interests of our talented faculty.

Each concentration is composed of an interdisciplinary curriculum involving academic programs across UNLV as well as the participation of internationally significant practitioners and researchers. The program is thematically structured to emphasize comprehensive building design during the first year of study and concentration-focused research and design during the second year of study. Concurrent to both years, students may enroll in concentration-related electives that inform and give breadth to students' individual efforts in the final year of the program.

Research Labs and Centers

The School of Architecture is fortunate to offer students a range of research labs that enhance the graduate experience.

The structure of the Labs ensures a supportive research culture that facilitates industry engagement and positive impact from our research outputs. Research and innovation activities in the SoA are organized in 7 theme-based Labs which define our priority research concentrations.

These are the key areas of our research excellence aligned with faculty specialization, and each Lab benefits from groups and networks supporting the meaningful research activities:

    • Aging + Healthcare Design
    • Natural Energies Advanced Technologies Lab
    • SIM Digital Fabrication at-LAS Lab
    • Urban Futures Lab
    • Design + Build LAB
    • Hospitality Design LAB
    • DDC-Community Engagement + Neighborhood Lab


In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Architecture, offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

  • M. Arch. (preprofessional degree + 48 graduate credits)
  • M. Arch. (non-preprofessional degree + 48-96 credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2025

Tuition & Fees

The Board of Regents of the State of Nevada approved a proposal in December 2010 for the School of Architecture at UNLV to implement differential tuition to the Upper Division Courses of the School’s four degree granting programs effective Spring 2012. Please refer to the Board of Regents Manual, Section 7, on Differential Fees for a breakdown of the additional costs associated with these programs. Get an overview of college costs and more specific architecture costs by selecting Advanced Search on the Tuition Estimator.