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Master of Architecture

The Master of Architecture program, focused on critical opportunities for architecture to serve society, is organized into three distinct courses of study, or concentrations:

  • Building Science and Sustainability
  • Education Facilities Research and Design
  • Hospitality Design

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 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 and centers that enhance the graduate experience. These include:

  • The Downtown Design Center.
  • The Fabrication Lab, emphasizing modes of fabrication.
  • LIME, emphasizing virtual realizations.
  • The NEAT Lab, emphasizing renewable resources.
  • The David G. Howryla Design Build program, which in its inaugural year placed second in the 2013 Solar Decathlon.


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, 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 programs may require a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as a professional degree.

The School of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

  • M. Arch (preprofessional + 48 graduate credits)
  • M. Arch (non-preprofessional + 64 credits)

The next accreditation visit for both programs is 2017.

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.