The Catholic University of America

graduate architecture programs


The School of Architecture and Planning offers a variety of options for students interested in pursuing Architecture at the graduate level, dependent on the level of prior academic background, the professional Master of Architecture (2 year), the professional Master of Architecture (3 year), and the post- professional Master of Architectural Studies (1½ year). Within the graduate program the school also offers four areas of concentration for more focused specialization. Students enrolled in the Master of Architecture program, as well as those in the Master of Architectural Studies program, pursue a concentration in one of five areas:

Classical Architecture and Urbanism

Cultural Studies/ Sacred Space 
Technology +
 Media in Architecture and Interiors
Real Estate Development

Urban Practice



The graduate curriculum at CUArch offers a range of advanced programs and concentrations for students committed to becoming stewards of the social, natural, and built environment.  Developed around the philosophy that successful stewardship comes from the collaboration between design professionals, policy and science experts, and members of the community, CUArch graduate programs take an interdisciplinary approach that builds on the University’s rich heritage as a graduate and research center.   Graduate programs at CUArch approach architectural design as a discipline developed and practiced as a mode of critical inquiry – from the scale of the detail to the scale of the city and the region around it.  The professional and post-professional programs at CUArch give students the opportunity to examine architecture and its role in contemporary culture through art, science, and history, while furthering their study through observation, analysis, and synthesis. 


 All concentrations build upon the core architecture curriculum.  This prepares students to take the professional architecture license exam, while providing an opportunity for specialization and customization of graduate degrees. Students conclude their studies with a capstone studio or independent thesis project, pulling together a solid foundation in architecture and personalized, self-defined study.