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Master of Architecture Curriculum

The Architecture major creates a rich academic environment marked by the confluence of advanced practice, contemporary theory, and social engagement. Our primary goal is to help students develop the capacity and judgment necessary to understand the built environment and generate architecture as a critical response, so that each student can engage both the discipline of architecture and the multiple discourses—artistic, technological, social, political, environmental, economic, spiritual—necessary to be a successful practitioner and a conscientious citizen with a Biblical worldview. Through our teaching and public programming, we will help students gain a deep knowledge of architecture’s techniques, traditions, methods of inquiry and modes of production, so that they emerge with the intellectual breadth and acuity to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world that demands agility and innovation.

In the United States, most state 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 U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-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 consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre- professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program should be accredited within 6 years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented. In order to meet the education requirement set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for an NCARB Certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation. However, meeting the education requirement for the NCARB Certificate may not be equivalent to meeting the education requirement for registration in a specific jurisdiction. Please contact NCARB for more information.

California Baptist University, Architecture Program was granted candidacy for the following professional degree program in architecture:

M.Arch. (168 credits minimum) – 2013.

Next visit for continuation of candidacy: Spring 2014

Projected year of initial accreditation: 2018

Architecture Major (168-176 units) MArch

(*pending WASC approval)

General Education Courses

The general education requirements will follow the curriculum set forth for other university programs. Some general education requirements will be met through specific architecture major requirements. All university general education competency requirements must be met before beginning the program outlined below.


Lower Division Requirements (40 units)

DES 110 Design Thought Foundations I

DES 112 Design Thought Foundation II

DES 120 2D Visual Expression (Art/Music)

DES 122 3D Visual Expression

ARC 205 Introduction to the Profession (1 Unit)

ARC 210 Design Studio I (6 units)

ARC 212 Design Studio II (6 units)

ARC 220 Computer Modeling (Technology)

ARC 240 Architectural History I

ARC 242 Architectural History II

ARC 290 Statics and Strength of Materials

EGR 254 Materials Engineering


Lower Division Content Specific Requirements (8 units)

MAT 245 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Math) (4)

PHY 115 Physics for Architects with Lab (Lab Science) (4)


Upper Division Requirements (55 units)

ARC 310 Design Studio III (6 units)

ARC 312 Design Studio IV (6 units)

ARC 350 Theory I

ARC 380 Sustainable Systems I

ARC 385 Environmental Systems

ARC 390 Structural Analysis

ARC 392 Advanced Structured Systems

ARC 410 Design Studio V (6 units)

ARC 412 Design Studio VI (6 units)

ARC 420 Digital Fabrication

ARC 460 Seminar Abroad

ARC 462 Architecture & Urbanism Aboard

ARC 480 Sustainable Systems II

BUS 357 Small Business Management

ARC 491 Internship (1-3 units)


Graduate Level Requirements (18 units)

ARC 510 Design Studio VII (6 units)

ARC 511 Thesis Research and Preparation

ARC 512 Thesis Studio (6 units)

ARC 570 Professional Practice


Graduate Level Business Requirements (3 units)

BUS 505 Entrepreneurship: The New Venture


Graduate Level Electives (9 units)

Nine (9) units from the following:

ARC 500 Special Topics

ARC 531 History of Landscape Arch.

ARC 532 Landscape interventions

ARC 535 Modern Architecture

ARC 536 Architecture of Cities

ARC 560 Directed Design Research (1-3 units)