2022-2023 Samford University Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 12, 2024  
2022-2023 Samford University Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Architecture & Interior Design (Graduate)

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Jeannie C. Krumdieck, Chair, Professor
Charles L. Ford, Professor
Aaron P. Brakke, Assistant Professor
Ryan L. Misner, Assistant Professor


The new architecture program is currently seeking accreditation by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Graduate Programs and Requirements

Accelerated Bachelor-to-Graduate Pathway Program
Fast-Track Master of Architecture (B.S.A./M.Arch.) with a B.S.A. in Architecture

The Department of Architecture and Interior Design will offer a master of architecture degree (M.Arch.) beginning spring 2024.

The one-year M.Arch. degree is intended for Samford students who are completing the bachelor of science in architecture degree (B.S.A.), so that they can complete both programs in a five-year time frame, for a total of 168 hours.

Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

Graduates from Samford University’s bachelor of science architecture (B.S.A.) degree are expected to progress directly into a fifth-year, 38-hour master of architecture (M.Arch.) degree. Based in the School of the Arts and housed alongside Samford’s CIDA-accredited interior architecture program, this major offers unique and unlimited opportunities for collaboration, inspiration, and understanding of the built environment necessary to progress into professional practice. Students are versed in architectural theory and synthesize artistic, social, cultural, technological, and environmental context in the development of design solutions. In addition, and in support of Samford University’s mission, this program allows students to engage in Christian service opportunities through the built environment. This program will be seeking professional accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).*
*NAAB Candidacy: 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 term, an eight-year term with conditions, a two-year term of continuing accreditation, or a three-year term of initial accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established education standard.

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

In order to meet the education requirement, set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), an applicant for an NCARB Certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB and 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.

Samford University, Department of Architecture and Interior Design, was granted candidacy status for the following professional degree program(s) in architecture: Master of Architecture (130 undergraduate credit hours + 38 graduate credit hours). Year candidacy awarded: February 2022. Next visit: Initial Candidacy Fall 2022. Projected year to achieve initial accreditation: Spring 2027. Earliest graduation date projected to meet NCARB education requirement: Fall 2026.

Admission Requirements
  1. Application for graduate admission.
  2. Application fee.
  3. Successful completion of a bachelor of arts in architecture or a bachelor of science in architecture degree from an accredited college or university.
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
Program-Specific Admission Requirements

Transscript and portfolio review.

Time-to-Degree Completion Plan

The program is designed to be completed in one calendar year.

Additional information on this program is forthcoming.






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