Rice School of Architecture's graduate programs offer a design education in combination with a thorough grounding in architectural history, theory, and technology. Rice’s graduate program culminates in an independent design thesis, on the principle that an architectural education provides a complete exposure to architecture’s breadth, from which the student establishes his or her depth, or expertise, through this thesis design project.

Professional Degree Program (MArch)
The RSA has two graduate programs leading to a first professional degree. Option 1 is a seven semester course of study for students with no or limited undergraduate background in architecture. Option 2 is a five semester course of study for students with substantial undergraduate backgrounds in architecture. The Option 1 and 2 Master of Architecture degrees are fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), qualifying our graduates to sit for professional licensing exams.

Nonprofessional Degree Program (M.A. in Architecture)
The RSA also has a third graduate program, Present Future, a new post-graduate, three semester, special-topic course of study under the leadership of an RSA faculty member. This full-residency, research oriented program leads to a nonprofessional degree of Master of Arts in Architecture (M.A. in Architecture).

Our MArch curriculum offers a set of core courses (in Design, History and Theory, Technology, and Practice) and many free electives, both in the School of Architecture and across campus. In studio courses, strong emphasis is given to the very means by which architecture is able to affect the world through the architectural means of program, form, and technology. Such fundamental aspects to design can, when mobilized, produce a practice of architecture that is as speculative as it is realist. Our studio focus can be characterized as “innovative practice”.

For more information, please visit the School of Architecture website and download graduate program handbook.

Degrees Offered:

MArch in Urban Design* (inactive)
DArch* (inactive)

Areas of interest: architecture, design, urbanism, theory and practice

* The MArch in Urban Design and the DArch programs are currently inactive and are not accepting applications.


The School of Architecture Contact Info:

Professor Sarah Whiting, Dean
Location: 111 Anderson Hall
Phone: 713-348-4044
Fax: 713-348-5277