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School of Architecture
Montana State University
P.O. Box 173760
Bozeman, MT 59717-3760
Tel: (406) 994-4256


Steven P. Juroszek, Interim Director

Graduate Program Coordinator

John C. Brittingham


    • J. Brittingham; architectural design, theory.
    • R. Johnson; architectural design, history, theory.
    • S. Juroszek; architectural design, graphics.
    F.A. Rifki; architectural design, environmental technology, urban planning .
    • H.E. Sorenson, Jr.; delineation, architectural design.
    • T.R. Wood; architectural design, environmental technology.

Associate Professors

    • M. Everts; architectural design, professional practice.
    • C. Livingston; architectural design, building construction.
    • M.E. O'Neill; architectural design.

Assistant Professors

    • M. Everts; design, professional practice.
    • Z. Karczewska; design, graphics.
    • B. Wrightsman; architectural design, structures.

 Emeritus Professors

    • F. Johns; architectural design, urban planning.
    • P.C. Kommers; architectural design, graphics, theory.
    • C. Llewellyn; architectural design, theory.
    • G. McClure; structures.
    • R. Utzinger; architectural design, theory.

Degree Offered

M. of Architecture

The School of Architecture professional curriculum leads to a Master of Architecture degree, a professional degree program in architecture fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. The design studio forms the core of architectural education, and every student makes a significant design studio commitment each semester.

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.

Master's 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.

Montana State University School of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program:

  • Master of Architecture (pre-professional + 42 graduate credits)
  • The next accreditation visit for this program will take place in 2014

Students wishing to acquire the Masters of Architecture Degree must complete three semesters of graduate study. Throughout this graduate study, students will choose from a variety of architectural studios, craft studios, architectural seminars, and non-architectural electives intended to emphasize the development of a critical position with regard to the environment and architecture. A final comprehensive studio is required that demonstrates, through the development of an architectural project, the student’s moral, ethical and aesthetic responsibility to society and the natural world.

School of Architecture Philosophy

The School seeks to prepare students for a lifelong critical engagement in the arts and science of architecture. Located in “the last best place” of the Northern Rockies we are in an extraordinary position to engage questions regarding the relationship between the natural and built environments. To that end, we teach and practice a moral, ethical and aesthetic responsibility to society and the natural world in the design of the built environment. It is in our design studios, that this philosophy is most clearly demonstrated. Each studio is conceived to build upon the previous studio in a manner that develops a student’s mastery of the science of architecture while at the same time exposing the student to the rich diversity of our faculty’s philosophical beliefs. Within a structured sequence of increasingly complex problems, emphasis is placed on teaching both an iterative design process and the visualization skills necessary to demonstrate the resultant design proposals. The science of architecture is continuously evolving and will do so over the life of every architect. We are committed to preparing our students to enter the profession with both the contemporary scientific knowledge and emerging technical expertise to further this evolution while at the same time ensuring that our graduates are grounded in the fundamental processes, composition and drawing skills that have been central to architecture throughout its history. In addition to the science of architecture we are equally committed to ensuring that our graduates acquire a critical philosophy with which they can engage the design of the built environment.

Knowing how to build is a matter of science and technology but knowing what to build is a question of morality, ethics, and aesthetic responsibility. In this regard the faculty shares a commitment to the stewardship of our environment. This is particularly important in the Northern Rockies where our historic fabric of cities, rural communities and the natural landscape coexist in a tenuous balance. Focusing on the broad principles of creating a sustainable social, cultural, economic and physical environment we utilize the region, from its major cities to its national parks, as the canvas for our teaching, research and creative activities.

As a faculty we are committed to emphasizing the architect’s responsibility to create and maintain a sustainable environment formulated from a belief system of moral, ethical and aesthetic theories, but our philosophical beliefs with regard to how this is to be achieved are diverse. This is by intent. Each student, as she or he matriculates through the design studio sequence, is expected to develop an understanding of the various critical approaches advocated by their professors and ultimately reaches a position of their own. Thus our graduates become empowered to assume a leadership role in the synthesis of the natural environment, human activity and the built environment from a critical, responsible and mature perspective. In doing so, our students discover the commitment of our faculty to both the future of our environment and that of their students. Because of this an extraordinary sense of community emerges within the School of Architecture at Montana State University. Students develop a sense of responsibility not only to the environment and architecture but also to their peers where all share a passion for design.

Program Requirements

The Master of Architecture professional degree is a Plan B program (professional paper or project plan) that requires forty-two (42) credits of graduate coursework. A student’s program of study includes three graduate design studios (ARCH 551, ARCH 557 and ARCH 558), a required architectural research methodologies seminar (ARCH 552) and graduate electives. The Plan B Program requires that students successfully complete ARCH 558 Advanced Building Studio as their comprehensive examination. Arch 558 Advanced Building Studio is best described as a programmatically complex problem with an underlying agenda or theoretical component.


Admission into the architecture graduate program is competitive. The school is able to admit approximately 70 graduate students per year, many of whom represent the best students from our own undergraduate B.A. in Environmental Design program. However, a limited number of spaces are available for highly qualified students with undergraduate degrees from other universities. Placement may vary depending upon the student's background; students with an undergraduate degree in a field other than architecture will be considered, and must, if accepted, complete a full course of study in design studio.

Portfolio review is of primary importance to the School of Architecture's application review committee. All applicants are required to submit a portfolio of their best work that is reviewed by the school’s faculty. For examples of student work and additional information visit the School of Architecture website at

Dates to Remember

  • March 1 - Deadline for submittal to School of Architecture of portfolio, application forms, GRE scores for Fall or Summer admittance.
  • December 1 - Deadline for submittal to School of Architecture of portfolio, application forms, GRE scores for Spring admittance.
  • Submittal Address for all Application Materials and Portfolio Graduate Placement, School of Architecture, Montana State University, PO Box 173760, 160 Cheever Hall, Bozeman, Montana 59717-3760

Application Submittal Requirements

  1. On-line application for the MSU Graduate School which can be found at
  2. Submit a portfolio of architectural work sufficient to demonstrate the student’s ability and achievement in architecture. Portfolio form and format are left to the discretion of the student, though the portfolio must be suitable for review by a committee. NOTE: For return of the portfolio, please submit a suitable mailing receptacle and sufficient postage. We cannot guarantee its return; portfolios have been lost in transit.
  3. Three letters of reference Letters of reference forms can be found under the Downloads link at It is recommended that at least 2 of the 3 letters come from faculty members.
  4. Official results of the Graduate Record Examination.
  5. $50.00 non-refundable application fee, payable to Montana State University.
  6. Official transcript from universities attended.

Expected Placement for Students with an Undergraduate Degree in an Architecture Related Field, Environmental Design, or Architectural Studies

If you have an undergraduate 4-year degree in architectural studies or environmental design and are admitted to the Master of Architecture program, you will be placed at an appropriate point in the architecture curriculum and can expect to pursue a series of rigorous design studios, specialized courses in advanced architecture, a thesis research course and the comprehensive studio, in order to be granted the Master of Architecture degree. Students entering with excellent portfolios can expect to complete the Master of Architecture degree in three to four semesters.

Expected Placement for Students with an Undergraduate Degree in Other Fields

If you have an undergraduate degree in another field and desire to study architecture at Montana State, you will be expected to complete the full ten semesters of design studio. Advanced placement can be made depending on the quality of your portfolio, which may demonstrate equivalent achievement. You will be placed as a "Second-Degree Student" until the prerequisites for graduate study have been completed. Upon successful completion of the required prerequisites, you can be advanced to "graduate degree" status.

 Required Courses*

Semester I

ARCH 557

Architectural Design Studio

6 credits
ARCH 552

Architectural Research Methods

3 credits

Graduate Electives

6 credits

Total Semester I - 15 credits

Semester II

ARCH 551

Advanced Architectural Studio

6 credits

Graduate Electives

9 credits

Total Semester II - 15 credits

Semester III

ARCH 558

Comprehensive Design Studio

6 credits

Graduate Electives

6 credits

Total Semester III - 12 credits


  1. All graduate students in the School of Architecture are required to take one of their design studios during a Summer Semester.
  2. Students must have completed a total of 45 non-architecture credits to receive their Master of Architecture degree. These credits can occur at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  3. All graduate students will be required to receive a minimum grade of “B” (3.0) in any Design Studio. Failure to receive a “B” will result in the student needing to retake that design studio.
  4. Per Graduate School policy, a student will have only two opportunities to pass Arch 558 Comprehensive Design Studio similar to a thesis student having only two opportunities to pass the closed door defense and the comprehensive examination.
  5. Students may petition the Graduate Program Coordinator to take non-traditional studio classes for graduate elective credit.

All students shall continue to meet with the Graduate Program Coordinator or Administrative Support staff throughout their graduate year to track their progress toward completion of the Master program. The program study will be developed with the advisor, approved by the committee and be submitted to the Graduate School by the add deadline of the first semester of attendance. Final approval of the program and committee rests with the Graduate School. Students may change courses or committee members on the program by completing a Program Change or Change of Committee form. All Graduate School transfer credit policies apply to M Arch students.

The student is expected to be familiar with both School of Architecture and Graduate School degree requirements. Refer to the For Master's Students section for additional information.

Financial Assistance

Students should contact the director of the school for information regarding the availability of assistantships. See the Graduate Assistantship section for detailed information on appointment criteria.


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