The Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects offers two National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited Master of Architecture (MArch) degrees: a full, 3 year MArch and a two-year, accelerated MArch for students with an undergraduate, preprofessional bachelor’s degree in architecture or architectural technology.

Master of Architecture (3 years)

The 102-credit Master of Architecture program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) begins with a foundation of required skills and grounding in the histories of and theories specific to architecture, engineering, and design.

We teach the analysis of event, function, emerging technologies, and invention through hands-on construction in ways that are consistent with the location of the architecture program in a world-class art and design school.


Each semester's sequence of courses is integrated around a timely and cogent intellectual focus, while individual architecture studios approach design concepts from a particular vantage point that reinforces the development of a comprehensive understanding. Classwork includes:

  • Studios for conceptual orientation
  • Seminars framed in reading and discussion
  • Case study labs that develop technical skills and real-world proficiency

Collaborative studios in the second year offer a chance to develop the interdisciplinary approach demanded by so many of today's design problems. Third-year studios culminate in work with artists in the wider SAIC community and teams of artists and designers placing work in the public realm.

For more information about this degree, visit the admissions requirements web page or the curriculum requirements web page. Or, learn more about the AIADO department and its resources and facilities.

Master of Architecture, Option 2 (2 years)

Students with an undergraduate, preprofessional degree in architectural studies, architectural technology, or interior design may submit a letter with their application requesting admission to SAIC’s MArch, Option 2 degree program. This 60-credit program includes many of the same course sequences as the MArch program, but excludes some of the foundational courses students completed as undergraduates

For more information about this degree, visit the admissions requirements web page or the curriculum requirements web page. Or, learn more about the AIADO department and its resources and facilities.

Certificate in Historic Preservation

A Certificate in Historic Preservation is available to students pursuing the Master of Architecture (MArch) and MArch with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture options at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

Interested in learning more?

Click around the pages of this website for information on admissions and curriculum requirements, MArch faculty, students and alumni, and more.

Interested in learning more about how you can apply?

Visit the graduate admissions website or contact the graduate admissions office at 800.232.7242 or