Master of Architecture Program


The Master of Architecture degree program at Fairmont State places an emphasis on the cultural, geographic, and historical conditions that distinguish the character of the Appalachian Region.  The program’s studio projects typically provide an opportunity to explore the revitalization of the region’s smaller cities and towns through the design of innovative architectural interventions.  The curriculum further offers opportunities for research and project applications in sustainable design issues ranging from energy efficiency to adaptive reuse to food systems.

The M. Arch Program consists of 42 semester hours of coursework.  In addition to the required classes, electives can range from student-selected special topics, to study abroad travel opportunities, to project management courses offered through the MBA program.  The full M. Arch program is typically completed in three semesters of full-time study.  The full professional degree at Fairmont State is made up of the prerequisite four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture plus this one and one-half year M. Arch degree.  Applicants to the M. Arch degree from other institutions may or may not require additional time to complete their degree pending an evaluation of the content of their degree.  See Admission Requirements for additional information

The M. Arch Program is currently in Continuing Candidacy status for accreditation by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and anticipates Initial Accreditation in 2022.  Once accredited, graduates of the combined professional degree program would be eligible to pursue licensure as an Architect in the State of West Virginia.  Most state architectural jurisdictions, along with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) recognize degrees from institutions that have been awarded within two years of accreditation.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the architecture degree programs may be employed in architectural offices; design-build firms; business or governmental organizations that produce their own construction-related documents; as well as many other positions that might benefit from the creative and strategic skill set an architectural education offers.

The 2020 annual median wage for Architects in the United States was $82,320.00, with an annual growth rate in employment over the next eight years projected to be about 3% annually.