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Craft Your Path in Architecture

Earning a master’s degree in architecture from University of Idaho’s College of Art and Architecture’s (CAA) nationally accredited program equips you with the essential training required for licensure as an architect. 

By choosing CAA for your master’s in architecture, you gain access to a wealth of resources and opportunities. From state-of-the-art facilities to a vibrant academic community,  immerse yourself in an environment that encourages innovation, collaboration and professional growth. Our strong industry connections and alumni network provide invaluable pathways to success, ensuring that you graduate prepared to excel and stand out in the field of architecture.

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University of Idaho’s Master of Architecture degree program provides an immersive learning environment emphasizing hands-on creation, typically comprising 15 students and a professor collaborating closely for nine hours weekly. This close-knit studio setting allows for personalized attention and mentorship, ensuring that you receive support throughout your journey.

Additionally, the studio experience culminates in a final design project tailored to your architectural interests, prioritizing individualized exploration and creativity. You have the autonomy to select both the project focus and a faculty mentor to oversee your work.

Discover the comprehensive details of our master's in architecture program, including degree paths, career outcomes, tuition and scholarship information and involvement opportunities that enrich your educational experience.

Think you are interested in an architecture master’s degree? We recommend architecture to students with a bachelor’s degree and an interest in one or more of the following topics:

  • Art and design
  • Creative thinking
  • Digital tools
  • Drawing and representation
  • Ecological responsibility and sustainability
  • History, design and construction of buildings and cities
  • Making things
  • Materials and construction
  • Unique places

  • Seamless degree path: University of Idaho students with a B.S. in architecture can finish both their undergraduate and graduate architecture degrees in five to six years.
  • 3-plus degree path: Students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-design discipline can complete their master’s in architecture program in three years, plus one summer.

  • ARCH 510: Graduate Project Seminar
  • ARCH 553: Integrated Architectural Design
  • ARCH 554: Architectural Design: Vertical Studio
  • ARCH 556: Graduate Project
  • ARCH 568: Technical Integration in Design
  • ARCH 575: Professional Practice
  • ARCH 514: Introduction to Graduate Architecture Research
  • ARCH 516: Social Sustainability in Contemporary Cities
  • ARCH 520: Architectural Research Methods

» Review the full Master of Architecture course list

Involvement Opportunities

Uncover ways to get involved within our master's in architecture program, ranging from internships to participation in the hands-on Design-Build program.

At CAA, we have strong local and national industry connections, providing internship and networking opportunities that help you determine your career goals and establish a future position. Complete internships in placements such as:

  • Art nonprofits
  • Community centers
  • Galleries
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Private firms in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design or graphic design
  • Public agencies
  • Public schools (teaching practicum required for art education majors)

Complete real projects with real clients from start to finish while making an impact on nonprofit organizations and local businesses.

Choose Between Two Campuses

For those craving a vibrant college town atmosphere, our main campus in Moscow offers an ideal setting to pursue their master’s in architecture. Alternatively, students preferring an urban, studio environment can study at our Boise Urban Design Center. Learn more about both of our campuses.

Students have the opportunity to apply for teaching assistantships, interact with experienced faculty members and explore a wide array of elective courses in our Moscow graduate programs. Moreover, they actively participate in our design-build program, collaborating to materialize architectural ideas that contribute positively to the communities of Idaho.

In Boise, architecture graduate students concentrate on sustainable design within an urban environment, with the option to engage in research on high-performance, energy-efficient buildings at our Integrated Design Lab. Additionally, students in Boise benefit from various opportunities for professional internships with local firms. They also experience a close-knit, interdisciplinary studio environment, collaborating with faculty members and graduate students in landscape architecture and bioregional planning.

Careers with a Master of Architecture Degree

After completing the architecture program, you are eligible to sit for the Architecture Registration Examination (ARE) and certificate administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB).

Discover What’s Next: Learn More about the Master of Architecture Program

Take the next step toward becoming a skilled architect with University of Idaho’s master’s in architecture degree program. Prepare to shape the world with innovative and sustainable design.

Design-Build Program

Our design-build program offers students the chance to conceptualize and construct their design ideas while positively impacting communities.

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Architecture Program

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2451 Moscow, ID 83844-2451

Phone: 208-885-4409

Fax: 208-885-9428

Urban Design Center

Mailing Address:
322 E. Front Street
Suite 390
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-885-6781

Urban Design Center