Architecture Graduate Resources

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The University of Minnesota’s One Stop website is the central repository for information regarding registration, records, financial aid, billing, payment, and veterans’ benefits. OneStop should be your first resource when searching for more information on graduate student procedures, policies, and forms. In addition, the School of Architecture has created a student handbook for new and continuing graduate students and has collected some of our most frequently requested information. 

General Information

Advising & Program Contacts

The director of graduate studies serves as the general advisor for incoming graduate students and is the permanent advisor for Master of Architecture students. The directors of the individual MS tracks and the Masters of Heritage Studies and Public History program serve as program advisors for their students.

If you are having trouble finding the information you are looking for please contact the School of Architecture’s director of graduate studies and graduate program coordinator.

Director of Graduate Studies: Mike Christenson
Graduate Program Coordinator: Terence Rafferty

Examining Committees

Based on your graduate program, you may also need to form an examining committee as part of your degree. This committee is formed by each student in consultation with their advisor. You should discuss appropriate examining committee members with your advisor, then make an appointment to ask the proposed committee members if they would be willing and available to serve on your examining committee. 

The University of Minnesota distinguishes between three formats for master’s degree completion: Plan A, B, and C. These formats differ in terms of their requirements for an examination committee, final examination, and document submission. See the School of Architecture’s Graduate Student handbook to determine your particular master’s degree completion format(s).

Graduate Degree Planning & Completion

While it is not required for architecture graduate students to file an official degree plan, you are strongly encouraged to be in regular contact with your graduate program advisor to ensure that you are meeting all degree requirements. You can also review the sample program plans to help with your degree planning.

As you draw closer towards the end of your graduate studies, there are graduate degree requirements that you will need to complete as part of your degree progress. Master in Architecture degree candidates have seven years from the first-semester course enrollment as a graduate student in which to complete the program requirements and submit the Plan C document. All other master’s degree candidates have five years from the first-semester course enrollment as a graduate student in which to complete program requirements. All students must remain registered each semester (fall and spring) to maintain their graduate student status.

All students must complete the required coursework before pursuing their master’s final examination. Learn more about the different graduate degree requirements for School of Architecture graduate students.

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Requesting Class Syllabi

Looking for a class syllabus? Please reach out to Nicole Kennedy at kenne814@umn.edu to request a copy of a syllabus for a previous or upcoming architecture class.