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The Distance Track Master of Architecture academic curriculum consists of a prescribed sequence of courses that is taken in seven semesters over three and one-half years. Qualified students may enter with advanced standing, typically in semester three, and complete the program in two and one-half years.  Students enter and move through the program in a group, or cohort, of fellow student-colleagues. The first four semesters are structured around advanced studios that emphasize conceptual and technical design mastery, supported by allied courses in theory and research, urbanism, building technology and professional practice. At the end of semester four, students submit a portfolio for review before advancing to semester five when thesis work begins. Thesis is the focus of the final three semesters, and includes a thesis prep studio and theory and research course in semester five, followed by focused investigation of an individual thesis topic in the final two semesters. Additional courses in professional practice and an elective round out the thesis experience.

Coursework is accomplished in rigorous exchanges of ideas and critiques conducted online in graphic, text, and audio formats, and is supplemented each semester by an intensive week long residency at the BAC. Each semester students take a Professional Development course in which work-related experience and Practice-based learning are reported and assessed. 

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