2021-2022 Graduate Catalog


Architecture Building 402, 765-285-1900


Master of architecture (MArch); and master of science (MS) in historic preservation (MSHP).

The master of architecture is for those seeking professional licensure and is accredited by the NAAB (National Architectural Accrediting Board). We offer two tracks for completing the master of architecture (MArch) professional degree.

  • Two-year (Track 1) M.Arch program for those who have an undergraduate pre-professional degree in architecture from universities offering an accredited architecture program. 

  • Three-year + one summer (Track 2) MArch program for those holding a bachelor’s degree in a field other than architecture.

In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Ball State University’s Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

M.Arch. (pre-professional degree + 57 graduate credits)

M. Arch. (non-professional degree + 99 credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2021

The master of science (MS) in historic preservation meets the standards of the National Council for Preservation Education. This degree is designed for students from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds who are interested in rejuvenating, revitalizing, preserving, and finding new uses for historic buildings and landscapes.