Admission to the Architecture Program

The Hammons School of Architecture (HSA) offers two major degrees:

  1. An accredited* five-year first professional Master of Architecture
  2. A four year pre-professional Bachelors of Science in Architectural Studies

The courses required by both architecture degrees are integrated with the Drury Core, the general education curriculum of the university. This integrated curriculum provides a rigorous design-focused education within a broad liberal arts context. Accordingly, the curriculum requires all students to complete internships, to participate in community-engagement studios, and to study abroad in an approved architecture-based international program.


The first two years of the curricula outlined in the recommended courses of study constitute the lower-division portion of the curricula. Enrollment in the first year of the lower division is based upon acceptance to the university.

Admission to the upper division requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 and the completion of the following courses with a grade of C- or better:

  • ARCH 112
  • ARCH 124
  • ARCH 213
  • ARCH 214
  • ARCH 225
  • ARCH 233
  • ARCH 234
  • ARCH 251
  • ARCH 252
  • ARTZ 111
  • ARTZ 123
  • CORE 101
  • Drury Foundations
  • CORE 103
  • PHYS 201
  • MATH 211 (or equivalent or higher)

Performance Requirements


Because the architecture curricula are sequentially structured, it is important to fully review and understand the co-requisites and pre-requisites for all courses. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor at least each semester in order to review plans and progress toward graduation. Student progress is reviewed at the end of each semester to assure prerequisites have been completed with acceptable grades (minimum C-) before students are allowed to advance to the next year-level of the program.

Incomplete Grades

The grade of “I” (incomplete) in any prerequisite course will necessitate the completion of that work and receipt of a final satisfactory grade prior to the first day of any course requiring the prerequisite. Students who have not completed the prerequisite for any ARCH or MARC course as of the first day of class will not be permitted to continue in the course.

GPA Requirement

Upper division students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75. Students whose GPA drops below 2.75 must make progress each semester toward re-achieving the 2.75 GPA. Any further decline in GPA will result in removal from the architecture program. No ARCH or MARC designated course shall count toward graduation without a grade of C- or better. Failure to make a C- or better in any ARCH or MARC designated course after two tries will result in removal from the architecture program.

Degree Options: Master or Bachelor?

Most students considering careers in architecture should follow the requirements and courses of study described below for the Master of Architecture degree. This five-year program leads to a nationally accredited professional degree meeting the requirements for eventual licensure.

For various reasons, some students may prefer the four-year non-accredited pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies. Since the courses of study for these two degrees are identical for the first seven semesters of either program, students may freely declare or change major paths at any point prior to applying for graduation.

It is important that students carefully consider the ramifications of degree-path selection, since the B.S.A.S. degree will require a subsequent graduate-level accredited professional degree from another institution prior to licensure. Students receiving the Drury B.S.A.S. degree will not be eligible to also receive the Drury M. Arch. Degree, since both are considered undergraduate degrees. Degree-path options and selections should be discussed carefully with advisors, and students opting for the B.S.A.S. path who have particular career goals may benefit from consulting advising plans available in the office of the HSA Associate Dean.

International Architecture Program Requirement

The required International Architecture Program experience may be met either by:

  1.  Spending a semester at the Drury Center in Greece
  2. By participating in a Drury short-term summer study abroad architecture program
  3. By participating independently in an approved architecture-based program located outside the United States and operated by an institution other than Drury

The minimum requirements for approved programs are that the program must be at least 5 weeks in duration, and must include both ARCH 426/428 and ARCH 456/458 or equivalents. A student wishing to satisfy the International Architecture Program requirement with a non-Drury program must make a written proposal to the HSA International Studies Committee during the spring semester prior to admission to the HSA upper division. Deadlines for study-abroad applications and payment deposits will be distributed to all students during their first year.

Internship Requirement

The required 360 hours of approved internship must take place after completion of 60 hours of coursework and prior to admission to the fifth year of the program. This experience satisfies one of the two Engaged Learning experiences required by the Drury Core curriculum. Internship experience is documented through enrollment in and completion of the ARCH 461 Architecture Internship course.

Consideration of Transfer Credit

Transfer students seeking advanced placement in the studio sequence must submit a portfolio and transcripts. Transfer students, at the judgment of the faculty, may be admitted to the upper division on a probationary status for one semester, with subsequent full admission depending on performance.

Architecture Program Fees

Students participating in either the upper or lower divisions of the M. Arch. or B.S.A.S. curriculum are assessed Architecture Program Fees in the amount of $1000 per semester based on enrollment in the following architectural design studios:

  • ARCH 112
  • ARCH 213
  • ARCH 214
  • ARCH 315
  • ARCH 417
  • MARC 519
  • MARC 520
  • MARC 521

Fees support curricular and extra-curricular program enhancements consistent with maintaining a nationally accredited Master of Architecture program.

Dual Degree Options

Students may choose to use Free Electives and Divisional Requirements to obtain a minor or additional major in conjunction with the Master of Architecture, or to meet the undergraduate prerequisites for the dual Master of Architecture/Master in Business Administration degree option that is offered in collaboration with the Breech School of Business Administration.

For the dual degree option in Business Administration, students are required to complete 22 credit hours of undergraduate business courses and one additional year and summer at the graduate level in the Breech School of Business Administration. 30 graduate hours are required for the Master in Business Administration degree.

*The HSA M. Arch degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which requires that all accredited programs post the following statement:

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 U.S. 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 pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Drury University, Hammons School of Architecture, offers the following NAAB-accredited program: M. Arch. (168 total credit hours; minimum 36 master’s-level credit hours)