Architecture Program Information - Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture

Architecture Program Information



Degree Requirements



The Division of Architecture offers a 4+ year Bachelor of Architecture degree that is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and fulfills the educational prerequisites for professional registration required by most state boards.

The core of our curriculum is defined by a parallel set of Design studios and Methods courses. The Methods courses will directly inform Design studios with issues of fundamental design, materials, environmental technologies, the craft of manual and digital fabrication, professional ethics, and the realities of architectural practice. These parallel courses will be taught in collaboration with courses in structures, history, and theory. Further, we have created opportunities for our students to immerse themselves in alternative cultural studies, to gain experience within professional work environments, and to productively collaborate within and across disciplines.

As a Faculty, our aspiration is to create architects who are recognized for their abilities as critical thinkers and practical problem solvers as well as demonstrate a foundational knowledge grounded in design and material aptitude. Learning within the philosophical environment of Creating_Making, we strive to educate students toward an ethical leadership model committed to employing their aggregate skills as a means of serving and improving the diverse social and cultural environments in which we live.


Degree Requirements:

Master of Architecture

Master of Architecture–Accelerated with B.S. in Architectural Studies

Master of Architecture via pre-arch 3 year

Master of Architecture via pre-arch 2 year



The Division of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma is committed to educating students of diverse backgrounds and interests through graduate level studies in architecture. Focused on advancing architecture and society through education, scholarship, and service, the graduate degree programs provide a creative and challenging forum through which students engage environmental and social issues, thereby actively shaping the profession of architecture. Our graduates are known for their exceptional design abilities as well as their critical problem-solving and leadership skills.  Established on a core foundation of ethics and sustainability, our graduate programs enable and equip students to deal with complex real world issues that go beyond the realm of design.

Located in Norman, Oklahoma with a branch campus in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the architecture program at the University of Oklahoma draws from the region’s rich cultural legacy. Our graduate degree programs in architecture offer students opportunities to learn and work in a collaborative and multi-disciplinary environment through coursework, faculty-led research projects, and student-led associations. As the Flagship Research Institution in the State, faculty and students are collectively engaged in the production of new knowledge through research and creative practices. The OU College of Architecture is home to five disciplines connected by a focus on the built environment: Architecture, Construction Science, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Regional and City Planning. Graduate students are encouraged to work with faculty from across the college to shape an individually tailored degree program.  This focus on both broad collaboration and specialization is combined with an emphasis on the hands-on pursuit of creating and making, which reflects the OU approach: our students dream big and work hard to produce credible solutions to urgent global and local problems.


Programs Offered

Seven-semester Master of Architecture Program

This program is designed for students with bachelor’s degrees in fields other than architecture. This degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Four-semester Master of Architecture Program

This degree program is available to students’ holding bachelors degrees in architecture or, in certain cases, environmental design depending on the undergraduate coursework completed. This degree is accredited by the NAAB.

Three-semester Master of Science in Architecture Program

This research-oriented degree offers an opportunity to develop a specialized research agenda in a range of architectural topics.

Ph.D. in Planning, Design and Construction Program

This degree presents an opportunity to engage in advanced research within a multi-disciplinary college.


How to Apply

All students applying to graduate programs in the College of Architecture must submit their applications through the Graduate College’s online portal. All applicants must meet a 3.0 minimum grade point average. Furthermore, Physics and Calculus are required for entry into the professional Masters of Architecture degree options. Applicants to the 4 semester degree track program may be admitted to the 7 semester program and required to submit documentation related to coursework completed elsewhere in order to gain advanced standing. The purpose for this stipulation is to comply with standards established by NAAB, which requires evidence that certain learning objectives/criteria have been met in prior coursework.


Application Requirements

Master of Science (M044)

Three (3) letters of recommendation
Writing Sample
Letter of Intent
Transcript (GPA above 3.0)
GRE Required
TOEFL Required

Master of Architecture (M046/Two Year; M047/Three Year)

Three (3) letters of recommendation
Writing Sample
Letter of Intent
Transcript (GPA above 3.0)
No GRE Required
TOEFL Required

Accelerated Program (F046)

Apply with the Graduate College
Transcript (GPA above 3.0)

Preceptorship / AXP™

The AXP™ coordinator for the University of Oklahoma is Michael Hoffner.

A preceptorship experience is required in the curriculum and can be used as hours toward the AXP™ requirement of licensure. To satisfy this requirement students must remember to enroll in the special zero credit hour course, Arch 4160. As the course description reads:

This preceptorship requirement corresponds with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and provides students with experience in an architecture office or in a related field. Students must follow the Division’s Preceptorship Program Guidelines in order to verify the appropriate experience is gained and documented.


News from NCARB:

After establishing a record with NCARB you can begin to log AXP™ experience hours. These hours are a required component of the NCARB program towards licensure.

It is important to take note of the time periods that hours must be reported within. To earn full credit for hours worked, you must submit experience within eight months: the experience submitted must be reported in periods of no longer than six months and within two months of completing each reporting period. Experience reported after this eight-month period (and as far as five years back) is still eligible to receive 50 percent credit towards the AXP™ record. Experience earned beyond five years will not count toward your AXP™ hours. Read more here.

You can now report hours for AXP™ credit with the My AXP mobile app! You can log hours, submit experience reports to supervisors, review your progress, and more. Read more here



Q: How do I start recording my AXP™ hours?
A: You need to start your NCARB Record. You can start earning hours after graduating from high school (or establishing the equivalent). Go to and click on the LOGIN button. Look for the Establish Record option, and begin to fill out the required fields. The fee to start your licensure candidate record is $100 and includes the first year. Each year after the initial is one annual fee of $85.

Q: How many total AXP™ hours do I need to fulfill the requirement for licensure?
A: The AXP™ identifies 96 key tasks that fall into six practice areas. The minimum requirement is a total of 3,740 hours across these six areas.
Important: Each jurisdiction sets its own requirements for initial licensure, so check with your board to ensure you are recording enough experience. Some jurisdictions require more hours than the minimum 3,740 hours. Read more here

Q: Does my foreign experience count toward fulfillment of the AXP™ program?
A: Yes. A maximum of 1,860 hours may be earned for work completed in a foreign country under the supervision of a licensed architect in that country. Read more (PDF)

Q: I am trying to get an unpaid internship with a well-known firm. Will that count toward AXP™ credit?
A: Unpaid internships are not eligible to earn experience hours with the exception of the approved Community-Based Design Center/Collaborative as defined in experience setting O. Read more (PDF)

Q: Who is my AXP Supervisor?
A: Your AXP supervisor manages you on a daily basis and is ultimately responsible for your work. Their main task is to assign projects that give you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required by the AXP, as well as provide feedback that helps guide your professional development. Your supervisor will also review your experience reports and certify that your work meets the expectations and requirements of the AXP. Learn more about your supervisor’s role.

Q: When can I begin to take the ARE licensing examinations?
A: Before you can schedule an ARE exam, your jurisdiction’s board of architecture will need to approve your eligibility to test. Each jurisdiction sets its own rules regarding when you’re eligible to take the ARE, so be sure to meet your jurisdiction’s requirements before requesting eligibility.