Accelerated Dual Degree Programs Information

The Accelerated Dual Degree Programs allow students to customize their education, breaking outmoded disciplinary silos and expanding professional opportunities for our graduates. Layering an additional area of expertise to their primary area of study affords students the credentials and competencies to tackle a broad range of design and industry-related projects and to address pressing environmental and community-based issues.

By submatriculating as a graduate student while completing their baccalaureate degree, a student achieves advanced standing in a graduate program, thereby reducing both time and tuition. The Accelerated Dual Degree Programs enable students to complete two professional degrees in just two to four semesters of additional coursework, depending upon program requirements.

This interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary educational model fosters nimble, flexible problem solving on multiple levels. Working in team and/or studio centered processes, students engage in real world, experiential and collaborative learning. The Accelerated Dual Degree programs prepare students for the complexities of contemporary practice and afford our graduates a competitive edge in today’s market.

5+1 Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Interior Architecture
4+2 B.S. Interior Design and Master of Architecture
5+1 Bachelor of Architecture and M.S. in Real Estate Development
4+1 B.S. in Interior Design and M.S. in Sustainable Design
4+1 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and M.S. Geospatial Technologies for Geodesign
1+1 M.S. in Sustainable Design and M.S. in Construction Management




5+1 Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Interior Architecture

The combined Bachelor of Architecture and the Master of Interior Architecture 5+1 Accelerated Degree is an innovative educational model that allows students to achieve two accredited professional degrees. The program’s transdisciplinary nature encourages students to think broadly and envision innovative solutions to design-related problems. The 5+1 BArch/MSIA Accelerated Dual Degree creates a pathway for students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in Interior Architecture while completing the undergraduate, professional program in Architecture.

The 5+1 Accelerated Degree enables an undergraduate Architecture major to complete three graduate courses required by the Master of Interior Architecture program, for a maximum of eleven graduate course credits, while completing the undergraduate Bachelor of Architecture degree. By overlapping the two programs, a student achieves advanced standing in the three year, 69-credit Master of Interior Architecture program while an undergraduate and can complete the MSIA degree with an additional 20 credits. Upon graduation from the BArch program, a student may fulfill requirements for MSIA in one year of full-time study, comprising fall and spring semesters, for a total reduction of two years of graduate coursework and tuition.

Contact Jim Doerfler at DoerflerJ@PhilaU.edu and Lauren Baumbach at Baumbach@PhilaU.edu for more information.

4+2 B.S. Interior Design and Master of Architecture 

The combined B.S. Interior Design and the Master of Architecture 4+2 Accelerated Degree Option is intended for students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in Architecture while completing the undergraduate, professional program in Interior Design. The 4+2 Accelerated Degree Option enables an undergraduate Interior Design major to complete four graduate courses required by the Master of Architecture program, for a maximum of twelve graduate course credits, while completing the undergraduate B.S. Interior Design degree. By sub-matriculating, a student achieves advanced standing in the three and a half year,100-credit Master of Architecture program and can complete the M.Arch degree with 52 credits. Upon graduation from the B.S Interior Design program, a student may fulfill requirements for the M.Arch in two years of full-time study, comprising fall and spring semesters, for a total reduction of a year and half of graduate coursework and tuition.

The B.S. Interior Design and M.Arch 4+2 Accelerated Dual Degree supports engaged, collaborative, active learning infused with “real world” issues. The design studios and core courses participate in collaborative projects with students working in other majors across the College as well as throughout the University.  There is a strong potential for interdisciplinary research and design opportunities that engage community groups in public interest projects with the participation of industry partners.

Contact Lauren Baumbach at BaumbachL@PhilaU.edu and Jim Doerfler at DoerflerJ@PhilaU.edu for more information.

5+1 Bachelor of Architecture and M.S. in Real Estate Development

The M.S. in Real Estate Development is an ideal choice for architects who not only demonstrate entrepreneurial initiative, but also demand design excellence and are cognizant of the economic, social and, significantly, environmental impact of architectural interventions into the built environment. While working toward the Bachelor of Architecture degree, students complete four graduate courses required by the 37-credit M.S. Real Estate Development program and can complete the remaining 25 credits in one year of full-time study. The M.S. in Real Estate Development trains architects to take the next step in the complex process of bringing a design project from concept to fruition.

Professional accountability and ethical practices regarding the environmental impact of architecture are values that connect these two programs, making the combination of these two fields an advantageous choice for students. Faculty includes architects who have been successful as developers through innovation and the invention of specific strategies to overcome financial shortcomings and policy roadblocks.

Contact Howard Ways at WaysH@PhilaU.edu and Jim Doerfler at DoerflerJ@PhilaU.edu for more information.

 

4+1 B.S. in Interior Design and M.S. in Sustainable Design

The Interior Design and Sustainable Design departments have teamed up to create an accelerated option for obtaining the two degrees in just five years, in lieu of the standard six years.  This is a natural partnership between two allied disciplines in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment and an exciting opportunity to build a valuable and unique educational resume and obtain an advanced degree.

With guided course selection at the undergraduate level, students can obtain advanced standing in the graduate program, which allows them to complete the M.S. in Sustainable Design degree in just one year allowing students to save on tuition.

Our award-winning undergraduate Interior Design Program has been teaching the principals of sustainable design for over 15 years and our graduate Sustainable Design Program was one of the first of its kind in the U.S.  Students who complete these two programs are uniquely qualified to serve as leaders in the design industry and the rapidly evolving global economy, which needs designers with expertise in the design of sustainable interior environments.

Contact Lauren Baumbach at BaumbachL@PhilaU.edu and Rob Fleming at FlemingR@PhilaU.edu for more information.

 

4+1 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and M.S. Geospatial Technologies for Geodesign

The 4+1 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and M.S. in Geospatial Technology for Geodesign is intended for landscape architecture students interested in leveraging advanced geospatial technologies and sustainable design practices in the pursuit of innovative solutions to urban design and urban planning problems. In a hands-on, team-based, learning environment, students gain skills necessary to address complex “real-world” design problems with geospatial visualization and analysis tools. Students pursuing the combined Bachelor of Architecture and M.S. Geospatial Technology for Geodesign reduce the total graduate credits from 36 to 27 credits in an additional year of full-time study.

Contact Kimberlee Douglas at DouglasK@PhilaU.edu and Jim Querry at QuerryJ@PhilaU.edu for more information.

 

1+1 M.S. in Sustainable Design and M.S. in Construction Management

This is a unique full-time, accelerated option for students with a passion for both sustainable design and construction practices. Rather than completing both graduate curricula separately and obtaining the degrees independently, this option allows students to better capitalize on the synergies between the two disciplines and increase their competitive edge while reducing tuition cost and time. This 1+1 degree option provides a means for students to fully explore both disciplines in as little as two years resulting in the award of both degrees. The total number of credits required to earn both degrees is reduced from 70 to 63.

Contact Rob Fleming at FlemingR@PhilaU.edu and Edward Keeter at KeeterE@PhilaU.edu for more information.