Overview of Programs


The USF School of Architecture and Community Design offers a 2+4 program. A two-year undergraduate architecture program, coupled with general education coursework, is followed by a rigorous four-year comprehensive architecture education. There are several routes into and through the SACD architecture curriculum. Access to the four-year graduate program is competitive with only 45 students selected annually.  

Before entering the 4-year architecture graduate program, students complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of general education and prerequisite courses at the University of South Florida or another college/university (the “2” of the 2+4). Having completed these requirements, students will complete the School’s 108 credit hour, Master of Architecture (M. Arch) degree program (the “4” of the 2+4). For more information regarding these requirements and coursework can be found on the Undergraduate page 

Students coming from other universities seeking to apply into the graduate program need to apply both to the university as a whole and to the school specifically. For more information regarding the various curriculum tracks offered to incoming graduate students please see the Master of Architecture page


The Master of Urban and Community Design (MUCD) degree is a rigorous 3-semester post-professional degree program focusing on issues relevant to the evolving contemporary city. The program is a comprehensive course of study focused on a range of urban issues including post-industrial, global and traditional cities, urbanism and ecology, transit and transportation, towns and communities, sustainability and associated social, economic, political and ethical issues. Stressing community engagement, the program works with regional municipalities, private organizations and stakeholders to define and address complex urban issues.

The program provides opportunities for students to participate in a variety of faculty led research projects developed in concert with the USF School of Architecture and Community Design’s research unit, the Florida Center for Community Design and Research (FCCDR). The program also associates with the USF School for Global Sustainability (SGS) and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (URP) in the College of Arts and Sciences. The MUCD program welcomes applications from students holding a professional degree in architecture, landscape architecture or a similar design based program.