Undergraduate Study | Pre-Architecture

The USF School of Architecture and Community Design’s curriculum prepares its graduates for a full range of professional activities. The Master of Architecture degree is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). While SACD only offers graduate degrees and certificates, undergraduate students may, in some circumstances, enroll in the M. Arch. program before earning a bachelor’s degree. 

Note: The School of Architecture and Community Design does not award a bachelor’s degree. Rather, students electing this course of study will hold “undergraduate” status for their first 120 college credit hours and “graduate” status for the remaining credit hour requirement. The tuition for graduate level courses remains the same regardless of student status.

For incoming non-degree holding students, the School’s professional program involves a minimum of 165 credit hours of undergraduate and graduate work, leading to the M. Arch. degree. Once again, no bachelor’s degree is awarded. Before entering the graduate program, students are to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of general education and prerequisite courses at the University of South Florida or other college/university. Having completed these requirements, students will complete the School’s 108 credit hour, M. Arch. program. In recognition of students’ various personal and economic needs, the School has designed three different 108 credit hours tracks, an 8-semester track, a 10-semester track, and an 11-semester track.


The minimum 60 credit hours required for admission to the school must include:

  • an undergraduate course in Calculus ( with a C or better)
  • an undergraduate course in Physics ( with a C or better)
  • an undergraduate course in Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) ( with a B or better)
  • a GRE test score.

In addition, those students who do not have an associate’s degree in architecture must also complete the following:

  • Introduction to Architecture (ARC 2211) – 3 cr. hrs.
  • Introduction to Architectural Design/Graphics I (ARC 2131C) – 4 cr. hrs.
  • Introduction to Architectural Design/Graphics II (ARC 2135C) – 4 cr. hrs.
  • Creative art or design studio courses* – 3-4 cr. hrs.

*Examples include: Architectural Freehand Drawing Methods (ARC 2112L), Concepts and Practices I (ART 2101C), Concepts and Practices II (ART 2203C), Beginning Painting (ART 2500C), Beginning Drawing (ART 2301C), Beginning Painting (ART 2400C), Beginning Sculpture (ART 2701C)