May 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin 
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Architecture BSA (Professional Degree Track)

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The professional degree program consists of a pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture and then a Master of Architecture. When earned sequentially, the degree track results in the accredited professional education.

Total Credits - 138


A minimum of 7 credits of architecture electives at the undergraduate level.  Elective must be selected from ARCH, BSCM, and INT courses. Selection of electives outside of school offerings requires the approval of the school faculty.

Cognates - 11

Additional Requirements

Continued Undergraduate Enrollment Requirements


Enrollment Requirement(s)

Pre-Professional Year One

  1. 2.5 Cumulative GPA

Pre-Professional Year Two

  1. Application and $40 fee
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.75
  3. Portfolio
  4. Three letters of recommendation (two must be from academic sources)
  5. Letter of Intent
  6. Official transcripts (transfer students only)
  7. Acceptance into Professional Degree Track

Analytical Summer Abroad

Each student is required to attend the Analytical Summer Abroad (ARCH330). This program is usually five weeks in duration. Students completing Professional Track Year One should make plans accordingly. For further information, consult the School of Architecture & Interior Design.

Undergraduate Electives - 5

Courses must be non-ARCH courses.

General Education (Andrews Core Experience)

Students must fulfill all Bachelor’s Degree requirements listed in the Andrews Core Experience .

Maintaining Academic Standing

Students are required to complete the BSA in a specific path sequence.  Please see the attached chronological listing  of courses by year with academic requirements.

Academic standards apply to the BS, BSA, BID and BSCM. A grade of C- or higher is required in order to continue in the design studio sequence. A grade of less than C- requires a student to repeat that studio before advancing in the studio sequence. Faculty approval is required for any studio course to be repeated.  This includes ART 104 , ARCH 126 , ARCH 215 , ARCH 247 , ARCH 318 , ARCH 320 , ARCH 441 , ARCH 442 ; INT 341 , INT 342 , INT 441 , INT 442 .)

Students accepted to the BSA Professional Degree Track are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA requirement of 2.75 for acceptance into the Master of Architecture year (see Graduate-Year Enrollment requirements). Students whose cumulative GPA falls below this minimum requirement are not allowed to continue to the Master of Architecture Year (graduate-year) but may be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BSA), the pre-professional component of the professional Master of Architecture. The BSA alone is not an NAAB-accredited degree. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 is required to receive the BSA.

Admission Requirements

Application Process

BSA Professional Degree Track, BID or BSCM

Students seeking to pursue the *BSA Professional Degree Track, BID or BSCM must first submit an Andrews University undergraduate application for acceptance to the University. Students admitted to the University on regular standing are eligible to begin Pre-Professional Year One, which is a common first-year experience between these programs.

Upon completion of Pre-Professional Year One students must:

  1. Declare their degree program choice (BSA Professional Degree Track, BID or BSCM) and
  2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Upon completion of Pre-Professional Year Two students must apply for acceptance to their respective programs. The application packet may be obtained from the School and must be submitted directly to the School by the application deadline. Minimum requirements to be considered for admission to these programs are outlined under each program curricula.

* Students taking the BSA Professional Degree Track who plan to pursue the Master of Architecture must meet the standards outlined under Graduate-Year Enrollment.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants who have no previous work in architectural/ interior design must complete the foundation years (pre-professional years one and two) and then make formal application to their program choice.

Advanced Standing. Transfer students from another architecture program may apply for advanced standing (third or fourth year) in their program choice. Transfer students applying for advanced standing are required to submit both the university application  and the School of Architecture & Interior Design application. Please contact the School for specific information.

Tentative placement into the design sequence is made after the Admissions Committee has evaluated the student’s submissions. After one term, the student is given final placement in the design sequence and, on the basis of transfer-course evaluations, receives credit for previous academic work towards the Andrews University degree.

The School does not accept applications to the Master of Architecture year only.

Summer Studio. In some cases, completion of the Summer Studio program is best for transfer students. Prior to application, students must have a transcript analysis done by the School to determine eligibility for the program. It is expected that students pursuing the summer studio option will have completed the majority of Andrews Core Experience courses normally required in Pre-Professional Year One.

Application to the Summer Studio is made by filling out an Andrews University Undergraduate Application. Students applying to this program, in addition to applying to Andrews University, must also contact the School of Architecture & Interior Design directly to confirm their reservation for the class.

Graduate Year Admission

In addition to meeting the General Minimum Admission Requirements for graduate degree programs, the following School requirements apply to the graduate phase of this program.

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree—BSA: Architecture.
  2. Successful completion of all undergraduate coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  3. Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).  The GRE must be taken AND scores reported prior to beginning the M.Arch. year.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, students should be able to:

  • Build abstract relationships and understand the impact of ideas based on the study and analysis of multiple theoretical, social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental contexts.
  • Use a diverse range of skills to think about and convey architectural ideas, including writing, investigating, speaking, drawing, and modeling.
  • Comprehend the technical aspects of design, systems, and materials, and be able to apply that comprehension to architectural solutions.
  • Synthesize a wide range of variables into an integrated design solution.
  • Understand business principles for the practice of architecture, including management, advocacy, and the need to act legally, ethically, and critically for the good of the client, society, and the public.

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