M.Arch/M.E.M.

School of Architecture/School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Alexander Felson
Coordinator

The Yale School of Architecture and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies offer a joint-degree program in Architecture and Environmental Management. This program is directed to individuals who wish to become leaders in sustainable architecture and ecological design, with a focus on the integration of ecological science, energy systems, and global urbanization patterns with architecture and urbanism. Capitalizing on the breadth and depth of expertise at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in ecosystem ecology, land change science, environmental economics, industrial ecology, and ecological anthropology, this program fosters students who can innovatively merge ecological science with architecture at the site, city, and regional scales. The joint-degree program offers a focused and restricted curriculum that enables a student to obtain both a Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) degree and a Master of Environmental Management (M.E.M.) degree one year earlier than would be required if each degree were pursued independently; that is, in four years if admitted to the first professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch. I) program, or in three years if admitted to the second professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch. II) program.

Individuals seeking admission to this joint-degree program must apply and be admitted to one of the two School of Architecture Master of Architecture programs (M.Arch. I or M.Arch. II) and also apply and be admitted separately to the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Master of Environmental Management program. Consequently, applicants must submit all required admissions materials and prerequisites for application to each of these programs, indicating their desire to be, in addition, considered for the joint program.

Students may apply to both schools at the same time and, if accepted, will begin their studies at the School of Architecture, since admission to the School cannot be deferred. Those who apply simultaneously should indicate their desire to be considered for the joint program on both applications. Students at the School of Architecture may apply to the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies prior to their final year. Students enrolled at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies may apply to the School of Architecture during their first year. Inquiries may be directed to the registrar at either the School of Architecture or the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Withdrawal or dismissal from the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies will automatically oblige a student to complete all normal requirements for the School of Architecture M.Arch. degree (108 credits for first professional degree; 72 credits for post-professional degree option). Furthermore, the M.Arch. degree will not be awarded to joint-degree candidates until they have completed all requirements for both degrees.

Master of Architecture I—Master of Environmental Management

Joint-degree students admitted to the first professional Master of Architecture (M. Arch. I) program must complete all requirements for this degree, including five terms of design studio plus a final advanced sustainable design studio, with the first four terms taken sequentially. The Master of Architecture degree for this program is an accredited, professional degree and specific requirements may not be bypassed, except when waivers are granted for course work previously completed at other institutions. Students in this program will have their overall number of course credits required for the Master of Architecture degree reduced from the normal 108 credits to 90 credits and for the Master of Environmental Management degree reduced from the normal 48 credits to 36 credits by, in effect, satisfying what would have been elective requirements in one program with required courses of the other. Students in the joint-degree program may be waived from the History and Theory and/or Urbanism and Landscape elective requirements.

Joint students within the Master of Architecture program may waive specific course requirements if they have taken equivalent courses at other institutions, although total credit requirements will not be altered. Consequently, these students may be able to better integrate Forestry & Environmental Studies courses during the first year of the program.

The joint-degree curriculum is composed of core courses and electives in both Schools, plus two short summer courses in visualization and technical skills training, two summer internships, and the School of Architecture’s first-year building project.

Course of Study*

90 credits from School of Architecture and 36 credits from School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

First Year

At School of Architecture: all required courses of the first-year M.Arch I program

Second Year

At School of Architecture: all required courses, except only one elective, of the second-year M.Arch I program

At School of Forestry & Environmental Studies: two electives, summer technical skills training (MODS), summer internship

Third Year

At School of Architecture: one advanced studio†

At School of Forestry & Environmental Studies: core courses (Foundational and Integrative Frameworks courses), electives, summer internship

Fourth Year

At School of Architecture: one advanced studio†; 2031a, Architectural Practice and Management

At School of Forestry & Environmental Studies: core course (Capstone course), electives, Integrative Project

*Once accepted into the joint-degree program, candidates should consult with the program’s coordinator to determine a more definitive course of study. The Schools reserve the right to change the prescribed course of study as necessary.

Unless approved otherwise by the program’s coordinator, one of the required advanced studios must be a sustainability-designated studio.

Master of Architecture II—Master of Environmental Management

Joint-degree students admitted to the second professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch. II) program must complete all requirements for this degree, including three terms of design studio plus a final advanced sustainable design studio, with the first two terms taken consecutively. The Master of Architecture degree for this program is a non-accredited degree. Students in this program will have their overall number of course credits required for the Master of Architecture degree reduced from the normal 72 credits to 54 credits, including three advanced studios plus the advanced sustainable design studio, and for the Master of Environmental Management degree reduced from the normal 48 credits to 36 credits by, in effect, satisfying what would have been elective requirements in one program with required courses of the other.

The joint-degree curriculum is composed of core courses and electives in both Schools, plus one short summer course in technical skills training and one summer internship.

Course of Study*

54 credits from School of Architecture and 36 credits from School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

First Year

At School of Architecture: all required courses of the first-year M.Arch. II program†

At School of Forestry & Environmental Studies: summer technical skills training (MODS)

Second Year

At School of Architecture: all required courses of the second-year M.Arch. II program†, although one advanced studio may be postponed until the third year

At School of Forestry & Environmental Studies: electives, summer internship

Third Year

At School of Forestry & Environmental Studies: core courses (Foundational, Integrative Frameworks, and Capstone courses), electives, Integrative Project

*Once accepted into the joint-degree program, candidates should consult with the program’s coordinator to determine a more definitive course of study. The Schools reserve the right to change the prescribed course of study as necessary.

Unless approved otherwise by the program’s coordinator, one of the required advanced studios must be a sustainability-designated studio.