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Program Requirements

General Education Core Requirements

The School of Architecture requires certain core courses as part of the degree require­ments for the ArchD. These core requirements have been incorporated into the published degree requirements.

Students who transfer into the architecture program may be required to take additional core courses in order to satisfy the architecture program’s major requirements.

School Requirements

  • 215 credit hours of course work
  • UH Manoa General Education Core and graduation requirements
  • Architecture major requirements noted below
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 in architecture course work

Major Requirements

General Education Core courses:

  • ENG 100
  • MATH 140
  • HIST 151 and 152
  • ARCH 100, 235, 235L, 271 and 272
  • ART 1XX/2XX preferably freehand drawing
  • One approved 3xx oral communication course
  • PHYS 151, one science lab
  • One approved biological science course
  • One approved contemporary ethics course
  • One approved Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific issues course
  • Second level study of foreign language or Hawaiian language
  • ENG 200, 209, or 255
  • Five writing-intensive courses
  • ASAN 312 or approved Social Science course

Architecture major courses:

  • ARCH 100, 101, 10
  • ARCH 200, 201, 202, 218, 235, 235L, 271, 272
  • ARCH 301, 302, 315, 316, 317, 318, 320, 321
  • ARCH 401, 402, 417, 418, 431, 431L, 433, 474
  • ARCH 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, 508, 534, 535, 573


  • 33 credit hours of approved electives offered and/or approved by the School of Architecture, 6 of which are Study Abroad credits.

Special Requirements

All students are expected to have their own personal computer for studio and class work.

Comprehensive Portfolio Review Requirements

Each student must submit a Comprehensive Portfolio to the faculty for evaluation and approval before continuing to the Professional Architecture segment. Eligibility requirements for the Comprehensive Portfolio submittal are specified in the current design portfolio guidelines and include good academic standing and successful completion of the Pre-Professional Architecture program.

The student may advance once the portfolio has been approved. If the portfolio is determined to be marginal, the faculty will require additional coursework.

Other Requirements

Waiver or substitution of any required course must be approved by the Dean or Associate Dean. English as a Second Language (ESL) course work does not satisfy or substitute for the English requirements previously noted.

The School has adopted academic standards that are more restrictive than the general UH standards. Architecture students with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of less than 2.50 in architecture courses will be placed on probation. If the architecture GPA is not raised to 2.50 upon completion of the probationary semester, or if special conditions that may have been established by the Dean or Associate Dean at the start of that semester are not met, stu­dents may be suspended or dismissed from the architecture program. Students who fail to achieve a minimum acceptable grade after repeating any re­quired course can be dismissed from the architecture program. The School of Architecture strictly enforc­es the UH Manoa withdrawal deadline.

Transfer Credits

The academic records of successful applicants to the School of Architecture will be reviewed and transfer credits granted as appropriate. Architecture course requirements will be waived only for transfer credits that are deemed equivalent to courses offered by UH. Students may, on occasion, be granted exemption from taking certain UH Manoa courses based upon previous experiences or studies, but this exemption may not always result in the granting of transfer credits.

Prior to acceptance into the school, the School of Architecture does not formally review in detail applicant’s academic record, with regard to granting exemptions or transfer credits.

Additional Information

Specific questions about the Architecture Doctorate Degree program may be directed to the Associate Dean of the School of Architecture.

For information on student loans and scholarships, contact the UH Manoa Financial Aid Services Office.

Student Organizations

Students are encouraged to participate in the UH Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). The organization serves as the school’s student government and engages in a number of worthwhile activities. At the national level, the AIAS is one of five organizations participating in the accreditation of architectural programs.

The Gamma Mu Chapter of the Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society includes students who maintain a 3.0 GPA and are at the top twenty percent of their class.

Honors and Awards

Alpha Rho Chi Medal, National Professional Architectural Fraternity Award
Henry Adams Medal, American Institute of Architects Award
Henry Adams Certificate, American Institute of Architects Award
Allen R. Johnson-Roy C. Kelley Architectural Research Travel Scholarship
David Stringer Fellowship
School of Architecture Architectural Research Travel Scholarship
School of Architecture Intern/Travel Scholarship (multiple)
School of Architecture Architectural Travel Scholarships (multiple)
School of Architecture International Student Exchange Program (multiple)
Building Industry Association of Hawai‘i Architectural Travel Scholarship
Building Industry Association of Hawai‘i Women’s Council Travel Scholarship
Construction Specifications Institute Architectural Travel Scholarship
HonBlue Architectural Research Travel Scholarship
American Institute of Architects Honolulu Chapter/School of Architecture Alumni Association Design Awards for Outstanding Achievement in 100, 200, 300, and 400 level design studios
School of Architecture Alumni Association Scholarship
Armstrong Builders Scholarship
George J. Wimberly Architectural Research Travel Scholarship and Internship at Wimberly Allison Tong and Goo (WATG)

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