University of South Florida - My School of Architecture University of South Florida - My School of Architecture

University of South Florida


Tampa, FL

Degrees Offered

Master of Architecture


Founded in 1986 as a graduate program, the University of South Florida’s School of Architecture and Community Design (SACD) was the first state school of architecture in Florida to be located in a major metropolitan center. Metro Tampa Bay, a significant post-war urban territory with some 3 million residents in a five county area, serves as an architectural and urban design laboratory. The school maintains close ties to the Tampa Bay chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and numerous architectural offices throughout the state. Our graduates practice throughout Florida and across the US, as well as abroad. Our colleagues in the USF College of The Arts are the School of Art and Art History, School of Music and School of Theatre and Dance, in addition to the Contemporary Art Museum and Graphicstudio, a word renowned professional print atelier.

The SACD curriculum prepares its graduates for a full range of professional activities. The Master of Architecture degree (M. ARCH) is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and is a professional degree required for licensure.


The University of South Florida is a large, public 4-year university offering undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral level degrees. The USF System is comprised of three schools: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Serving more than 49,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and is ranked 41st in the nation for research expenditures among all universities, public or private.

USF is comprised of 14 colleges offering more than 180 undergraduate majors and concentrations—with some of the most populated colleges being USF Health, Arts & Sciences, Business and Engineering. We also have numerous degree programs at the graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. USF prides itself on being a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success.