The Master of Architecture degree is a postprofessional degree intended for persons already holding an accredited Bachelor of Architecture degree. (Postprofessional architecture degrees are not eligible for NAAB accreditation.) The M.Arch. is a 30-credit program that requires 24 credits of course work and 6 credits of thesis or thesis project. At least 18 credits must be at the 500 or 600 levels, and at least 24 credits must be taken in residence at University Park. The core courses consist of a total of 12 credits. The capstone of the M.Arch. degree program is a master's thesis or thesis (design) project, requiring the student to identify and formulate an area of inquiry within which to do original research and then to complete a project or a written thesis.