Master of Science in Architecture

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The Master of Science in Architecture provides a flexible program through which students are immersed in special fields of research and practice related to architecture and the built environment. 

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For some students, the MS in Architecture is an opportunity to study and work in a professional field closely allied with architecture, following individually tailored  curricula, such as Historic Preservation and Urban Design. 

For other students, the degree allows for more open exploration of new concepts and methods of design. These include Ecological Practices, Inclusive Design, and Situated Technologies. Students may also custom-design a path of study, under faculty guidance, in interest areas and emerging fields, such as digital design and fabrication, facilities planning, and media arts.

Students need not have a background in architecture to be admitted—non-architects are encouraged to apply, as are those with an architecture or design background. 

Please note: the MS in Architecture is not accredited and does not lead to licensure. (Students seeking professional licensure should pursue our accredited Master of Architecture degree). 

The program consists of 48 credit hours of study, typically completed in three semesters, providing a path to advanced research or specialized practice.

Learn more about opportunities to focus your MS in Architecture

  • Historic Preservation and Urban Design
    Open to students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in focused study of urban design and historic preservation in preparation for professional practice in the field.
  • Ecological Practices
    Architecture, along with its allied professions of urban design, landscape architecture and planning, must be in the forefront of creative thinking about the post-industrial era. Because we make and unmake the world daily through building, we are responsible for a large percentage of resource extraction, depletion, energy use, carbon emissions, waste and transportation costs. It is projected that buildings consume as much as 60% of the world’s energy divided between our industrial production and buildings for other uses.
  • Inclusive Design
    Inclusive Design is design for all. A global movement that seeks to improve the usability of environments, products and systems for the widest range of people, inclusive design is grounded in the democratic values of non-discrimination, equal opportunity and personal empowerment. 
  • Situated Technologies
    Explore the intersection of architecture, new media, and computational technologies and the possibilities of human interaction with (and within) the built environment.

Interested in a Master of Science in Architecture?

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Kevin P. Donovan
Director of Graduate Recruitment
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