Master of Science in Architecture
The Master of Science in Architecture (MS in Arch) is a 30-credit research degree with a required graduate thesis. The priority application submission date is January 4 annually. View application requirements. Applications received after the priority application date will be reviewed only as program resources permit.
This degree program is open to applicants who hold a professional degree in architecture or other related design fields. Applicants are required to submit a research proposal that lies within one of the following study areas:
- Intersections of Architecture, Aesthetics & Technology
- Social Formations of Architecture and Urbanization: Histories and Theories
- Theories and Practices for Sustainable Architecture
The degree is also open to applicants with non-professional degrees in various fields depending on the study area proposed by the applicant.
Once accepted, an MS in Arch student designates a professor to supervise her/his studies and to advise her/him in formulating her/his course of study in accordance with her/his research proposal. The course requirements are distributed as follows:
- 6 credits – two history/theory seminars (ARCH 597 & ARCH 598)
- 9 credits – courses within the study area
- 6 credits – electives
- 3 credits – thesis preparation
- 6 credits – graduate thesis
- Non-credit – all-grad seminar (ARCH 698)
Anyone applying for admission to the Master of Science in Architecture program must meet the following requirements.
- ISU Graduate College Application
- Architecture Program Application Form (PDF)
- Research proposal
- Three letters of recommendation
- TOEFL scores (international applicants only)
- Financial statement (international applicants only)
Our graduate programs in architecture (Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture) have been officially designated as STEM degree programs (CIP code 04.0902). With this new designation — which refers to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) — international MArch and MS in Architecture graduates are eligible to extend their F-1 visas for up to three years after graduation in order to work in the United States.