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Master of Science in Architecture

MS 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.

Degree Program

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:

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)

Application Requirements

Anyone applying for admission to the Master of Science in Architecture program must meet the following requirements.

Download a PDF file detailing these requirements.


For more information on our graduate programs in architecture, please contact:

Meredith Foley, Graduate Recruitment and Student Services Coordinator
Doug Spencer, Director of Graduate Education

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