Master of Science in Architecture

Master of Science in Architecture Degree Program

At NewSchool of Architecture & Design, the Master of Science in Architecture (MS Architecture) degree program teaches you the theories and practical application of sustainable design and functional aesthetics. The program is intended for students who are interested in focused architectural research in Neuroscience for Architecture or Healthy Urbanism.


All Master of Science in Architecture students select a research track that determines their lecture course sequence. There are two research tracks: Neuroscience for Architecture and Healthy Urbanism.

Neuroscience for Architecture: NewSchool is at the forefront of research into the connection between neuroscience and architecture. Our research explores the power of architecture on the mind and how neuroscientific concepts might be applied to design. We are a charter member of the Design Health Consortium, a collaboration among 11 architecture and medical colleges dedicated to researching these connections. We are also a founding member of AIA’s Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA).

Healthy Urbanism: There is growing acknowledgement that the way cities and neighborhoods are designed directly impacts the health of residents, workers, and visitors. At the same time, many designers and planners fail to create healthy urban environments through a lack of understanding, experience, and training. The Healthy Urbanism track provides a grounding in the processes and design strategies that promote healthful cities.

Program Features

The MS Architecture program has a progressive curriculum that focuses your efforts on rejuvenating communities. Review the following resources to explore this program further:

  • Program Course Sequence: After obtaining a basic background in the industry-wide principles of architecture, students choose either Neuroscience for Architecture or Healthy Urbanism as their lecture course sequence.
  • Program Data: Read data about program costs, types of occupations, completion rates, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.
  • Career Opportunities: Learn about the career paths you can take after earning a Master of Science in Architecture degree.

From urban planning to interior design, many professions today benefit from in-depth study of architecture. If you want to enrich your knowledge of the field but don’t plan to pursue architectural licensing, consider a Master of Science in Architecture. Students with a bachelor’s degree in architecture or any other field may apply for this program. The program typically requires one to two years of full-time study to achieve 45 required credits.

Note on Licensure and Accreditation

Please note that the Master of Science in Architecture is not a professional degree and is not recognized and/or accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). For complete details on programmatic accreditation, please refer to Accreditation and Memberships.