Master of Science in Architecture

Master of Science in Architecture Degree Program

The Master of Science in Architecture program is intended for students who do not plan on becoming registered architects. Its emphasis is on research into problems in the built environment, through a thesis or graduation project process. Admission to the program requires a baccalaureate degree. Students must complete a minimum of 45 quarter credits. It typically requires 1 to 2 academic years of full-time study.

Choose from Two Tracks:

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

Track I: 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).

The courses include: AR5711 Environmental Psychology, AR5721 Neuroscience, AR5731 Seminars in Neuroscience for Architecture

Track II: 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.

The courses include: AR5811 Urban Issues, AR5821 Urban Design, AR5831 Livable Communities Design

Program Features

The MS Architecture program has a progressive curriculum that focuses on research into problems in the built environment. 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.