NewSchool offers an array of graduate architecture programs tailored to specific interests and backgrounds. All of our master’s degree programs emphasize the set of core concepts that guide us: the iterative relationship of practice to scholarship, the idea that environmental awareness informs everything we do, and our presence in the urban environment as a fundamental component of our outreach activities and of our very identity.

All graduate degree tracks focus on the design studio as the integrative center of the curriculum. Lecture courses, seminars, special studios, and other classes complement the experience by providing the requisite skills and content necessary to succeed. Professional electives allow students to experience areas of learning beyond the architectural core, including NewSchool’s other graduate program, construction management.

Outreach opportunities exist within NewSchool’s long-running Design Clinic, where students interact with actual clients on real projects in the San Diego region and beyond. Travel programs offer summer study and enrichment. The culmination of all degree options is the thesis or graduation project process, through which students in their final year of study explore self-generated topics often involving design projects.

The Master of Architecture program is a National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited first-professional degree that complements existing skills while expanding professional horizons as students work toward state licensure. This studio-focused graduate program allows students to explore what it means to be an architect in today’s world. Our students have the opportunity to work with real clients and culminate their education by completing a thesis project. This program also offers a 3-year and 4-year IPAL option. Learn more about the Master of Architecture degree program.

The Master of Architectural Studies degree is designed for students who want to advance their knowledge of architecture through focused study and design-studio work. This master’s program builds on foundational knowledge in art and design and integrates thesis-based learning and coursework to explore architecture in the context of history and theory, tectonics, urban design studies, and professional practice. Learn more about the Master of Architectural Studies degree program.

The Master of Science in Architecture degree is a program intended for students who do not plan to become licensed architects. Its emphasis is on research into problems in the built environment through a thesis or graduation project. Learn more about the Master of Science in Architecture degree program.

IPAL is a rigorous architecture program that combines the degree requirements for Master of Architecture, a NAAB accredited first-professional degree in architecture, Architectural Experience Program (AXP) hours, and the opportunity to take each of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) test sections before graduation. Learn more about the IPAL degree program.