The Master of Architectural Studies degree offers students with a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture (First-Professional) degree an additional year of design study. As with the Master of Science in Architecture program, the thesis forms the major component of the curriculum. Students may elect to pursue a design project or series of projects in lieu of a traditional thesis. 45 units are required for completion of this program.

Note: The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) does not recognize and/or accredit Master of Architectural Studies degrees.

Students can choose between two lecture course sequence options to complement their degree:

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 specific concepts in neuroscience might be applied to design. We are a charter member of the Design Health Consortium and a founding member of the American Institute of Architect’s Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA).

In this track, students develop a working knowledge of the brain and learn aspects of how it processes spatial cues. Studio work utilizes an evidence-based design approach, grounding architectural concepts in neuroscience.

Track II: Healthy Urbanism

There is a growing acknowledgment 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 lack of understanding, experience, and training. This track provides students with a grounding in the processes and design strategies that promote healthful cities.

Our Master of Architectural Studies degree program can prepare you for the following careers:

  • Architect
  • Architectural Manager
  • Educator
  • Engineering Manager
  • Drafter