The Master of Science in Architecture program is open to baccalaureate degree-holders who are interested in focused research in selected aspects of architecture. Candidates often come from backgrounds in real-estate development, engineering, and other fields associated in some way with architecture, although this is not a prerequisite of the program. As with the Master of Architectural Studies program, the thesis forms the major component of the curriculum. 45 units are required for completion of this program.
Note: The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) does not recognize and/or accredit Master of Science in Architecture degrees.
- Program Length: 1 Year
- Prerequisites: Undergraduate Degree in Any Field
- On-Campus Program
- Program Outline
Track I: Sustainable Design
There is a 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 lack of understanding, experience, and training. This track provides students with a grounding in the processes and design strategies that promote healthful cities.
Track II: Urban Design
The concentration in digital architecture and fabrication is open to graduate students who are interested in exploring, expanding, and/or deepening their knowledge and skills about buildings in both physical and virtual architecture, structure, and interior environments. With a strong emphasis on the state-of-the-art research in digital design and fabrication, computational programming for creative buildings and spaces to support the future of human activities and well-being, and nurture creativity, the studios will focus on complex architectural environments and the process of design assessment and optimizing of the elements and components of buildings and their spatial constituents. In these courses, topics such as human interactive spaces, intelligent façade design, structural investigation, spatial layout, mass and form typology, new smart materials, context-based shaping forces, as well as energy efficiency strategies, are thoroughly and systematically examined in an incremental but comprehensive manner with special focus on their impact on formation and reformation of the design solutions.
Our Master of Science in Architecture degree program can prepare you for the following careers:
- Architectural Manager
- Engineering Manager