Graduate Architecture Programs

Rooted in design thinking, we focus on preparation for practice, architectural research and project based learning with our architecture degree programs. We are defined by what we call the 4 institutional pillars:

  • Preparation for practice: our graduate architecture degree programs focus on preparing our students to work in the field, and therefore are not only theory based. We emphasize practice and studio culture, and the program curriculum is built on evidence based design and project based learning model.
  • International reach: as a part of Laureate network of universities, we are able to provide unparalleled global opportunities for our students. With international faculty prominent in the field, you’ll be exposed to many different approaches to design and innovative technologies at our school. Architecture students participate in and experience a truly global classroom environment with unique study abroad programs, a diverse international student body, cross-location collaborations, flexible online learning, and world-renowned guest lecturers.
  • Sustainability: our focus on sustainability and environmental stewardship permeates everything that we do at NewSchool.
  • Urban engagement: with our dynamic urban location in downtown San Diego’s design district, we are an urban laboratory to our community which allows students to work on exciting, real world projects all throughout their architectural education journey at NewSchool.

New! Integrated Path to Architecture Licensure (IPAL)

NewSchool is proud to announce that we are one of only 14 initial schools in the nation that have been accepted by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) to participate in the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL). This initiative provides students an opportunity to complete architectural license requirements for licensure while earning their graduate architecture degree, therefore significantly reducing time to launch their careers as licensed architects.

NewSchool’s IPAL program, a four-year graduate degree program, is launching in the fall of 2016. This rigorous architecture education program combines all requirements for architectural licensure, including Architectural Experience Program (AXP) hours and the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE). The program allows students to begin taking the ARE tests during the second, third and fourth years – two test sections each year. The final (fourth) year of the program will consist of a full-time practicum and final ARE tests. NewSchool is currently accepting applications for the program.

Master of Architecture I

The Master of Architecture I is a NAAB accredited, first professional degree, giving you the skills to turn your interests into practice as well as the opportunity to pursue state architecture licensure. This master’s degree program offers 2-year and 3-year tracks - as well as a new 4-year Licensure Upon Graduation track, allowing you to chart the course that best fits your experience and needs. This master’s degree in architecture complements your existing skills while expanding your professional horizons as you work toward state licensure.

This studio-focused graduate program allows students to explore what it means to be an architect in today’s world. Students will have opportunities to work with real clients getting hands-on experience and can culminate their education by taking part in the thesis process. NewSchool also offers several exciting travel and study abroad programs for extended study and enrichment.

Master of Architectural Studies (5+1)

The Master of Architectural Studies (5+1) is designed for students already possessing a first professional degree in architecture who want to expand your expertise in the context, theory, and history of structural development. Students choose either Neuroscience for Architecture or Healthy Urbanism as a lecture course sequence in their program. The program builds on foundational knowledge in art and design with a program that integrates thesis-based learning and coursework to explore architecture in the context of history and theory, tectonics, urban studies, and professional practice.

Master of Science in Architecture

The Master of Science in Architecture course is intended for students interested in a focused research program. Students choose either Neuroscience for Architecture or Healthy Urbanism as a lecture course sequence in their program. Candidates often come with backgrounds in real estate development, engineering, and other fields associated in some way with architecture, although this is not a prerequisite of the architecture program.

The Master of Science in Architecture degree 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.

If you have questions about any of these master’s degree programs or want to discuss which would be best for you, please contact an Enrollment Specialist at NewSchool of Architecture and Design. Learn why we are one of the leading architecture schools in the country.