Master of Architectural Studies (5+1)

Master of Architectural Studies (5+1) Degree Program

The Master of Architectural Studies program is designed for students who want to advance their knowledge of the discipline through focused study and design-studio work. This degree option is available to students already possessing a 5-year or first professional Bachelor of Architecture degree; 45 units are required for completion.


Students select a lecture course sequence of either Neuroscience for Architecture or 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 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 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

Career Opportunities

Designed for students who already hold a first professional degree in architecture, NewSchool’s Master of Architectural Studies degree is the ideal way for you to be on the cutting edge in this constantly evolving field and gain exposure to new career opportunities. While this degree is not accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), it is the perfect tool for professionals seeking to expand their knowledge base or build upon skills that have already been established within their industry of practice in order to prepare for advanced careers in architecture. Teachers, managers, and other professionals working within the architecture industry will benefit from the knowledge that this degree program offers.

Program Features

Through this program, you can gain the academic credentials and practical experience it takes to pursue a rewarding career in teaching as well as similar occupations. NewSchool of Architecture & Design in San Diego provides a dynamic educational setting. Learn more about features related to the Master of Architectural Studies degree by exploring the following resources:

  • Program Course Sequence: Students choose either Neuroscience for Architecture or Healthy Urbanism as a lecture course sequence. With an emphasis on design studio experience and thesis-based courses, this degree includes research exposure you’ll carry with you throughout your professional endeavors.
  • Program Data: Read data about program costs, types of occupations, completion rates, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

Designed for students already possessing a first professional degree in architecture, the Master of Architectural Studies (5+1) 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. The program typically requires one year of full-time study to complete 45 required credits.


Please note that the Master of Architectural Studies (5+1) 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.