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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Architecture, MSAR

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Program Description

The Master of Science in Architecture is a nonprofessional academic, degree program that offers the opportunity for advanced study and research in specialized subfields of architecture. The program is intended to accompany and enhance degrees related to the built environment and provide a basis for diverse career paths including practice, research, teaching, consulting and entry into a Ph.D. level program.

The ideal student candidate is a critical thinker who is intensely curious about the built environment, is committed to positive change, ecologically sensitive design and who is not afraid to the take risks and to push the design envelope. While a prior degree in Architecture is not required, applicants must demonstrate relevant background and experience, as well as capabilities for undertaking advanced academic study. All students are required to submit a portfolio demonstrating graphic competency and design thinking skills.

The program is 36 credits taken over three semesters (Fall, Spring, Fall). The MSAR, Architecture program provides graduates with the knowledge and leadership skills necessary for a successful career in two concentrations: Technology of Architecture and Urbanism.

All students entering the program take a common core composed of two seminar courses, each designed to enhance research and critical thinking skills. Students also take a set of courses specific to their concentration that includes either a research or design thesis.


  1. Urbanism
    • Urban Design: This curriculum covers a wide range of principles including; urban design theory and planning, spatial analysis, ecological strategies, social ecologies and community and urban practice and strategies. 
  2. Technology of Architecture
    • Sustainable Design: This curriculum covers a wide range of principles including; global sustainable design strategies, green design concepts and rating systems, energy and environmental quality, materials and assemblies and building performance analytics.

Admission Requirements

The following requirements are beyond the general Graduate Admissions  requirements. Acceptance to the M.S. ARCH program is based on the following criteria:

  • Bachelors Degree from a regionally accredited institution in architecture, allied design disciplines, engineering, humanities and liberal arts.
  • GRE scores: Verbal 159, Quantitative 160, Analytical 3.5
  • Minimum Grade Point Average 3.0
  • Statement of Purpose: A concise narrative of student’s design or research interest (2 pages)
  • Design Portfolio: Applicants coming from design disciplines (15 pages in pdf format).

Note: Applicants with other than design-based degrees may, upon evaluation, be required to take additional courses.

Admission Criteria for Unique Cases

Currently, there are no excepetions to the admission requirements.

Transfer Credit

No credit from outside institutions is accepted for this degree program.

Petition to Graduate

Each candidate must petition to graduate online. For more information, pease view the corresponding section of Academic Policies .

Program of Study

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