The Master of Science in Architecture (M.S.Arch) degree programs is structured across a 36-credit system of advanced study, typically beyond a first professional degree in architecture, engineering or closely allied profession. It is flexible to enable a student to take a core group of courses within a specialized track, as well as electives. The program may be initiated during the final semesters of the first professional degree in architecture and engineering. After foundational core coursework and electives, each student develops an individually focused thesis or a capstone project on a topic of their interest, with a faculty adviser. The M.S.Arch. program is designed to provide a skills and knowledge base for professional application as well as future advanced doctoral study.

Track Options

There are five tracks of concentration possible within the Master of Science in Architecture degree program:

  • Classical and Traditional Architecture
  • Computational and Embedded Technology
  • Healthcare Design
  • Historical Preservation
  • Resilient Sustainable Building Technology

Classical and Traditional Architecture Track

The Master of Science in Architecture: Classical and Traditional Architecture program consists of five courses (21 credits), and five electives (15 credits). The program focuses on the theory and practice of Classical and Traditional Architecture with an emphasis on contemporary vernacular trends in the building arts, emerging urbanisms, the economies of preservation of built patrimonies and sustainable practices of classical and traditional architecture worldwide.

The program includes an option of a semester in Rome as well as a summer option. The program explores the Western Classical Architecture tradition, its sources in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, and development through Medieval, Renaissance and Enlightenment periods, as well as the Elements and Principles of Classical Architecture, History of Rome, Urban Elements and Principles, Architectural Treatises, Italian Classicism, and Architectural History of Rome.

Computation and Embedded Technology Track

The Master of Science in Architecture: Computation and Embedded Technology program consist of five courses (21 credits), and five elective courses (15 credits) from School of Architecture and other schools/ departments by arrangement and approval of the coordinator of the track. The program is dedicated to the research and education of digital design thinking in architecture focusing on computational design and digital fabrication.

The program focuses on training innovative professionals rather than on innovative technology. The goals are to integrate analytical approaches and creative problem-defining processes to solve challenging issues in design with applications in art, architecture, education, business and healthcare. Making is at the center of the program’s pedagogy and the iterative and incremental developments of design and fabrication enable students to internalize and personalize these concepts. The research areas for making include, but are not limited to, parametric and algorithmic design, physical computing (sensors and actuators), bio-mimicry, robotic fabrication, machine learning, and computer-vision.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester ICredit Hours
ARC 686 Special Problems 1-3
ARC 663 Environmental Building Systems II 3
Elective (Theory of Computation) 3
Elective (Computational Design) 3
 Credit Hours10-12
Spring Semester II
ARC 608 Architecture Design 6
ARC 629 Research in Design-Methods and Procedures 3
Elective (Research Methodology) 3
 Credit Hours12
Summer Semester III
ARC 610 Architecture Design Degree Project 6
Elective (Database) 3
Elective (Adv. Comp. Algorithms and Applications) 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours34-36

HealthCare Design Track

The Master of Science in Architecture: Healthcare Design program consist of five courses (21 credits), and five electives (15 credits). Students may plan a course of study within one of three topics:

People— Built Environment and Health Impacts focuses on the understanding of the interrelationships of health and the built environment with the potential for a research-based practice. The program draws on faculty engaged in research through the University of Miami’s Built Environment Behavior and Health Team, which includes faculty in Architecture and the Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences.

Places—Healthcare Campuses & Buildings focuses on healthcare buildings and site planning through active engagement with evidence-based design, working with healthcare providers in specific locations. The students will engage in research, participatory planning processes, and the development of design proposals based on research-validated strategies significant to health and well-being.

Potentials—Healthcare and the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem explores the capabilities and potential of the IoT to transform healthcare systems and delivery. The student will engage in discovery and design to create new elements of care as well as the design of supportive environments.

Historical Preservation Track

The Master of Science in Architecture: Historic Preservation emphasizes planning and the stewardship of cultural heritage. The program consists of five core courses (21 credits), three elective courses (9 credits), concluding with a 6-credit thesis.

The program builds upon the classic tenets of professional knowledge in preservation while fostering a critical assessment of that body of thought to address the challenges that face natural and cultural conservation. The program draws upon the expertise of University faculty to foster cross-disciplinary dialogs in the service of stewardship. The teaching consists of lectures, seminars, field and lab work, travel study, design studios and the aula magna of Miami, a diverse and emergent 21st Century city that provides the instructional settings and experiences of the program.  The pedagogy advances the position that: addressing climate-change; promoting a balanced micro-macro cultural currency; housing global urban population growth; and championing the social-ethical dimension of heritage, represent forces integral to planning and indispensable to stewardship of the natural and cultural environment.

Resilient Sustainable Building Technology Track

The Master of Science in Architecture: Resilient Sustainable Building Technology program consists of six core courses (18 credits), and four elective courses (12 credits) selected from the Department of Architectural Engineering, School of Education and School of Architecture, concluding with a 6-credit thesis.

The program focuses on the challenges of a low-carbon economy, climate change, sustainability and resiliency. The courses will address the ways new and renewable energy can be harnessed in buildings, develop skills in simulation and modeling essential for performance analysis, and the ability to contribute effectively within a multidisciplinary design team.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ARC 694 Geographic Information Systems in Urban Design 3
ARC 699 Directed Research 3
ARC 696 Advanced Topics 3
ARC 683 Special Problems 3
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
ARC 629 Research in Design-Methods and Procedures 3
ARC 683 Special Problems 3
Sustainable Design in Context 3
Building Energy Modeling 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Semester
ARC 610 or 810 Architecture Design Degree Project
or Master's Thesis
Elective (Optional) 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours36
Elective List
CAE 681Energy-Efficient Building Design3
CAE 680Hospital and Health Care Facility Design3
ARC 663Environmental Building Systems II3
ECE 602Engineering Acoustics3
MES 510Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement3
CAE 560Sustainable Construction3
ARC 684Special Problems (RAD LAB-UM)3
ECS 310Sustainable Living3
MAE 303Thermodynamics I3
Natural Ventilation in Buildings 3
Digital Fabrication 3
Teaching Seminar

M.S.Arch. Thesis Preparation and Thesis Schedule

Faculty advisers work with students to select a thesis or capstone project Advisory Committee that is directed by a School of Architecture faculty member. The Committee may include professionals as well as a faculty member from another institution.