Overview

The Master of Science in Architecture (M.Sc.Arch.) is a one-year, three-semester program (completion of 36 credits is required). The program offers a critical and professional environment to investigate design strategies and design challenges in relation to the most pressing issues of the 21st century: resilient design, tropical and subtropical architectures, identity in a globalized world, health care design, housing design, conservation of the built environment and the effect of embedded technologies on design. The Master of Science in Architecture program is designed to provide a skills and knowledge base for professional application as well as future advanced doctoral study. The degree is STEM-designated which allows international students to apply for OPT for up to 36 months after graduation.

Curriculum Requirements

Master of Science in Architecture: Architectural Design

ARC 608Architecture Design6
ARC 609Architecture Design6
ARC 610Architecture Design Degree Project6
ARC 629Research in Design-Methods and Procedures3
ARC 699Directed Research3
History of Architecture Elective3
Electives 9
Total Credit Hours36

Master of Science in Architecture: Architectural Studies 

ARC 629Research in Design-Methods and Procedures3
ARC 699Directed Research3
ARC 810Master's Thesis6
History of Architecture Elective3
Electives *21
Total Credit Hours36

Suggested Plan of Study

Master of Science in Architecture: Architectural Design

Concentrates on design by requiring two advanced Graduate Studios, Electives and a Master's Thesis in Design.

Plan of Study Grid
FallCredit Hours
ARC 608 Architecture Design 6
ARC 699 Directed Research 3
ARC 629 Research in Design-Methods and Procedures 3
Electives (2) 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ARC 609 Architecture Design 6
History of Architecture Elective 3
Electives (3) 6
 Credit Hours15
Summer
ARC 610 Architecture Design Degree Project 6
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours36

Master of Science in Architecture: Architectural Studies

Offers a more theoretically oriented program with Research, History and Theory Electives, other Electives and a written Master's Thesis.

Plan of Study Grid
FallCredit Hours
ARC 629 Research in Design-Methods and Procedures 3
ARC 699 Directed Research 3
History of Architecture Elective 3
Electives (4) 6
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Electives (5) 15
 Credit Hours15
Summer
ARC 810 Master's Thesis 6
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours36

Goals

  • To prepare students for professional leadership and lifelong learning in architecture, urbanism, and related fields. 
  • To preserve and develop knowledge for the profession through research and practice. 
  • To share knowledge locally and internationally through community service. 
  • To promote building and community design goals of environmental responsibility, social equity, and economic sustainability.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to develop knowledge for the profession through research and practice.
  • Students will demonstrate clear reasoning with organized presentation of evidence, assumptions, and conclusions.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to raise clear and precise questions, use abstract ideas to interpret information, consider diverse points of view, reach well-reasoned conclusions, and test alternative outcomes against relevant criteria and standards.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to read, write, speak and listen effectively.