Tarek Rakha and High Performance Building Students Test Out New Drone

Master of Science in Architecture

Master of Science in Architecture

Our STEM-designated Master of Science (M.S.) in Architecture program highlights the strengths of the School in research and design and appeals to both emerging and established practitioners.

Design & Research Webinar

22nd Century Cloud: a Hinman Research Building Installation from the Parametric Design class

Our Program

The program contributes to the development of the applied knowledge‐base of the profession at a time when new enabling and end‐product technologies, new patterns of global practice and project delivery, and new performance requirements and expectations are transforming professional practice. 

The M.S. in Architecture degree provides students holding professional degrees in architecture (B.Arch or M.Arch) or with equivalent degrees in allied fields of design or engineering with researchbased knowledge that is applicable to the advancement of professional practice. This year, the GRE will not be required for applications to the M.S. in Architecture.

Our Concentrations

High Performance Building Lab director, Tarek Rakha, and students with a drone in the Hinman Courtyard.

High Performance Building

Students gathered around a conference table for a Design & Health review in the SimTigrate Design Lab

Design & Health

Advanced production sculpture installed by students and faculty currently located outside of the Architecture West building.

Advanced Production

Digital Building Lab project exploring smart infrastructure in cities and their buildings.

Building Information Systems

Guests at the Shape Machine Symposium locate shapes generated by the Shape Machine.

Design Computation

Our Curriculum

The curriculum leverages the active research programs in the School of Architecture, including the work of both doctoral and professional-level students and the work of the High Performance Building Lab, the Digital Building Lab and the SimTigrate Design Lab. Students admitted to the M.S. in Architecture program work in one of five concentrations. Individualized programs of study are tailored from among courses in focal areas on the Master of Architecture and Ph.D. programs, and the curriculum may be completed within a one-year residency.

Thirty (30) credits are required for the Master of Science in Architecture. The curriculum for the MS is individualized for each student, and students will work with their advisors to fulfill one of the following requirements to complete the program:

  1. Participation in a Design + Research Studio
  2. Thesis track
  3. Capstone course

Required courses vary by concentration and may include Environmental Systems, Parametric Design, Advanced Architecture & Behavior, and Design Scripting. Current and past electives include Advanced Productions, REVIT, Building Simulation in Design Practice and Facades Engineering. For more detailed curriculum information on the individual MS programs/concentrations, please contact the Program Director


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