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Architecture (M.S.)

Program Director: James Doerfler

Mission

The Master of Science in Architecture is a post-professional research-based degree designed to provide students who have already earned an accredited undergraduate degree in architecture or related area of design, engineering or construction, an opportunity to specialize in a field of study that is critical to the profession today. The M.S. in Architecture program prepares students for specialist and consulting positions in the broad field of the built environment in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. Each student will be required to select a research focus as a concentration composed of existing graduate courses and independent study. Its format of guided and independent research requires discipline and self-direction from the student.

Program Learning Goals

Graduates of the M.S. in Architecture will:

  • Articulate, analyze critically and synthesize established theories and building science related to architecture and buildings.
  • Review and critically analyze original research in architecture and related disciplines.
  • Apply and synthesize architectural and building science research.
  • Conduct cutting-edge, applied research that makes a contribution to the body of knowledge.
  • Demonstrate expertise in a chosen area of research.
  • Demonstrate professional presentation and communication skills.
  • Demonstrate the integration of knowledge, analysis and research through the final thesis project.

Program Description

The Masters of Science in Architecture is a post-professional research-based degree designed to provide students who have already earned an accredited undergraduate degree in architecture or related area of design or the built environment disciplines, an opportunity to specialize in a field of study that is critical to the profession today. Each student will be required to select a focus topic as a concentration composed of existing and strategically developed graduate courses and independent study opportunities. Its format of independent research requires discipline and self-direction from the student.

The Master of Science in Architecture program recognizes the architecture profession is constantly changing and is therefore designed to be adaptable to the requirements of the industry. To this end it gives students the opportunity to focus their studies on a specific area of architecture to be able to directly apply their research to benefit the discipline. These areas of concentration are selected by documented evidence of industry need and are flexible enough to be easily replaced by other concentrations as demands change. Upon completion of the degree, students will acquire specific skills sought after by employers that they can directly utilize in the workplace as contributing members of the profession.

Curriculum Design

The full program is designed as a 30-36 credit curriculum and can be completed in one full year. Placement in the program with advanced standing is dependent on the previous education and experience of the student. The Program Director reviews each applicant’s academic and work history to determine specific placement in the program.  

The core curriculum consists of 10 credits; Interdisciplinary Sustainable Design Studio (4), Research Methods (3) and Principles and Methodologies of Sustainable Design (3).

Directed research consists of 9-12 credits; a customized aggregate of 3-credit elective courses, which are a combination of electives in concentration areas, imbedded research experience in an office or directed research in a focus area with an advisor.

The Master’s Graduate Thesis Project consists of 9 total credits, taken over two semesters, or extended into three, 3 credit courses over three semesters.

Summer Semester – Pre-Year 1

  • MARCH601 Introduction to Design (optional)

Fall Semester – Year 1

  • SDN-621 Ecological Design Studio (4)
  • SDN-623 Landscape Ecology Seminar (2)
  • MSARC-631 Architectural Research Methods (3)
  • SDN-601 and Methodologies of Sustainable Design (3)
  • Elective or Independent Study (3)

Spring Semester – Year 1

  • MSARC-901 Graduate Thesis Project (6)
  • Elective or Independent Study (3)
  • Elective, Internship or Independent Study (3)

Summer Semester – Year 1

  • MSARC-902 Graduate Thesis Project (3)
  • Elective, Internship, or Independent Study (3)

*Students may apply for advanced standing for one Focus Elective (3) or internship experience

Concentrations

High Performance Buildings

 

Courses in the concentrations will come from existing curricula in CABE’s other master’s programs – Geodesign, Interior Architecture, Sustainable Design, and Construction Management – as well as cross-listed Bachelors of Architecture courses.  Additional elective courses may be selected from other programs such as Engineering, Health, and Business upon approval by the program director.