Master of Science in Architecture
The Master of Science in Architecture degree is a research-based academic degree for students interested in advanced architectural studies. This degree does not prepare students to receive an architecture licensure. It is for students with an accredited professional B Arch, M Arch, or an approved bachelor's degree (such as a BS Arch or in another discipline).
Students who have non-architecture degrees and wish to enter the program and those who do not have a basic understanding of computing and computer-assisted design skills may be required to complete leveling work that will not accrue graduate credit toward their degree.
About this Degree
This program requires students to complete 28 credit hours of graduate study and write and defend a thesis (6 hours).
After the first semester, students will be matched with a faculty member who will serve as their academic advisor and the chair of their thesis committee. The advisor will be responsible for guiding the student concerning electives, developing a thesis proposal, and selecting thesis committee members. All students seeking a degree must complete the program in residency, including the thesis. This is a 2-year program.
There are scholarships, fellowships, graduate assistantships and research assistantships available for graduate students.
Design & Healthcare Specialization
The D&H MS has two possible concentrations: Health & Wellness (HWD) or Healthcare Facilities Design (HFD). This program provides students with the design and analytic skills for designing space that positively affects patient outcomes and the efficiency and safety of healthcare environments.
Urban & Community Design Specialization
The UCD MS seeks to understand the complex nature of the urban environment and solve complicated issues affecting American cities, such as sustainability, resiliency, preservation, and revitalization.
Digital Design & Fabrication Specialization
The DDF MS is positioned at the intersection of architecture, engineering, and computation, evaluating the potential of smart materials in solving and their effect on design, methods of computation as tools of the design process, product design, and technology application for architectural planning and problem-solving.
The admission application includes a portfolio of creative work (writing, design, drawing, photography, etc.) that reflects the student's level of design interest, intellectual inquiry, and communication skills. Academic requirements will vary depending on the specialization chosen.
Graduates of the CoA's BS Arch program who had at least a 3.5 GPA at graduation are automatically accepted into the MS Arch program upon application. Students applying to the CoA who have an undergraduate degree other than a BS in Architecture from Texas Tech will be required to submit their transcripts for review and consideration.
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