Master of Science in Architecture
The Master of Science in Architecture (M.S.) 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. or M.Arch. degree, or an approved bachelor's degree in architecture or in a related discipline (e.g., art, interior design, engineering, archaeology).
Students who have non-architecture degrees and wish to enter the program may be required to complete leveling work that will not accrue graduate credit toward their degree. Students will be required to complete a minimum of 28 credit hours of graduate study and write and defend a thesis (6 hours).
Students requesting admission into the Master of Science in Architecture program must meet the entrance standards of the Graduate School and the College of Architecture. 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, GRE scores, GPA, Statement of Intent/Purpose and three letters of recommendation. International applicants must submit TOEFL or IELTS score.
There are FOUR options for Master of Science in Architecture (M.S.) students:
- Master of Science in Architecture with concentration in Design Computation and Fabrication
- Master of Science in Architecture with concentration in Design and Health
- Master of Science in Architecture with concentration in Historic Preservation (El Paso)
- Master of Science in Architecture with concentration in Urban and Community Design
Academic requirements vary depending on the option chosen. Candidates for the Master of Science in Architecture must specify the option in which they are interested. 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.
There are scholarships, fellowships, graduate assistantships, and research assistantships available for graduate students.
Design Computation & Fabrication Specialization
The DCF M.S. is positioned at the intersection among architecture, engineering, and construction, students gain practical skill sets and theoretical foundations in computational design, material study, fabrication techniques and processes. This is a 34-hour Master of Science in Architecture program with thesis project.
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.
Historic Preservation Specialization
The Historic Preservation and Design M.S. is a researched-based academic degree for students interested in the documentation, conservation, and creative reuse of historic architectural resources.
Urban & Community Design Specialization
The UCD M.S. seeks to understand the complex nature of the urban environment and solve complicated issues affecting American cities, such as sustainability, resiliency, preservation, and revitalization.
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 3.0 GPA at graduation are automatically accepted into the M.S. Arch program upon application. Students applying to the CoA who have an undergraduate degree other than a B.S. in Architecture from Texas Tech will be required to submit their transcripts for review and consideration.
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