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 licensure in architecture. It is for students with an accredited professional Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture, or an approved bachelor's degree.
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.
Academic requirements will vary depending on the specialization chosen.
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. All students seeking a degree must complete the program in residency, including the thesis.
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.
Design & Health Specialization
The D&H M.S. has two concentration tracks: Health & Wellness Design (HWD) and 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 Master of Science degree in Architecture specializing in Historic Preservation and Design is a research-based academic degree for students interested in advanced architectural studies, who want to enter the Historic Preservation field. This is considered a terminal degree for the architectural preservation professional discipline and is accredited by the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE).
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. The HCOA also requires students to submit GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and a statement of intent.*
*Graduate school requires other items/information for application. There are further requirements for international students.