Masters Overview



Graduate studies in Architecture are comprised of the professional Master of Architecture (M Arch) degree; the post-professional Master of Science (MS) degree with several concentrations, and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree with several research areas.

Master of Architecture

The M Arch Program is the professional program in architecture leading to the NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture Degree. This program accommodates both the M Arch - 2 Year program for those students with a 4-year, pre-professional degree in architecture, and the M Arch - 3.5 Year program for those students without a pre-professional degree in architecture.

Master of Science in Urban Design

The Master of Science in Urban Design Program is oriented to those who wish to expand upon their previous professional education and professional experience, as architects, landscape architects, city planners or civil engineers, and to enter urban design practices either in private firms or public agencies.The MSUD Program offers an intensive and richly interdisciplinary experience, with required courses in urban design, architecture and city planning, with additional opportunities in civil and environmental engineering, real estate development, heritage preservation and other fields.

Master of Science Major in Architecture

  • Concentration in Digital Design and Fabrication: Students in this program will gain effective knowledge of parametric design that can respond to varied objectives and first-hand knowledge of a variety of custom fabrication methods.  This program is designed for professionals in the design and built environment who want to: learn and apply parametric modeling, scripting and APIs for development of surfaces and structures for complex building forms, or portions of forms; hone foundation knowledge in 3D surface and geometric modeling; develop a cultural framework for considering these forms; understand fundamentals of materials and their forming; learn CAD/CAM production methods; and understand the planning and processes required to map the form into production process. This program's curriculum focuses on the resources of the Digital Fabrication Lab.
  • Concentration in High Performance Building: Students with a professional degree in architecture, architectural engineering, or mechanical engineering can complete this MS degree in one year. The program has been developed to address the need for architecture firms and integrated practices to have “in-house” experts to judge the impact of architectural design decisions on building performance at the early stages of design.  These green-building practitioners will be able to oversee the engineering and detailing of the building at later stages of the design process to ensure that performance targets are documented and fulfilled.  Graduates of the program will be able to co-engineer and integrate novel sustainable technologies into buildings.
  • Concentration in Health and Design: Structured for practicing architects, industrial designers, systems engineers, nurses, occupational therapists, clinicians, construction professionals, and health administrators who wish to gain additional expertise in healthcare design. Whatever their career path, graduates will be prepared to serve as consultants or project managers on healthcare design projects in consulting firms, healthcare organizations, and manufacturers; help conduct quality improvement and other healthcare projects; and other leadership roles.