The graduate program is characterized by choice and flexibility. The student assembles a program
tailored to his/her individual interests. The curriculum is composed of nine academic areas in which courses
are offered in a session (7-week) or semester (15-week) format. The student selects from course areas to meet
required semester hours. Extra work in an academic area is applied as an elective. Please note the following
guidelines for structuring a program:
1. Required courses must be taken in all of the academic areas to fulfill the requirements for
graduation, including studio, communications, structures, technology, history, theory, professional
practice, electives, and master's project.
2. A semester of studio must be included in the first fall semester of the program.
3. All four session courses from the Professional Practice academic area are required and are
co-requisite with the Final Studio course.
4. Final Studio is a one-semester course and must be completed during the final semester of the program.
5. Students must complete the equivalent of three semester courses per semester in order to demonstrate
progress towards graduation. (Two session courses equal one semester course.) Progress at less than this rate
without prior written permission of the chair will result in dismissal from the program.
Graduate studios are divided into sections, each of which offers a different topic.
Students attend a meeting at the beginning of each semester to learn about studio topics, and then indicate
a first, second and third studio preference. Assignments for studios are based on preferences and faculty assessment.
Assignments are posted the following day. Students may register for studio when assignments are completed.
Academic Area Requirements
3 semesters of course work
6005, 6015, 6016 repeatable
6015 must be taken in Fall of 1st year
1 semester of course work
6050, 6051, 6052, 6053, 6054, 6057 Includes computer graphics
Master of Science in Architectural Studies (MSAS) Program
The MSAS program is designed for students seeking education in a specialty area (historic preservation, architectural technology, digital fabrication, visual representation) of architectural practice or as a consulting specialist. The program can be completed by students in approximately two years of study and prepares students for professional practice in a specialty area of architecture. This degree is not accredited to gain licensure for practice as an architect or other field requiring professional licensing. Any student wishing to enter the program must apply for acceptance in the fall semester prior to their first year of study.