Master of Science:

Architectural Studies

curriculum

The MSAS program is a 36 credit hour (3-4 semester) program of study.  The program is characterized by choice and flexibility. The student assembles a program tailored to his/her individual interests. Each track includes of six academic areas (Introductory Seminar, Research Methods Content & Methods, Area Cognates, and Master’s Project). The student selects from course areas to meet required semester hours. Extra work in an academic area is applied as cognate elective. Please note the following guidelines for structuring a program:


  1. 1.Required courses must be taken in all of the academic areas to fulfill the requirements for graduation, including introductory seminar, research methods, content and methods, area cognate, and master's project.

  2. 2.The Introductory Seminar must be included in the first fall semester of the program.

  3. 3.Master’s Project is a one-semester course and must be completed during the final semester of the program.

  4. 4.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 dean may be subject to dismissal from the program.

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Academic Area


Introduction

ARCH 6500


Research Methods

ARCH 6115 (or similar)



Content & Methods

(TBD)




Cognates (TBD)





Final Project

ARCH 6975

Requirement


3 Credits

Fall 1st Sem


3 Credits

Fall 1st Sem



15-18 Credits





6-9 Credits





6 Credits

Final term

Description


First semester course to select track and topic and orient to program


Introduction to strategies and tactics of research; deliverable is a research proposal and abstract for paper submission


College of Architecture + Planning offered courses are eligible.  Studio may be taken if student has NAAB accredited degree or is in the dual degree program


Courses outside of the college required at 6000 or higher with advisor consult and approval



To be taken in final semester of the program, advisory committee of three required

Track Specifics


All Tracks



All Tracks




Varies by Track: 

Advanced Technology courses

Historic Preservation courses

Project Delivery courses


Varies by Track:

Advanced Technology courses

Historic Preservation courses

Project Delivery courses


To be taken in final semester of the program, advisory committee of three required






Introductory

Research Methods

Content & Methods

Area Cognates

Master’s Project

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3 credits

3 credits

15-18 credits

6-9 credits

6 credits

The MSAS program regardless of the track, have a shared core curriculum that includes:


ARCH 6500 Intro Seminar (3) - introduces students to the construction industry, key stakeholders and how facilities come into being, are developed, managed, maintained and transitioned.  An introduction to building technology, building delivery, and sustainability are emphasized.  Guest speakers will present current examples across the spectrum of stakeholders including real estate development, architecture, engineering, construction management, and facilities management.


ARCH 6115 Research Methods (3) – presents a survey of current methods used in built environment research including historical survey, quantitative/qualitative methods, POE, simulation through computation, etc.  The course will provide students with an opportunity to perform preliminary literature search and a small research effort in preparation for writing a research proposal for their internship and final project.


ARCH 6975 Final Project (6) – this project is a culmination of learning in the MS program, supported by a committee of three advisors: lead supervisor from within the college, an industry advisor and one additional advisor from within the university. Students will perform their own research and come to a conclusion writing a report and making a public presentation to their committee and invited guests.

course descriptions

ARCHITECTURAL
TECHNOLOGY
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The MSAS program requires completion of five separate components:

HISTORIC
PRESERVATION
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PROJECT
DELIVERY
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