Master of Science:

Architectural Studies

MSAS + M.Arch Dual Degree

The MArch. Degree provides a broad preparation of the spectrum of architectural practice while the MSAS degree provides a deeper technical expertise to those seeking a specific focus in their career direction.  The M.Arch/MSAS program is designed for those students seeking to combine their broader professional practice and with a specific technical focus.


Over their careers, successful practitioners in architecture and related professions (e.g., historic preservation, architectural technology, digital representation, construction management, urban design, or history/theory/criticism) learn much on-the-job about the deeper technical aspects of architecture. The joint degree program is designed to accelerate professional preparation in both architecture and related professions; and provide the platform for quickly understanding how changes in design and technical requirements affect their professional activities.


Students seeking to take advantage of the M.Arch/MSAS program must meet current University of Utah admission standards and be accepted to both degree programs. 











Upon enrollment, students in the dual degree program may then apply up to 12 credit hours of M.Arch course work towards fulfilling the 36 credit hour requirement of the MSAS degree; and students may count up to 12 credit hours of MSAS course work towards fulfilling the 53 credit hour requirement of the M.Arch degree. This option eliminates up to 12 credit hours that would be required for completing the two programs separately.  Because of this overall reduction in credit requirements for both degrees, a student enrolled in the joint M.Arch/MSAS degree program can expect to complete the two degrees in approximately 6 semesters of full time study.  A student enrolled in the joint degree program must complete all M.Arch and all MSAS requirements before either degree will be awarded.


Upon completion of both programs, the student earns two separate degrees: an M.Arch degree and a MSAS degree awarded by the College of Architecture + Planning.


Students who have been accepted to either the M.Arch or MSAS program only may decide to matriculate to the dual degree program within the first year of study.  This must be done with an application to the other degree program and in consultation with the Chair of the Department of Architecture and MSAS Director.


Students in either the M.Arch or MSAS program will need to decide within the first year of study their desire for matriculation to the other program in order to be able to overlap 12 credits toward both degrees.  As such, students will need to apply for the program using the standard application process and will be reviewed in the same rigor as the individual degree programs.


Matriculated students will need to determine which courses will be counted towards their current graduate degree (if they wish to continue pursuing it) and which courses will be counted toward the MSAS degree. Coursework can not be counted towards two separate degrees unless a dual degree agreement is in place.  Again, only 12 credits are shared in the dual degree program.


Transfer credit from another institution can be used to fulfill up to 6 credits of required courses and transfer credit from another degree program at the University of Utah can be used to fulfill up to 9 credits for required MSAS degree program courses.  However, the total number of credits for the the M.Arch/MSAS degree programs cannot be changed.  Therefore students will make up these credits in electives.

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Model M.Arch/MSAS Schedule


YEAR 1


Fall

Studio

Communications

MSAS Introductory Seminar

HTC

Subtotal


Spring

Studio

Technology

HTC

MSAS C&M/Cognate

Subtotal


YEAR 2


Fall

Studio

Communications

Technology

Pro Practice

Subtotal


Spring

M.Arch Project

Pro Practice

MSAS C&M/Cognate

Subtotal


YEAR 3


Fall

MSAS Research Methods

MSAS C&M/Cognate

MSAS C&M/Cognate

MSAS C&M/Cognate

Subtotal


Spring

MSAS Project

MSAS C&M/Cognate

MSAS C&M/Cognate

Subtotal


Total M.Arch/MSAS Joint Degree







5

3

3

3

14



5

3

3

3

14





5

3

3

3

14



5

3

3

11





3

3

3

3

12



6

3

3

12


77

* Depending on the individual student situation, YEAR 2 and YEAR 3 could be swapped to allow for the research aspect of the MSAS to be completed prior to beginning of the M.Arch Project.

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