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Master of Science in Architectural Studies

Course Description

Our Master of Science degree enables students to develop specialized research skills to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s environmental design professional. The M.S. degree is also appropriate for students preparing for academic careers. The program is open to students holding a degree in architecture, as well as students with experience and degrees in allied fields who seek new ways to engage environmental design through advanced research skills. Students develop a specialized focus in one of the school’s program areas or craft their own focus through courses within the college and across campus. To earn this degree, students must complete a total of 32 hours of graduate credit. The program length varies from one to one-and-a-half years and, depending on focus area, may include a fieldwork or practicum.

This degree is not accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB).

The Illinois School of Architecture offers an M.S. (Master of Science) in Architectural Studies degree that enables students to develop the research skills and specialized expertise needed for tomorrow’s professional and academic careers. Located within a world-class research university, the school and faculty nurture students in an intensive research focused curriculum.

You will work with a diverse and outstanding faculty in their areas of expertise to “learn from the past - question the present - shape the future.” Program areas provide opportunities for focused study and degree concentrations. The program areas address environmental design research using frameworks of: urbanisms, health and well-being, detail and fabrication, sustainable technologies, systems optimization, building structures, design thinking/theory, preservation and heritage, and architectural history.

The flexibility of our Master of Science degree enables students to meet their personal professional and academic goals. Each Master of Science student develops an individualized program of study in consultation with the chair of the program area to which the student has been admitted. The program of study is then reviewed by the Associate Director for Graduate Studies and registered in the student’s academic file.

Master of Science students affiliate with faculty through the school’s program areas. These program areas provide opportunities for focused study and degree concentrations. Program areas address a wide range of comprehensive design and research topics.

Current Areas of Focused Study

Health + Well-being
Detail + Fabrication
Sustainable Technologies
Systems Optimization
Building Structures
Preservation + Heritage
Architectural History

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have earned at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college in the United States or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for last two years of undergraduate study is a minimum requirement for admission. If your undergraduate study is longer than 4 years, additional semesters may be used to calculate the admission GPA. Please note that proposed programs of study may require a higher GPA than the Graduate College's minimum standard.

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