Graduate degrees in Architecture (M.S., Ph.D., and Ed.D.) are for students who want to pursue a research-based career in architecture, such as teaching or research-based design work. The accredited professional degree (M.Arch.) is for students who want to become a professional architect.
Masters Of Science in Architecture
The Master of Science is a research-oriented program. In addition to the specialization in Interior Design, students can pursue an area of study from a variety of options. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in architecture, interior design, or a closely related field.
The Master of Science in Architecture degree is a scholarly, research-based curriculum. This 36-credit hour program of study is designed for those students who are interested in pursuing teaching and research as a career objective. It is a highly individualized program in which a candidate works closely with a faculty mentor to develop a course of study.
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Core Requirements (9 credit hours)
Theory (3 credit hours)
Research Methods/Analytical Techniques (6 credit hours)
Electives (12 credit hours)
Field Work (9 credit hours)
Thesis (6 credit hours)
Total Credit Hours: 36
There is an Interior Design specialization available. An application process is required for admittance.
PhD in Architecture
** At this time the PhD in Architecture program is not currently admitting new students. Applicants are able to submit complete applications that will be reviewed if the program is reinstated.
The PhD and EdD in educational studies specializing in architecture education is available through the Department of Educational Administration. It is jointly administered by the College of Architecture and the College of Education and Human Sciences. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in architecture or a related discipline and a research-based graduate degree.
The purpose of the program is to provide academic preparation and professional development for those individuals who will serve as:
a) faculty members in programs of architecture in public and private post-secondary educational institutions.
b) administrative leaders of architecture programs in higher education.
c) leaders in the design profession whose practice is informed by research.
The program offers students a choice of either the PhD or the EdD. The specialization in architecture education is jointly sponsored by the College of Architecture and the College of Education and Human Sciences. An application process is required for admittance.
Sample Program of Study
Master of Science in Architecture (36 cr hrs)
Area of Specialization (21 cr hrs)
Doctoral Seminar (12 cr hrs)
Common Studies (6 cr hrs)
Dissertation or Field Study (15 cr hrs)
Total Hours 90 credits
Research Tools* (12-15 cr hrs)
* Research Tools are included as part of the 96 credits required for the Ed.D., but not included as part of the 90 credits required for the Ph.D.