Master of Science in Architecture

Master Student projects

The M.S. Architecture Degree provides an exploratory forum for advanced studies that lie outside of the traditional studio culture. Students research individually tailored topics that range from the theoretical to the tactical, including sustainable communities, historic preservation, digital fabrication, construction and installation, parametricism, animation, and other visualizations. It is an ideal program for those wanting to test the waters before embarking on doctoral architectural studies.

The Master of Science in Architecture degree is a scholarly, research-orientated curriculum. This 36 credit hour program of study is designed for 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. Students can pursue an area of study from a variety of architectural options including product design, fabrication, and branding. 

Prerequisite: An applicant must have an undergraduate degree in architecture, interior design, or a closely related field. 

Application Deadlines
Applications are accepted for admission to the Master of Science in Architecture degree program on a rolling, continuing basis. Students may be accepted for admission in the fall, spring, or summer sessions. For priority consideration for financial assistance, applicants are urged to submit completed applications by February 1st for fall semester admission and November 1st for spring semester admission.
Application Requirements
-$50 Application Fee (paid with credit card or check)
 - A resume
-Three references who will be asked to submit letters of recommendation electronically
-Personal statement addressing the following questions:
Why do you want a master’s degree? What are your research interests? What are your academic goals? And name 3 faculty members with whom you would like to be your advisor. You do not need to reach out to the faculty.
-Portfolio of design work
-One copy of all college/university official transcripts. To view a step-by-step video tutorial on transcript uploading, and to learn more about transcript requirements, please visit UNL Graduate Studies.
After completing the application, you will be issued a University of Nebraska Identification Number (NU ID). Your NU ID will allow you to sign into the University's online records system MyRed. There you can view a list of application materials received or still needed by the Office of Graduate Studies.
Additional Requirements for International Applicants
International applicants should send all the information requested above, plus:
A TOEFL or IELTS score. Exemptions for the English proficiency requirement are granted for non-native speakers who have received a bachelor's or more advanced degree either from a U.S. institution or from a university outside the U.S. at which English is the official language of instruction.
M.S in Architecture Curriculum

The 36 graduate credit hour program curriculum for the Master of Science in Architecture is broken into six main content areas:

1. Core Requirements (9 credit hours)

2. Theory (3 credit hours)

3. Research Methods/Analytical Techniques (6 credit hours)

4. Electives (6 credit hours)

5. Field Work (6 credit hours)

6. Thesis (6 credit hours)

Total Credit Hours: 36

Students work closely with their advisor to determine courses within and outside the College of Architecture that fulfill these curriculum reuiqrements along with supporting their individual areas of interest and focus.  A required curriculum component for all students is the completion of 6 graduate credit hours of a graduate research thesis on a topic of the students choice with the support of a faculty advisor of the student's choice.

Contact Info

College of Architecture
210 Architecture Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0106
( On-campus, 2-4065 )