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Master of Science in Architecture


M.S. in Architecture

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Architecture is a nonprofessional academic degree program that offers the opportunity for advanced study and research in specialized subfields of architecture. The program is intended to accompany and enhance degrees related to the built environment and provide a basis for diverse career paths including practice, research, teaching, consulting and entry into a Ph.D. level program.

The ideal student candidate is a critical thinker who is intensely curious about the built environment, is committed to positive change, ecologically sensitive design and who is not afraid to the take risks and to push the design envelope. While a prior degree in Architecture is not required, applicants must demonstrate relevant background and experience, as well as capabilities for undertaking advanced academic study. All students are required to submit a portfolio demonstrating graphic competency and design thinking skills.

For more information contact the Office of Graduate Studies:
678-915-4600 or 678-915-3200 (fax)

Program of Study

The program is 36 credits taken over three semesters (Fall, Spring, Fall). The M.S. Architecture program provides graduates with the knowledge and leadership skills necessary for a successful career in two concentrations: Technology of Architecture and Urbanism.

All students entering the program take a common core composed of two seminar courses, each designed to enhance research and critical thinking skills. Students also take a set of courses specific to their concentration that includes either a research or design thesis.


1. Technology of Architecture

Sustainable Design- This curriculum covers a wide range of principles including; global sustainable design strategies, green design concepts and rating systems, energy and environmental quality, materials and assemblies and building performance analytics.

2. Urbanism

Urban Design- This curriculum covers a wide range of principles including; urban design theory and planning, spatial analysis, ecological strategies, social ecologies and community and urban practice and strategies.


The Department of Architecture is housed in three buildings on the SPSU campus; the Architecture Building, Design I and Design 2. The M.S. in Architecture studio is located on the third floor of the Architecture Building (Bldg. N). Our design studio, labs and woodshop are outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and technology to support more than 500 students. Facility features include:

  • 250-seat Auditorium
  • MediaScape classroom
  • ACM Computing Center and Broadcast Center
  • Media Resource Center equipped with (4) scanners, (2) large bed scanners and (10) high-end HP Plotters
  • Digital Fabrication Lab with (5) laser cutters, (1) 3-axis CNC router, (1) 5-axis CNC router
  • 2 Woodshop facilities (Design I & Architecture Bldg.) with a complete array of hand and power wood working tools.
  • Material Resource Lab- This is an in-house branch of the Material ConneXion Library with samples of innovative and sustainable materials.
  • Photography Lab- with complete darkroom facilities.
  • Building Systems Lab
  • L.V. Johnson Library- 127,000+ collection

Graduate Assistantships

Limited and competitively based Graduate Assistantships are available.

Graduate Application

Acceptance to the Architecture program is based on the following criteria:

  • Bachelors Degree from a regionally accredited institution in architecture, allied design disciplines, engineering, humanities and liberal arts.
  • GRE scores: Verbal 159, Quantitative 160, Analytical 3.5
  • Minimum Grade Point Average 3.0
  • Statement of Purpose: A concise narrative of student’s design or research interest (2 pages)
  • Design Portfolio: Applicants coming from design disciplines (15 pages in pdf format).

Note: Applicants with other than design-based degrees may, upon evaluation, be required to take additional courses.

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