Architecture Dual Master Degrees

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Students who are accepted into the Master of Architecture (M.Arch) program may also apply to one of our three Architecture MS program tracks: Metropolitan Design, Research Practices, or Sustainable Design. Pursuing a concurrent degree allows you to achieve both degrees in a minimum of 3.5 years assuming you are a full-time student.

Degree Options

Why pursue concurrent degrees?
Concurrent degrees make it possible for you to efficiently pursue a professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree alongside a more research-focused Master of Science in Architecture degree. You may use up to 24 credits of your M.Arch curriculum towards earning an MS, which means you can finish both degrees in a minimum of 3.5 years assuming you are a full-time student.

The key benefit of obtaining an M.Arch degree is that you will be able to pursue licensure, which is required to become a practicing architect. On the other hand, achieving an Architecture MS degree will provide you with valuable research experience and specialized expertise. Our Architecture MS program has three tracks for you to choose from based on your interests: Metropolitan Design, Research Practices, and Sustainable Design. Each track has unique faculty, curricula, requirements, and professional affiliations. 

Earning both an M.Arch and MS not only puts you on the path to licensure and practice but also sets you apart from other candidates by preparing you to bring creative and data-driven perspectives to the profession. 

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Admissions Overview

Minimum requirements
Two separate applications are required: one for the Master of Architecture (M.Arch) program and one for your desired MS program. Your eligibility to pursue concurrent degrees is dependent on acceptance to the M.Arch program.

Current M.Arch students
You may have to fill out an additional application or submit select materials depending on the Architecture MS track you wish to pursue. Please reach out to the director of the program you are interested in for more information and instructions.

Current Architecture MS students
You must submit the entire Master of Architecture application and receive acceptance to the program in order to pursue the degrees concurrently.

Questions?

Learn more about concurrent degrees by contacting Terrance Rafferty, the Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment for Architecture. 

Accreditation

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