M.S. in Architecture
Master of Science in Architecture Degree: The Research Program
Length: 1.5 to 2 years, 33 credit hours
The Master of Science in Architecture (M.S. Arch.) program is a non-studio research program that prepares students for careers in research, teaching, consulting, and further graduate study (Doctorate or Ph.D). We offer two concentrations (see below), several focus areas, and access to any topics that can be found in the expertise of our faculty. The program stresses critical writing and research methods. The educational opportunities are enriched by the College of Architecture’s location in downtown San Antonio, which has a rich heritage of historic architecture and urbanism.
The M.S. in Architecture Program provides two NEW Concentrations on "Historic Preservation" and Sustainable Architecture". Besides the concentrations the program allows studies in various Focus Areas (see below) and other fields related to the expertise of our faculty. Please visit our faculty page to review their research and expertise.
Historic preservation is a process of design for continuity and management of change within an existing historic context. Historic preservation offers specialized education in historic preservation design, technology, planning and management through graduate-level courses.
Research in sustainable architecture provides students with an understanding of both the theoretical and applied sides of sustainable design with a particular emphasis on environmental sustainability. Research areas include the history and theory of sustainable design, methods and tools of sustainable design, and high performance buildings and communities.
Architectural History and Theory
Graduate study in architectural history provides students with essential training in the perceptual, historical, and critical analysis of architecture and cities. This specialization prepares students to pursue career opportunities in architectural history in academic and institutional settings, as well as for post-graduate degree or to pursue careers in education, law, historic preservation, urban planning, and publishing.
Urban Studies provides students with an introductory understanding of the historical, social, international, and physical context of comprehensive land use planning and sustainable urbanism.