Master of Science in Architecture

Master of Science in Architecture

Transformative applied research on architecture and the built environment.

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The Master of Science in Architecture is a STEM-designated graduate degree devoted to fundamental and applied research in the built environment with a flexible curriculum of approximately three semesters.

CAPLA’s MS Arch is the only graduate architecture program of its kind that allows you to move across and between concentration areas to form your own specialization in architectural research and practice.

Our dynamic program’s first semester includes a common foundation in research methods and a research studio, after which each student establishes an individual research project through a research seminar culminating in an original master’s project or thesis.

This program is open to students with degrees from disciplines other than architecture, as well as those holding professional and non-professional architecture degrees.

What You'll Learn

In the MS Arch, you’ll develop specialized skills in a concentration area while broadening knowledge, critical thinking and understanding about research practices in architecture and the built environment.  

We offer engaging courses and advising in research areas that align with our faculty members’ expertise, including but not limited to:

  • Critical spatial practice
  • Design and energy conservation
  • Emerging building technologies
  • Health and the built environment
  • Heritage conservation
  • Sustainable market transformation
  • Urban design

In CAPLA's Master of Science in Architecture program, you'll conduct diverse research and learn under award-winning faculty who are researchers and leaders in knowledge areas across architecture and the built environment.

Maryam Moradnejad '20 MS Arch

MS Architecture students presenting

Curriculum & Courses

The Master of Science in Architecture at the University of Arizona offers a rigorous, comprehensive, research-based curriculum with dynamic core and elective courses that prepare you for becoming a leader in architecture and the built environment.

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Admissions & Cost

Application Deadlines

FALL 2024
January 31: Priority deadline
March 31: International deadline
May 3: Final deadline

Program Cost

In-state and WRGP tuition and fees per semester (7+ units):
$6,359 tuition + $1,500 program fees + $835.48 university fees
Out-of-state tuition and fees per semester (7+ units):
$16,145 + $1,500 program fees + $835.48 university fees
Subject to change. Learn more about WRGP pricing for out-of-state students from the West.

MS Arch student conducting research

Career Outlook

Opportunities for leadership, scholarship, entrepreneurship and innovation across private, public and academic arenas grow from earning the MS Architecture. The ability to conduct in-depth research on the built environment distinguishes our graduates from those who have professional degrees in architecture.

Architecture students in CAPLA Concrete Lab
The MS Arch Student Experience

Studying architecture is unlike any other graduate program experience. You’ll find community not just with fellow students but also with faculty thanks to our proven research, studio and methods focus.

And studying in Tucson is unlike any other student experience, thanks to our Sonoran Desert laboratory, ecological sense of place and CAPLA’s state-of-the-art facilities.

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Header image by MS Arch students Sara Ghaemi and Tasbeeh Alaqtum.