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:

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

The MS.Arch program, with its flexible and comprehensive curriculum, emerged as the perfect avenue for me to not only engage with international architectural trends, but also to make a substantial contribution to the field.

Asif Zeshan '24 MS.Arch

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Deadline 1: January 16 (for full consideration of college/departmental financial support)
Deadline 2: February 19
Deadline 3: March 15*

After March 15, applications will be considered on a rolling basis depending on program capacity.

* To allow time for I-20 and visa processing, we recommend international applicants meet the March 15 deadline.

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Per semester (7+ units)
$6,359 tuition + $1,500 program fees + $835.48 university fees

Per semester (7+ units)

$16,145 + $1,500 program fees + $835.48 university fees

Tuition and fees subject to change.

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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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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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