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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
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.View Curriculum & Courses »
Admissions & Cost
January 16: Priority deadline*
February 26: Second-round deadline (final deadline for international students requiring visas)
March 26: Third-round deadline (final deadline for WRGP consideration)
April 30: Final deadline
* Applicants are encouraged to submit applications by the priority deadline to ensure full consideration for scholarships and other departmental funding. Applications received in later rounds are considered on a space-available basis.
In-state and WRGP tuition and fees per semester (7+ units):
$6,174 tuition + $1,500 program fees + $833.68 university fees
Out-of-state tuition and fees per semester (7+ units):
$16,145 + $1,500 program fees + $833.69 university fees
Subject to change. Learn more about WRGP pricing for out-of-state students from the West.
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.View Career Outlook »
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.
Meet the MS Arch Community
Maryam Moradnejad '20 Master of Science in Architecture
Maryam Moradnejad, who holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Construction Management, earned her MS Arch from CAPLA because of the opportunity to research emerging building technologies.
Altaf Engineer, Assistant Professor of Architecture
Professor Engineer, who chairs the MS Arch Health and Built Environments program, has always felt a deep responsibility to apply his knowledge and skills to address critical health, social and environmental issues affecting humans worldwide.
Susannah Dickinson, Associate Professor of Architecture
Professor Dickinson, who chairs the MS Arch Urban Design program, sees teaching and research as an opportunity for personal growth and lifelong learning and also a chance to give back to the next generation of architects.