This post-professional degree program provides the opportunity to engage in research specialization or focus beyond that possible within the professional degree programs. Two concentrations are currently available: Architectural Pedagogy, and the History and Culture of Architecture.

The Master of Science in Architectural Studies (MSAS) program is open to students who already hold a NAAB-accredited professional degree in architecture, as well as to students who are already enrolled in another degree program in the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design. Prospective students who do not already have a NAAB-accredited degree must enroll in another one of our other graduate programs (typically the MArch program) in order to pursue the MSAS degree.

Admission requires an application that includes a portfolio, transcripts, a statement of purpose with a specific research focus for the proposed program of study, and three letters of recommendation. Admission to this MSAS program requires a faculty member to accept responsibility as the academic adviser who supervises the proposed course work and thesis.

Mandatory Thesis or Project6
Research Preparation3
Seminars, Directed Research, Independent Study21
Total Units30

Note: A maximum of 15 credits can be "double-counted" for both the MArch, MLA, or MUD program and the Master of Science program. Decisions regarding course credit to be "double-counted" will be made by the academic adviser.