Master of Art Programs in Architecture Studies

Compare 45 Masters of Arts in Architecture Studies

Architecture Studies

Almost everyone encounters building and design elements on a daily basis. The continued study of architecture is required for people who want to take their design abilities to the next level.

As an ancient profession, architects were revered as visionaries and builders of nations. Today, architects are still some of the most important participants in designing city centers, buildings, and communities. Urban landscaping and building design are the focuses of both four-year and graduate study programs in the field of architecture. Graduate studies delve further into the philosophy, history, and future of architecture as an art and science.

While you may know the answer to “What is an MA in Architecture Studies?” you might still wonder what the benefits are for pursing this advanced degree. There are quite a few areas of work that require additional knowledge in architecture, including urban development, regional planning, and landscape architecture. A master’s degree in this area can make a candidate more marketable for a coveted position.

The cost of obtaining an MA in an architecture field is different depending on where you take your graduate-level classes. To get an accurate estimate of the total and by-semester costs, speak with the admissions office of the schools you are interested in. Online programs allow more diversity in pricing and choice when pursing advanced degrees, including architectural Master’s degrees.

While a Bachelor’s degree in architecture will open many employment doors, a Master’s will avail even more opportunities to the degree holders. Some of the possible careers include managing an architecture firm, designing municipal gardens, and applying principles of historical design to bold new buildings.

In order to become enrolled in a Master’s study course, one must first find a school that is a good match to personal requirements. You may look online for relevant schools that teach the concepts that will add to your base of architectural knowledge and that will help increase your employability as a professional.  Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Master of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 USA San Francisco

The Master of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs trains students in public policy, urban studies, and grassroots organizing, examining ways policy and community engagement can effect positive change. [+]

The Master of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs trains students in public policy, urban studies, and grassroots organizing, examining ways policy and community engagement can effect positive change.

Our program combines graduate seminars in urban studies, politics, sociology, and public policy with hands-on experience in community-based research, policy design, policy analysis, advocacy, and implementation. Graduates are uniquely equipped to formulate policy and initiatives for more equitable and vibrant urban areas, inspired by thoughtful engagement with the theory and practice of social justice.

Internship – Gain hands-on experience in the field and build a network of professional contacts Career Opportunities – Supported by academic and field mentorship, and leadership development Distinguished Faculty – Comprised of both leading academics and accomplished professionals and practitioners in the field Flexible Schedule – Our full-time program offers courses in the afternoons and evenings. Students can also explore part-time options. Learning Outcomes ... [-]

MA in Architecture and Urbanism

Manchester Metropolitan University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Manchester + 1 more

A taught postgraduate course that conducts research into how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities. The design, functioning and future of urban situations is explored in written, drawn and modelled work that builds on the legacy of twentieth-century urban theory and is directed towards the development of sustainable cities. [+]

A taught postgraduate course that conducts research into how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities. The design, functioning and future of urban situations is explored in written, drawn and modelled work that builds on the legacy of twentieth-century urban theory and is directed towards the development of sustainable cities. Features and benefits of the course:

This course is jointly accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and the University of Manchester (UoM) with cross-disciplinary connections between the Manchester School of Architecture, the School of Environment and Development (UoM) and Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MMU). This is an internationally based course that actively disseminates students’ thesis work through conferences, exhibitions, competitions and publications. About the course ... [-]

MA in Garden and Landscape History

University of London, School of Advanced Study
Campus Full time Part time 12 months October 2018 United Kingdom City of London + 1 more

The MA in Garden and Landscape History at the Institute of Historical Research will provide an academically rigorous environment in which students will develop their academic research and writing skills, and gain a profound understanding of gardens and landscapes spanning the globe and the centuries. [+]

The MA in Garden and Landscape History at the Institute of Historical Research will provide an academically rigorous environment in which students will develop their academic research and writing skills, and gain a profound understanding of gardens and landscapes spanning the globe and the centuries.

This course will be particularly useful for graduates who have completed a first degree in a related subject, as well as for architects and landscape gardeners looking to deepen their subject knowledge or add an edge to their curriculum vitae.

Teaching will occur at the Institute of Historical Research, with a strong emphasis on tutor-student interaction in class. There will also be an emphasis on practical training, with sessions at museums and libraries, and visits to gardens in London. ... [-]


MA in Urban and Regional Planning

University of Westminster - Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA course will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to practise professionally as a spatial planner. It is designed to meet the growing employer needs for staff who can investigate changes in the natural and built environments, manage the challenges of climate change through sustainable development, and debate and critically reflect upon the knowledge and values underpinning current approaches to land use development. [+]

The MA course will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to practise professionally as a spatial planner. It is designed to meet the growing employer needs for staff who can investigate changes in the natural and built environments, manage the challenges of climate change through sustainable development, and debate and critically reflect upon the knowledge and values underpinning current approaches to land use development. Completion of the MA course is the first step to become a full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

The course will support your personal and professional development. You will be able to work in the interdisciplinary and cross-sector environment of urban and regional development, in a variety of private, public and community contexts, and apply your knowledge to practice in specialist areas of planning. The course builds on the University's experience of delivering postgraduate courses in town planning for more than 60 years.... [-]


MA in Interior Architecture

Suffolk University
Campus Full time 1 - 4 years September 2018 USA Boston

The Suffolk Master of Arts in Interior Architecture attracts students from around the world who are interested in art, design, and architecture. The program is accredited by the prestigious Council for Interior Design Accreditation, ensuring students receive a degree that broadens their design skills and their demand in the marketplace. [+]

The Suffolk Master of Arts in Interior Architecture attracts students from around the world who are interested in art, design, and architecture. The program is accredited by the prestigious Council for Interior Design Accreditation, ensuring students receive a degree that broadens their design skills and their demand in the marketplace.

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M.A. in Land & Livelihood Studies

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Campus Full time 2 years July 2018 India Bangalore

Access to land is a key determinant of livelihood security, and it is becoming highly contested in rural and urban areas. Increasingly, livelihoods based directly on land are becoming precarious; and land for the basic necessity of housing is also becoming unaffordable. In the last two decades, we have witnessed changes in the pattern of investments and the nature of industrialization, growth of the service sector, rapid urbanization, agrarian distress, and rather polarized environmental debates. These changes have added a new dimension to the set of relationships that have previously determined ownership of land, work based on land including labor, the environmental quality of land, and food security. The increasing commodification of land is contributing to widening inequalities in rural and urban communities. Moreover “livelihoods” are also being fetishized in many State and non-State interventions, where people are viewed only as beneficiaries, and not as real actors with their own sense of agency. [+]

M.A. in Land & Livelihood Studies

Access to land is a key determinant of livelihood security, and it is becoming highly contested in rural and urban areas. Increasingly, livelihoods based directly on land are becoming precarious; and land for the basic necessity of housing is also becoming unaffordable. In the last two decades, we have witnessed changes in the pattern of investments and the nature of industrialization, growth of the service sector, rapid urbanization, agrarian distress, and rather polarized environmental debates.

These changes have added a new dimension to the set of relationships that have previously determined ownership of land, work based on land including labor, the environmental quality of land, and food security. The increasing commodification of land is contributing to widening inequalities in rural and urban communities. Moreover “livelihoods” are also being fetishized in many State and non-State interventions, where people are viewed only as beneficiaries, and not as real actors with their own sense of agency.... [-]


Master of Arts in Landscape Architecture

Szent István University, Faculty of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism
Campus Full time Part time 4 semesters September 2018 Hungary Budapest + 1 more

The Faculty of Landscape Architecture offers a 4-semester Master of Arts in Landscape Architecture (MLA) Programme, which can be followed full-time and part-time. [+]

The Faculty of Landscape Architecture offers a 4-semester Master of Arts in Landscape Architecture (MLA) Programme, which can be followed full-time and part-time (thematic semesters are offered separately). The MLA Programme provides a unique opportunity for master or bachelor graduates to invest in their future. It will enable professionals to become an innovative landscape architect, a leading landscape designer who analyses and develops all sorts of open space and landscape plans, based on a thorough understanding of landscape planning and design theory and practice.

4-semester degree programme or single semesters as a part time Linking theory to practice Linking landscape design to planning English taught programme Academic award: Master of Arts accredited by IFLA Europe and Hungarian Accreditation Board A step in your career ... [-]

Master in Architecture

Kaunas University of Technology
Campus Full time 4 - 5 years September 2018 Lithuania Kaunas

A dynamic, innovative and practical at the same time, the programme is implemented through Studio method – study courses are integrated into a single complex task: students learn architecture-related principles of drawing, composition, physics, materials strengths, etc. and apply directly in the project they are working on. [+]

A dynamic, innovative and practical at the same time, the programme is implemented through Studio method – study courses are integrated into a single complex task: students learn architecture-related principles of drawing, composition, physics, materials strengths, etc. and apply directly in the project they are working on.

Another exclusivity of the programme lays in the historical, cultural, theoretical and philosophical critical analysis of existing typologies, associated with the design of aesthetic prototyping which integrates constructions, mechanical, ecological and economic research.

This extended undergraduate programme leads to the master’s degree (5 years programme).... [-]


MA Architecture

University for the Creative Arts
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Our MA Architecture course is a research-focused programme that expresses and advances our knowledge of built and occupied space, through direct 1:1 scale making. You'll have the opportunity to undertake individual thematic investigations which will incorporate prototyping, experimenting, re-designing and crafting. This will provide a performative basis for the assessment of your design ambition, ability and research achievement. [+]

MA Architecture

Our MA Architecture course is a research-focused programme that expresses and advances our knowledge of built and occupied space, through direct 1:1 scale making. You'll have the opportunity to undertake individual thematic investigations which will incorporate prototyping, experimenting, re-designing and crafting. This will provide a performative basis for the assessment of your design ambition, ability and research achievement.

Our School of Architecture has been ranked in the Architecture top ten by the 2016 Guardian University Guide.

Length of study: One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts: September 2017

Campus: UCA Canterbury

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MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Medford

The accredited M.A. program in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) at Tufts prepares a new generation of leaders – ‘practical visionaries’ – who will contribute to the development of inclusive and sustainable communities. A nationally accredited program, it is distinct from many other planning and policy programs by having a strong social justice focus [+]

The M.A. program in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) at Tufts prepares a new generation of leaders – ‘practical visionaries’ – who will contribute to the development of inclusive and sustainable communities.

A nationally accredited program, it is distinct from many other planning and policy programs by having a strong social justice focus. Tufts UEP graduate students learn to engage and confront the social and environmental challenges in today’s world of rapid urbanization.

Program Requirements

The accredited M.A. degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning requires completion of 14-course credits (most courses receive one credit), including a thesis (1 or 2 credits) or capstone exam (1 credit), plus an internship. The M.A. program usually takes two-years of full-time study. Students may also enroll in the program on a part-time basis.... [-]


Master in Architecture

University of Luxembourg, Faculty of Language And Literature, Humanities, Arts And Education (FLSHASE)
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Luxembourg Esch-sur-Alzette

The Master in Architecture is a two-year English-taught programme which combines both a traditional curriculum of architectural education and a profiled programme structured around three major themes: architecture, European urbanisation and globalisation. [+]

The Master in Architecture is a two-year English-taught programme which combines both a traditional curriculum of architectural education and a profiled programme structured around three major themes: architecture, European urbanisation and globalisation.

The Master in Architecture educates future architects with specific additional skills in research and knowledge in the field of urban design particular to European urbanism and globalisation.

The Master in Architecture focuses on:

architectural and urban design on different scales in a European context, with an emphasis on the strategic aspects of design architectural and urban research with architectural means (plans, sections, elevations, diagrams, perspectives), focusing particularly on European urbanisation research on the impact of globalisation on cities and regions, as well as on the comparative analysis of typologies in architecture and urbanisation worldwide ... [-]

Master of Arts in Interior Architecture

Aalto University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Finland Espoo Helsinki Pori Mikkeli + 3 more

Interior architecture addresses the close, human scale of space and furniture, used to create meaning and value for people and organisations an to transform and renew the everyday living environment. Dealing with the design of immediate interior and exterior environments, interior architecture requires an understanding of human aspirations and culture, the bodily experience and the senses, and the spatial, material and technological means to meet these needs. [+]

Goal of the education

Interior architecture addresses the close, human scale of space and furniture, used to create meaning and value for people and organisations an to transform and renew the everyday living environment. Dealing with the design of immediate interior and exterior environments, interior architecture requires an understanding of human aspirations and culture, the bodily experience and the senses, and the spatial, material and technological means to meet these needs. A skilled interior architect is capable of integrating diverse elements into functional and experiential design solutions that not only meet but exceed users’ and clients’ expectations and are social, environmentally and economically sustainable.... [-]


MA in Urban Studies (Research)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

For this degree, the candidate should complete research and write a dissertation on an approved, relevant topic. [+]

The candidate should complete research and write a dissertation on an approved, relevant topic.

Admission requirements

Admission will be considered for a student who is in possession of a university based Honours qualification in Urban Studies on NQF Level 7. If a student does not comply with the requirements mentioned above, admission may be granted by the Dean of the Faculty, at the recommendation of the Chairperson of the Department.

Contact details

Name: Dr Liela Groenewald Tel: 011 559 2884 / Email: lielagr@uj.ac.za

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MA in Landscape Architecture

University of Gloucestershire
Campus Full time Part time August 2018 United Kingdom Cheltenham

Develop and refine vital skills and experience, to establish a long-term career in an exciting profession. The world of landscape architecture encompasses many skills and environments. On this course, you will benefit from professional links to industry, an emphasis on sustainability, a wide range of client projects and proactive teaching staff with extensive professional practice experience. [+]

Develop and refine vital skills and experience, to establish a long-term career in an exciting profession.

The world of landscape architecture encompasses many skills and environments. On this course, you will benefit from professional links to industry, an emphasis on sustainability, a wide range of client projects and proactive teaching staff with extensive professional practice experience. As a result, you will acquire the high level of knowledge and professionalism required to build a rewarding career, skillfully tackling 21st-century issues – from sustainability to changes in government policy.

With proximity to cities and rich English landscapes, you will be exposed to the breadth of landscape practice. Landscape architecture is an alchemy of global topics and specific local conditions, and you will develop your skills in this context. The emphasis on both practical and academic aspects of the profession ensures that you will leave with the confidence and insight to go straight into employment and forge a successful career.... [-]


MA in Interior Architecture and Design

Nottingham Trent University: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham + 1 more

This design driven course develops principles and techniques necessary for creating innovative design solutions to interior spaces. Specialising in an area of personal interest within the course framework, you will expand and develop advanced design thinking and the skills required for creating design, management and technological solutions to a range of challenges. [+]

MA Interior Architecture and Design

This design-driven course develops principles and techniques necessary for creating innovative design solutions to interior spaces. Specialising in an area of personal interest within the course framework, you will expand and develop advanced design thinking and the skills required for creating design, management and technological solutions to a range of challenges.

This course:

focuses on interior spatial interventions in the context of existing or new buildings; develops advanced design, management and technical skills; enables you to focus on areas of interest to you; benefits from strong links with industry; offers extensive opportunities to work on live design projects; is available full-time, part-time and by continuing professional development. ... [-]