Master of Science in Architecture

IMPORTANT: We are not currently accepting any new application for our Masters Program. Please check with the Department frequently to find out when we will be accepting applications again.

The M.S. ARCH program is a non-professional academic degree program that offers an opportunity for advanced study and research in specialized subfields of architecture. The program is intended to accompany and enhance degrees related to the built environment and provide a basis for diverse career paths including practice, research, teaching, consulting and entry into a Ph.D. level program.

The ideal student candidate is a critical thinker who is intensely curious about the built environment, is committed to positive change, ecologically sensitive design and who is not afraid to the take risks and to push the design envelope. While an undergraduate degree in Architecture is not required, applicants must demonstrate relevant background and experience, as well as the capability to undertake an advanced academic study. All students are required to submit a portfolio demonstrating graphic competency and design thinking skills.

The program is 36 credits taken over three semesters (Fall, Spring, Fall). The M.S. ARCH program provides graduates with the knowledge and leadership skills necessary for a successful career in two concentrations: Technology of Architecture and Urbanism.

All students entering the program take a common core composed of two seminar courses, each designed to enhance research and critical thinking skills. Students also take a set of courses, specific to their concentration, that includes either a research or design thesis.



This curriculum covers a wide range of principles including; urban design theory and planning, spatial analysis, ecological strategies, social ecologies and community and urban practice and strategies.

Technology of Architecture (Sustainable Design)

This curriculum covers a wide range of principles including; global sustainable design strategies, green design concepts and rating systems, energy and environmental quality, materials and assemblies and building performance analytics.

Program of Study

Students pursuing a Master of Science in Architecture must complete all degree requirements as outlined in the current Graduate Catalog.

Graduate Assistantships

Limited and competitively based Graduate Assistantships are available. Please visit the Department of Architecture office (N Building, first floor) for information.

Course Schedules

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Graduate Application

Acceptance to the M.S. ARCH program is based on the following criteria:

  • Bachelors Degree from a regionally accredited institution in architecture, allied design disciplines, engineering, humanities and liberal arts.
  • GRE scores: Verbal 159, Quantitative 160, Analytical 3.5.
  • Minimum Grade Point Average 3.0.
  • Statement of Purpose: A concise narrative of student’s design or research interest (2 pages).
  • Design Portfolio: Applicants coming from design disciplines (15 pages in pdf format).

Note: Applicants with other than design-based degrees may, upon evaluation, be required to take additional courses.


  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly.
  • GRE Score Report - Request that your scores be sent electronically to KSU (school code 5359). No department code is necessary.
  • Statement of Purpose (Can be uploaded into the online application) - A concise narrative of student’s design or research interest (2 pages).
  • Design Portfolio - (Can be uploaded into the online application) Applicants coming from design disciplines (15 pages in pdf format).
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated April 29, 2019
This course is Campus based
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3 semesters
290 USD
Resident tuition fee for 1 credit hour: $290.00. Non-resident tuition fee for 1 credit hour: $1,045.00. Other fees may apply.
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