Master of Science in Architecture

Stephen Caffey, Ph.D. 
Associate Department Head for M.S. and Ph.D. Programs
Instructional Assistant Professor

Ginger White
Graduate Academic Advisor

The Master of Science in Architecture is an advanced, multidisciplinary, 32-credit hour thesis degree program designed to provide highly qualified students with a traditional academic foundation in theoretical concepts and research methods in Architecture. In this program, students develop support courses and a thesis topic in an emphasis area offered by the department or research centers associated with the college.

The Master of Science, a thesis program administered through the Department of Architecture, has been in existence since 1991, evolving from a post-professional degree offering. The degree is a non-professional degree at the master's level for those seeking advanced knowledge in preparation for careers in architectural research, university teaching, or specialized practice and consulting. The degree may also act as a milestone toward a Ph.D. in architecture.

The student can focus his or her studies within the emphasis areas and exploration topics formally identified by the Department of Architecture. Applicants are invited to inquire about topics outside of those areas, providing they can identify a core of available faculty and support resources, and submit a clearly defined plan of study.

Applicants to the Master of Science in Architecture program should be persons who, as a result of their academic and professional experiences, seek advanced knowledge in preparation for careers in Architectural research, university teaching , or specialized practice and consulting.They will be expected to enter the program with a clear idea of the concentration for their study. Students will determine a specific course of study and thesis topic in consultation with the faculty.

Admission to the Master of Science in Architecture program is offered to those students possessing professional degrees in architecture as well as to those possessing undergraduate degrees in related disciplines. Applicants must meet general university standards. Persons in fields other than Architecture may be admitted conditionally and may be required to take additional course work. Admission is also dependent upon the availability of appropriate faculty in emphasis areas identified by applicants. Besides completing the standard university graduate application, the applicant must also:

In some cases the applicant may also be asked to participate in an onsite interview.

Coursework

The Master of Science in Architecture degree requires the completion of a minimum of 32 credit hours as outlined by the course work listed below. Students who lack proficiencies appropriate to their chosen area of study may require course work beyond the basic 32 hours. Specific deficiencies will be identified by the degree coordinator, the student's advisory committee chair, and/or the advisory committee. To maintain the full-time student status, a student must take at least 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semester.

All students will be assigned a temporary advisor upon admittance to the program. The student is responsible for selecting a faculty member with expertise in the chosen focus area to chair the student's thesis committee. The student and the committee chair will locate two or more graduate faculty members to join the committee. The role of the thesis committee is to provide guidance, advice, and critical judgment for the student in matters of degree planning, research methods, and the thesis. Faculty and Research Interests

Required Courses for All Students Pursuing the M.S. in Architecture:

Additional required courses include one graduate-level history course and one graduate-level theory course with the course prefix ARCH.

Pattern Study Courses:

Thesis:

Representative M.S. in Architecture Thesis AbstractsThe College of Architecture, in conjunction with its five research centers and laboratories, offers six advanced certificate programs. The details of these programs are here.

Admissions

International Students

International students with degrees from institutions outside the United States should submit all applications to the Office of Admissions and Records by December 15 for fall admission in the following year.

International students must also submit one of the following: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal score of 146 minimum, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores of 80 minimum, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of 6.0 minimum, or Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic of 53 minimum.

University Policy on English Proficiency for Graduate Students

language requirements

Additional Requirements

With the application, all students must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. The recommended minimum combined score of 300 must include a minimum of 146 Verbal for international students. Use code 6003 for reporting GRE scores (department code not needed).

Financial Resources for Successful Applicants

Though a number of teaching and research assistantships as well as competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships may be available for Master of Science students, no guaranteed funding is provided. All students entering the M.S. program should plan to be fully self-supporting through personal funds and/or student loans. Non-U.S. students must provide verification of financial status.

Spring and Summer Admission

Successful applicants will only be admitted in the fall semester. The M.S. in Architecture does not accept admission for spring or summer.

Application

Application for Graduate Admission

Contacts

Inquiries regarding the Master of Science in Architecture English language certification, application requirements and admission details related to the M.S. in Architecture program should be directed to:

     Ginger White
     Program Coordinator I
     Graduate Academic Advisor
     Department of Architecture 
     College of Architecture
     Texas A & M University 
     College Station, Texas 77843-3137
     Phone: +1 (979) 458-3042
     Email: march@arch.tamu.edu

Inquiries regarding coursework, graduate faculty, and research focus for the M.S. in Architecture should be directed to:

     Stephen Caffey, Ph.D.
     Associate Department Head for M.S. and Ph.D. Programs
     Instructional Assistant Professor
     College of Architecture
     Texas A & M University
     College Station, TX 77843-3137
     Phone: +1 (979) 845-1015
     Email: stephencaffey@tamu.edu