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Master of Science in Architecture

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

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 pursue support courses and develop a thesis topic in an emphasis area offered by the department or research centers associated with the college. The MS degree is a non- professional degree for those seeking advanced knowledge in preparation for careers in architectural research, university teaching, or specialized practice and consulting. The degree may also serve as a pathway toward the Ph.D. in architecture.

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. Admission depends upon the chosen area of research and the availability of qualified faculty in emphasis areas identified by applicants.

Applicants must submit a graduate application, meet general university standards and submit the following:

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


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 academic preparation appropriate to their chosen area of study may require coursework at the undergraduate and/or graduate level in addition to the required 32 hours. Any such 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.

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

Additional required courses include:

Pattern Study Courses:


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


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 their 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 for Graduate Admission


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
     Graduate Academic Advisor
     Department of Architecture 
     College of Architecture
     Texas A & M University 
     College Station, Texas 77843-3137
     Phone: 979.458.3042

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 Associate Professor
     College of Architecture
     Texas A & M University
     College Station, TX 77843-3137
     Phone: 979.845-5134