Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Architecture

We’re proud to be the first school of architecture in the United States to roll out the ground-breaking teaching, research and design environment known as the Unit System in the 2020-21 academic year. We explore architecture as a field of open experimentation while remaining grounded in a shared commitment to the social good. The Master of Science in Architecture post-professional program embraces the role of the architect in contemporary society as a politically engaged, positive agent of change. Using New York City as a laboratory, our curriculum propels students into the urban landscape to connect with stakeholders and to draw inspiration from the city’s teeming diversity.

The MS Arch program is directed at students who already hold a first professional degree in architecture and who wish to deepen their design abilities and expand their knowledge of contemporary theory, technology, and environmental systems. The three studios in the sequence — which can be completed in one calendar year or spread out over a longer period — provide in-depth studies of architectural problems that seek to integrate the forms, ideas, and technologies that anticipate construction. Projects may also explore the far boundaries of the discipline of architecture, participating in the research behind its continuing reinvention.

Students have the opportunity to take a number of elective courses and pursue independent study coursework and teaching opportunities in areas of their own special interest including handcraft, digital fabrication, history, contemporary architectural theory, technology, and sustainable building practices. These may be selected from programs of the Spitzer School as well as from other City University of New York institutions, including the Graduate Center. Students are strongly encouraged to seek these points of conjuncture between architecture and related disciplines that are most meaningful to their individual development as practitioners.

Students graduate as multivalent and agile thinkers, ready to confront difficult and unpredictable design challenges with innovative ideas. Come join us if you want to use design to make the world a better place.

Total Program Credits: 48

Fall: 18 credits
Spring: 18 credits
Summer: 12 credits
Note: For students who desire a longer course of study, it is possible to distribute the credits over up to four semesters with or without summer coursework.

STEM Designation

Both the M Arch I and MS Arch programs are listed within the U.S. government’s official STEM fields list and are therefore eligible for the STEM OPT extension for F-1 students.  See the STEM OPT Hub for more information.

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