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Master of Science in Architectural Studies

The 30-credit, two-semester Master of Science in Architectural Studies (MSAS) program provides students the opportunity to engage in research specialization or focus beyond that possible within the professional degree programs.

Two concentrations are currently available: Architectural Pedagogy, and the History and Culture of Architecture.


The MSAS program is open to students who hold an undergraduate degree in architecture, as well as to students who are already enrolled in another degree program in the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design. Academic advisors help each student craft a unique curriculum that builds toward individual research goals, ultimately culminating in a thesis project. Students are able to take courses both within the Sam Fox School and in other departments across the University, allowing them to construct a broad foundation for their research. The thesis project allows students to conduct research on a wide variety of topics in architectural pedagogy, history, and theory, and is the apex of the program.


Mandatory Thesis or Project: 6 credits (minimum)
Research Preparation: 3 credits
Seminars, Directed Research, Extra-School, Independent Study: 21 credits
Total: 30 credits

*A maximum of 15 credits can be counted towards both the MArch, MLA, or MUD program and the MSAS program. Decisions regarding course credit counting towards more than one program will be made by the academic advisor.

*Credits may not be transferred from another institution into the MSAS program. Potential candidates must apply directly to the program.


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Robert McCarter

Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture

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Eric Mumford

Rebecca and John Voyles Professor of Architecture