University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture

Master of Science in Architecture

Dave buildingThe Master of Science program is a post-professional, non-accredited degree in the Department of Architecture in the School of Architecture and Environment in the College of Design.  The M.S. degree allows students to complete advanced research or design work and is intended to build on an existing professional degree. This degree allows students to focus on a research thesis or a design thesis. The M.S. degree program is for students who already hold a professional degree in the area for which they are applying (architecture or interior architecture). These students must have completed a NAAB (ARCH) accredited degree, CIDA (IARC) accredited degree or the international equivalent prior to enrolling.  This is a minimum 4-term thesis program that begins in the fall.

If the application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the following business day.

Students complete a minimum of four terms in residence and 45 credits, including at least 9 credits in Thesis (ARCH 503) or Terminal Project (ARCH 611).

Students in this program are expected to develop an individual research topic in one or more of the following areas of research:

  • Building environments: quality, function and aesthetics
  • Sustainable cities and settlements, livable communities, urban design, housing design
  • Green technologies, high-performance envelopes, net-zero buildings, eco-districts
  • Craft and fabrication: green building materials and products
  • Behavioral factors: cultural, social, and economic sustainability
  • Raising levels of occupant and community member perception, performance, and health
  • Design modeling, simulations, and communications
  • Architectural and urban history, theory, preservation, adaptive reuse


    The M.S. curriculum focuses on individual research that draws from professional and general university courses and consultation with the student’s advisor and thesis committee. For more information about the thesis, see the Graduate School website.


    For further information on the Master of Science in Architecture degree requirements, see the M.S. in Architecture Curriculum Outline.