University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture

Master of Science in Architecture

Dave buildingThe post-professional Master of Science in Architecture degree provides an opportunity for advanced study and contribution to knowledge in the field through the thesis. The course of study prepares students for careers in research, teaching, consulting, and further graduate study. Students will also gain a greater understanding of the relationship between the discipline and the profession while working closely with faculty mentors helping to guide their individual research.

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.