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M.S. in Architecture - Sustainable Design Sample Program

The M.S. in Architecture-Sustainable Design Track requires a total of 34 credits, typically completed over one-and-a-half years. Coursework includes four foundation courses (12 credits), 6 credits of electives in architecture, 6 credits of electives outside of architecture, and 10 credits for the Plan A Thesis or Plan B Project(s). At least 24 of the credits are completed before registering for either the Plan A Thesis or a Plan B Project(s). Students enrolled in the M.S.in Architecture - Sustainable Design Track may select either the Plan A Thesis or Plan B Project(s) to demonstrate familiarity with the tools of research or scholarship in their major field, the ability to work independently, and the ability to present the results of their investigation effectively.

 

1. Foundation Courses (required)
12 credits
ARCH 8561: Sustainable Design Theory and Practice
3 credits
ARCH 8563: Energy and Indoor Environmental Quality in Sustainable Design
3 credits
ARCH 8565: Material Performance in Sustainable Building
3 credits
ARCH 8567: Site and Water in Sustainable Design
3 credits
2. Elective Courses in Architecture
6 credits
Elective course offerings vary each semester.  Please see current list of suggested electives inside Architecture, as well as class schedule for details.  
3. Elective Courses outside Architecture
6 credits
Elective course offerings vary each semester.  Please see current list of suggested electives outside Architecture, as well as class schedule for details.  
4. Master's Degree with Thesis or Project(s)
10 credits
For the Plan A thesis, students must enroll in ARCH 8777 for 10 credits. For the Plan B Project, students register for 10 credits of additional coursework and develop one or two projects/papers requiring up to 120 hours of additional work. The Plan B coursework may be a combination of directed studies, courses in architecture, or courses in related fields, determined with approval by the M.S. Director. Students are examined upon completion of all coursework for the Master's degree.  
Total
34 credits

 

M.S. Program Options and Example Schedules

Students who enter the M.S. in Architecture-Sustainable Design Track may enroll in the program for only the M.S. degree or combine it with the M.Arch. degree. Listed below are example schedules that outline possible course sequences for students in either option: Option One: the M.S. (only) or Option Two: the dual degree, which combines the M.S. and the professional M.Arch. (M.S. + M.Arch.).

Option One: M.S. in Architecture-Sustainable Design (M.S. Only)

Example Semester Schedule (M.S. -- 3 semester plan)

 

YEAR ONE
Fall Semester
12 credits
ARCH 8561: Sustainable Design Theory and Practice
3 credits
ARCH 8567: Site and Water in Sustainable Design
3 credits
Elective course (in architecture)
3 credits
Elective course (outside architecture)
3 credits
Spring Semester
12 credits
ARCH 8563: Energy and Indoor Environmental Quality in Sustainable Design
3 credits
ARCH 8565: Material Performance in Sustainable Building
3 credits
Elective course (in architecture)
3 credits
Elective course (outside architecture)
3 credits
YEAR TWO
Fall Semester
10 credits
Plan A Thesis or Plan B Project(s) + 10 credits coursework
10 credits
Total
34 credits

Note: This is an example of a schedule, students may tailor the curriculum to support their interests. Students are advised to use the following program planning worksheet for planning purposes.



Option Two: M.S. in Architecture-Sustainable Design + M.Arch. (Dual Degree)

Students who simultaneously enroll in the M.S. and the M.Arch. program may complete both programs in three and one-half years. A maximum of 24 credits may be overlapped in the M.S. and M.Arch. Credits required to satisfy the final project or thesis for either degree may not be double-counted. M.Arch. students must develop and present a Master's Final Project; M.S. Plan B students may combine design studios and independent research or additional courses of 10 credits. It is strongly recommended that the student in this situation select a Plan B project(s) for the M.S. (10 credits) since the M.Arch. requires a Master’s Final Project (Plan C, 10 credits).


Candidates may consider completing the M.Arch. Master's Final Project after they have completed the Plan B project(s) which may provide the research base for the Master's Final Project. For students already enrolled in the M.Arch. program, it is recommended that M.S. program applications to the Graduate School and the School of Architecture be submitted—at the latest—by the second year of the graduate program (GD 2) in order to develop a course plan and establish examining committee members. The following schedule is one example of how the M.S. and M.Arch. coursework could be integrated.

Example Semester Schedule (M.S. + M.Arch. -- 7 semester plan)

 

YEAR ONE
Fall Semester
15 credits
ARCH 5411: Principles of Design Theory
3 credits
ARCH 5515: Technology I: Building Materials and Construction Systems
3 credits
ARCH 8251: Graduate Architectural Design I
9 credits
Spring Semester
17 credits
ARCH 5516: Technology II: Luminous and Thermal Design
6 credits
Project Module
4 credits
Elective course
3 credits
Elective course
3 credits
ARCH 5110: Architecture as Catalyst
1 credit
YEAR TWO
Fall Semester
15 credits
ARCH 5621: Professional Practice in Architecture
3 credits
ARCH 5517 Technology III: Structural Systems
3 credits
ARCH 8253: Graduate Architectural Design II
9 credits
Spring Semester
15 credits
ARCH 8254: Technical Applications in Design
4 credits
Project Module
4 credits
ARCH 8563: Energy and Indoor Environmental Quality in Sustainable Design (M.S. overlap)
3 credits
Elective course (outside architecture, M.S. overlap)
3 credits
ARCH 5110: Architecture as Catalyst
1 credit
YEAR THREE
Fall Semester
15 credits
ARCH 8561: Sustainable Design Theory and Practice (M.S. overlap)
3 credits
ARCH 8567: Site and Water in Sustainable Design (M.S. overlap)
3 credits
Elective course (outside architecture, M.S. overlap)
3 credits
ARCH 8255: Graduate Architectural Design III (M.S. overlap)
6 credits
Spring Semester
13 credits
ARCH 8299: Master’s Final Project
10 credits
ARCH 8565: Material Performance in Sustainable Building
3 credits
YEAR FOUR
Fall Semester
14 credits
Plan A Thesis or Plan B Project(s) + 10 credits coursework
10 credits
Total
100 credits

Note: This is an example of a schedule, students may tailor the curriculum to support their interests. Students may choose to reverse the M.Arch. Master's Final Project and the M.S. Plan A Thesis/Plan B Project(s). Students are advised to use the following program planning worksheet for planning purposes.

 


Read the program booklet.

 

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