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M.S. in Architecture - Metropolitan Design





Cities are by their very nature under continuous cycles of urban transformations. Yet, there are a few instances in the history of a city that the drive producing these transformations is accelerated by a cultural momentum that can become tremendously innovative. Such occurrences often signal a new period of civic consciousness contributing toward the creation of a better quality of urban living.



The Metropolitan Design Program at the College of Design focuses on the challenges confronting 21st century cities. As demographic and economic shifts continue to reshape urban and suburban communities, cities have become talent attractors and innovation generators prompted by the rise of a knowledge-based economy.

Students in the M.S. in Metropolitan Design program will learn how cities have reached this point, how these urbanization trends play out in particular case studies, and how to apply this knowledge in an urban-design studio. This degree equips its graduates with the skills to contribute to urban design decision-making in professional offices, in municipalities and government agencies, and in urban-oriented non-profits.


Learn more about the National Architectural Accrediting Board's accreditation requirements and licensure prerequisites.




Students who successfully complete the MS-MD degree are eligible to receive 936 hours of IDP credit -- that is 17% of the 5,600 hours of mandatory internship for registration as an architect.

To receive the IDP credit, the MS-MD degree must be earned after receiving the M. Arch degree.

MS-MD has the CIP code designation 04-0902: Architectural and Building Sciences/Technologies. As a STEM program, international students on an F-1 visa receive two additional years of OPT.

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