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College of Architecture and Environmental Design

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

201 Taylor Hall
Tel: 330-672-2917


The Master of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design program is a thirty-five (35) credit hour, research-intensive STEM program with one-year full residency requirement. Six (6) credits are required research methods coursework, three credits (3) required theories of architecture, nine (9) credits of thesis research and thesis, twelve (12) credits of directed electives selected with the advisor, and six (6) credits of free electives. The program is best suites for individuals interested in pursuing a specialization in the built environment. 

The program of study is designed to enable students to customize their research degree with the approval of the thesis advisor and Master of Science Graduate Committee (MSGC) and may be taken as a combined degree with the M. Arch. 

Career Opportunities

According to the Department of Labor, the employment of architects and interior designers is expected to grow by 7% and 4% respectively from 2014 to 2024. The job prospects, however, will be highly competitive because of the growing number of students graduating with architectural degrees. The best job opportunities will be for candidates who can distinguish themselves with up-to-date technical skills and experience in sustainable design. 

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

Admission will be offered to students with professional or pre-professional degrees in environmental design fields of study. Conditional admission may be offered to candidates with undergraduate and graduate degrees in related disciplines. In this case, additional coursework will be required.

In addition to the University general requirements, the applicants of the Master of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design are expected to have completed a bachelor degree or equivalent from a college or university with a minimum of 3.2 GPA. Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 and higher may be conditionally admitted on an individual basis. Admission to the program is administered through the Master of Science graduate committee and is based on:

  • Providing a resume giving and educational and work history
  • Providing a two-page statement of purpose and outline of a proposed study program
  • Providing three letters of recommendation
  • Submitting an Official transcript per University description
  • Providing GRE test scores
  • For international students, a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT
  • Portfolio for design and research work

For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 35 credit hours, including thesis.

Thesis/ Dissertation

Thesis required


1 year