Master of Science in Architecture (Portland)

Degree Requirements | Non-Studio Requirements | Sample Curriculum Outline


Degree Overview

The master of science degree allows students to complete advanced research or design work that builds on an existing professional degree. This degree allows students to focus on a research thesis or a design thesis. This is a non-professional degree. Students who choose to study in Portland have access to a vital urban laboratory and a range of facilities housed in the historic White Stag Block in the heart of downtown. Learn more about what our faculty members are researching by reading their profiles or browsing the Guide to Research + Creative Practice.


Degree Requirements (45 Minimum Credits)

Masters in architecture students who study in Portland may choose to add one of the following optional Specializations or Graduate Certificates to their degree:

Further details on completing these specializations and certificates are available with the departmental academic advisor.

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Courses

Professional Coursework (minimum 45 credits)

MS students may select any number of courses and are strongly recommended to take both research methods courses.

ARCH 601 Research

4-8 Credits

ARCH 617 Built Environment Design and Theory

4 Credits

ARCH 620 Research Methods in Sustainable Design

4 Credits

ARCH 633 History of Sustainable Design

4 Credits

ARCH 678 Advanced Research Methods in Sustainable Design

 

4 Credits


Electives

Below is a list of advanced seminar courses that may assist students in their thesis. Graduates have additional readings, end-of-term paper requirements, comprehensive analysis, research presentations, and/or additional time with the instructor.

ARCH 535 Priciples of Urban Design
ARCH 537 Theory of Urban Design II
ARCH 595 Daylighting
ARCH 596 The Window
ARCH 598 Energy Scheming
ARCH 510 Experimental Course: Housing Design
ARCH 510 Experimental Course: High-Performance Buildings
ARCH 510 Experimental Course: Postoccupancy Evaluation
ARCH 605 Reading and Conference
ARCH 606 Special Problems
ARCH 608 Colloquium
AAAP 510 Experimental Course: Adaptive Reuse Seminar (Portland only)
AAAP 510 Experimental Course: Preservation and Transportation (Portland only)
AAAP 510 Experimental Course: Preservation Economics (Portland only)
AAAP 510 Experimental Course: Preservation Technology: Masonry (Portland only)
AAAP 510 Experimental Course: Preservation Technology Woods and Metals (Portland only)
AAAP 510 Experimental Course: Historic American Buildings Survey–Historic American Engineering Record Documentation
AAAP 510 Experimental Course: American Architecture from a Preservation Perspective I, II, III

Technical Teaching Courses

ARCH 602 Supervised College Teaching
ARCH 661 Teaching Technical Subjects in Architecture
ARCH 690 Teaching Technology in Architectural Design

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Sample Curriculum Outline

This sequence serves as a sample guide for how a student might prograss over a four-term period. The exact sequence of courses taken will depend on the program of study by each student, course availability, and potential teaching commitments. Many students take five to six terms for completion.

Year One

FALL TERM

10 Credits

ARCH 601 Research

4 Credits

ARCH 620 Research Methods in Sustainable Design

4 Credits

ARCH 661 Teaching Technical Subjects in Architecture
 

2 Credits

WINTER TERM

11 Credits

ARCH 601 Research

4 Credits

Elective

3 Credits

Elective
 

4 Credits

SPRING TERM

15 Credits

ARCH 601 Research

4 Credits

ARCH 678 Advanced Research in Sustainable Design

4 Credits

Elective

4 Credits

Elective

3 Credits


Year Two

FALL TERM

9 Credits

ARCH 503 Thesis

9 Credits


Master of Science in Architecture
Degree Requirements

 

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