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The Master of Science [MS] in Architecture + Health offers the opportunity to undertake focused research and scholarship responsive to increasingly complex challenges associated with healthcare architecture, and relationships between health and the built environment at multiple scales. The Master of Science degree is not a professional degree that will satisfy licensure requirements. However, it is excellent preparation for the interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Planning, Design, and the Built Environment (PDBE), and may be well suited to US and international students holding a professional degree in architecture (B. Arch. or M. Arch.) and seeking to develop a focused area of knowledge in Architecture + Health, initiate an academic career, or pursue a focused and individually determined plan of study and research related to a specific relationship between architecture and health.

Requirements for the MS degree consist of 24 credit hours of coursework and directed studies, and a minimum of 6 credit hours of thesis work, which will take a minimum of one year to complete at 15 credit hours per semester. MS Students within Architecture + Health program work closely with M.Arch students in many classes and are expected to take the same required seminar courses in the concentration: ARCH 685, ARCH 688, ARCH 886, HLTH 600, and ARCH 821. Students work closely with a Major Advisor and an Advisory Committee, with whom they determine an individual Plan of Study. The advisors periodically review the student's work and evaluate the research thesis.

Admission is based on previous academic credentials, GRE scores, TOEFL or IELTS scores (for international students), a design portfolio, and a detailed statement of purpose and intent. Since MS students work closely with a major advisor, they are most likely to be admitted if they have identified a potential advisor and discussed a possible plan of study with a faculty member in advance of their application. Faculty members are limited in the number of MS students whom they can advise, so admission may be limited and competitive.

For further information on an MS in Architecture + Health, contact Professor David Allison,


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