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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Architectural Studies, MA

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Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design  > Architectural Studies, MA

Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Architectural Studies must have earned a four-year Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. Students must also select one of the areas of advanced study as listed. The Master of Arts in Architectural Studies is an advanced degree. It is not a post-professional degree.  

Admission Requirements

Applicants should complete the online graduate application process found at How to Apply, including a non-refundable application fee. Additionally, applicants should submit a portfolio directly by mail to the College of Architecture & Design Graduate Admissions Office.

  • Portfolio Requirements
    • Purpose
      • The portfolio allows reviewers to determine an applicant’s potential for success in a studio based design curriculum. Evidence of creative work is not limited to Architecture, Interior Architecture, or Industrial Design work. Examples of creative work may include designs, drawings, photographs, paintings, sculpture, writing, or other creative pursuits. Please include a brief explanation of work submitted.
    • Portfolio Content - Architectural Studies
      • Applicants should submit examples of work demonstrating an ability to pursue study at an advanced level. The portfolio should be of high quality and provide evidence of well-developed graphic skills, a sense of design, and an understanding of space, form, and volume at different scales. The review committee assumes the portfolio represents the applicant’s best abilities in design.
    • Portfolio Format

Degree Requirements

Course of Study:

Students must have a minimum of 30 credit hours of approved study that include the following:

  • 15 credit hours in advanced, prescribed courses as described below.
  • 15 credit hours of elective study approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.

Students must obtain approval of their degree plans, including electives, before the conclusion of the first term of enrollment.

Some prerequisites may be required.

Year One



  • ARCH X3XX:  Elective/Independent Research*
  • ARCH X3XX:  Elective/Independent Research*
  • ARCH X3XX:  Elective/Independent Research*
  • Credit Hours: 6.0

  • *Courses must be selected with a graduate academic advisor and with the approval of the director of Graduate Studies.

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