Jun 12, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Architecture, MS

Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design  > Architecture, MS

Students pursuing the Master’s of Science in Architecture must have earned a Bachelor of Architecture or equivalent professional degree from an accredited university. Students must also select on of the areas of advanced study as listed. The Master of Science in Architecture is a post-professional degree.

For more information, please view Master of Science in Architecture.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should complete the online graduate application process found at www.uh.edu/graduate-school/admissions/how-to-apply, including a non-refundable application fee ($50 domestic/$125 international). Additionally, applicants should submit a portfolio directly by mail to the College of Architecture & Design Graduate Admissions office. 

Portfolio Requirement


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

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

The current requirements for the design and format of the admissions portfolio is found on the College of Architecture & Design website at Graduate Studies.

Degree Requirements

Credit hours required for this degree: 36.0

Students must have a minimum of 36 credit hours of approved study that include the following:

  • 15 credit hours in advanced, prescribed courses as described below.
  • 21 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 semester of enrollment.

Some prerequisites may be required. Entering students must obtain approval of their degree plans before the ends of the first semester.



  • ARCH X3XX: Elective/Independent Research*

    ARCH X3XX: Elective/Independent Research*

    ARCH X3XX: Elective/Independent Research*

    ARCH X3XX: Elective/Independent Research*

  • Credit Hours: 6.0