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The department’s mission is to educate future design practitioners, advance research of the built environment and disseminate knowledge of architectural studies to improve quality of life for people. The philosophy of the Department of Architectural Studies embraces the synergy created between architecture and interior design. Having a symbiotic relationship, both fields explore the design process and its final products. Promoting the meaning and value of physical settings and responding to the human condition, the program investigates the interaction between people and their surroundings to create a more beautiful and sustainable world.

The program encourages an interdisciplinary, scholarly climate celebrating aesthetic values and the human sciences. Consistent attention is placed on planning and designing physical environments that support human needs and aspirations. Course work may include courses in supportive areas such as the human and physical sciences, art, humanities and allied design professions.

Graduate programs offer two emphases: 1) in environment and behavior studies with a creative project leading to an MA degree and with research leading to the MS and PhD degrees and 2) in design with digital media studies leading to the MA, MS and PhD degrees. The graduate program builds on Architectural Studies course work and a core of courses in design theory, research methods, graduate seminars, research and readings in environment and behavior.

Degrees Offered

Architectural Studies, Master of Science/Master of Arts

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The program offers a Master of Arts and a Master of Science in Architectural Studies with emphasis areas in Design with Digital Media and Environment & Behavior.

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 15

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Architectural Studies Program

  • Statement of graduate goals and educational objectives discussing: which of the department’s emphasis areas is of interest; intentions regarding the M.A., M.S.; and request for a specific advisor (upload to the Graduate Studies online application).
  • 3 letters of recommendation (excluding MU Architectural Studies faculty). Can be submitted through the Graduate Studies online application.
  • Portfolio (Required for applicants with background in design)
  • Resume/CV
  • GRE: Only required for design with digital media applicants

Human Environmental Sciences with Architectural Studies Emphasis, Doctor of Philosophy

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Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 15

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Architectural Studies Program

  • Statement of graduate goals and educational objectives discussing: which of the department’s emphasis areas of interest; intentions regarding PhD; and request for a specific advisor (upload to the Graduate Studies online application).
  • 3 letters of recommendation (excluding MU Architectural Studies faculty). Can be submitted through the Graduate Studies online application.
  • Portfolio (Required for applicants with background in design)
  • Resume/CV