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Master of Science in Architecture Design and Research (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Architecture Design and Research (M.S.) is an advanced, post-professional degree, featuring the concentration Digital and Material Technologies. The degree is offered by Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the Rackham Graduate School.

Important Dates & Information:

Application and Portfolio Deadline: The Fall 2020 application is open till June 1, 2020. (11:59 pm pacific standard time) for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents students only. 
Enrollment Deposit and Intent to Enroll Deadline: June 15

The MS in Architecture Design and Research capitalizes on the University of Michigan's unique position as a premier research university with over 95 top five ranked departments. The University's scope and breadth across various architecture-related disciplines is integral to the course of study in all concentrations. Our program is particularly appropriate for graduates with a B.Arch. or M.Arch. professional degrees in architecture (or equivalent degrees in related fields). The MS provides an additional credential that enables its graduates to pursue research and entrepreneurial practices, careers in the academy, or to expand their architectural practice.

MS in Architecture Design and Research degree concentration:

The degree introduces participants to design and research methods and new knowledge in digital and material technologies. Taubman College's Master of Science (MS) is an intensive 3 term (10 month) post-professional academic degree with a focus on design and research. Master of Science Degree Concentrations include:

MS in Architecture Design and Research Incoming Merit-Based Scholarships

All Master of Science applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Applicants are notified whether they have been offered a scholarship award in their admission letter. Scholarships can range from partial to full semesters of tuition. About one half of the incoming Master of Science students typically receive a scholarship. These financial scholarships are made possible through our generous alumni and friends of Taubman College. Because financial resources are limited, applicants are encouraged to seek out other sources of funding as well.

Each year 1 to 2 students are also selected for the prestigious MSc Fellowship position which comes with a stipend, and a research and mentorship position with a faculty member within their concentration.

STEM-Designated Degree Program

The Master of Science in Architecture Design and Research degree is an approved field of study within the U.S. government’s official STEM fields list.  Practical work experience in your field of study, typically after completion of a degree for a maximum of 36 months (12 months of “regular” OPT with a 24-month extension possible).  For further details regarding STEM extensions contact the International Center


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