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Master of Science in Architecture (MSArch)

Woodbury School of Architecture offers a 1-year post-professional Master of Science in Architecture (MSArch) for those students with a professional degree in architecture. The MSArch degree serves as an armature for independent research within the context of academic infrastructure. This degree is offered at both our Los Angeles and San Diego locations, with different specializations available at each.

The MSArch degree embodies a fresh approach to architecture. Within an intimate and immersive program, our innovative coursework trains students to engage in the architectural discourse of the city, making clear-eyed connections between their work, new technologies in both representation and realization, and built and natural environments.

Students may work within faculty-led initiatives, including:

-ACE Center (ACE)
-Arid Lands Institute (ALI)
-Julius Shulman Institute (JSI)
-Landscape + Urbanism (L+U)
-Real Estate Development for Architects (RED)
-Rome Center for Architecture and Culture (RCAC)
-Urban Policy Center (UP Center)

Within these individual initiatives and or under faculty-guided independent research, students are able and encouraged to take advantage of the courses and expertise offered by the other schools of Woodbury University, including: Business; Media Culture & Design; and the College of Transdisciplinarity.

MSArch applicants should demonstrate a possible specific architectural research interest, as well as submit a portfolio. All students should edit and format graphically exemplary and relevant architectural, art, photographic, literary, critical or scientific work into a quality bound or digital product.


Photo Credits: 1 – Gerard Smulevich; 3 – John Southern

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    If you’re ready to apply to our MSArch program, you can click the APPLY button on the right to submit your application electronically. If you have questions about the program, use the contact form to get in touch with one of our admissions counselors who will get back to you within 24 hours. Alternatively, you can initiate a chat with our admissions service team.

    Our dedicated admissions counselor for this program will be able to answer your questions about the MSArch program, scholarships, financial aid, transfer credits, portfolios and related questions. We’re also happy to put you in touch with faculty and students who can give you an insight perspective on Woodbury School of Architecture.

    To learn more about our faculty and the program curriculum, scroll down.

    Graduate Admissions Counselor, Architecture, Los Angeles:

    Angela Robinson-Wheaton
    Phone: 818-252-5221


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    The Master of Science in Architecture Curriculum

    Over three semesters, students can craft expertise in various disciplinary realms, including building technology, film and media, landscape and urbanism, and real estate and development by accumulating coursework from the multiple campuses and schools. Students and faculty come together to discuss new models of architectural practice, to expand the role of the architect in society, and to question disciplinary boundaries

    Fall 1 Semester
    ARCH 691 Graduate Focus/Topic Studio
    Students engage in critical design inquiry through the
    lens of the specific focus. Research and design projects articulate the focus and use it to test design responses to contemporary issues in architecture and urbanism. Critical Thinking, Design, Building, Representation and Professionalism are practiced and developed at a high level.
    ARCH 648 Graduate Thesis Preparation
    Theory and techniques for analyzing and integrating design methodologies, client or user needs, and site conditions into criteria for preparing a design thesis. The theoretical and practical context for the thesis project is researched and developed. Along with the completion of a substantiated written position of intent, a project site is selected, program written and design methodology
    articulated. The thesis proposal demonstrates mastery in School of Architecture tracks in Critical Thinking, Design, Building, Representation and Professionalism
    through multiple media, including but not limited to
    writing, oral presentation, and graphic presentation.
    Spring 1 Semester
    ARCH 692 Graduate Thesis Studio
    The student demonstrates the application of theoretical research and critical positioning, plus the ability to integrate site, program and other design issues of architecture including space, time, aesthetics, context, inhabitation, and systems in a self-initiated design project
    Elective (Emphasis)
    Elective (Emphasis)
    Summer 1 Semester
    ARCH 693 Graduate Thesis Studio 2
    In the culmination of the post-professional graduate
    Master of Science in Architecture program, students develop their focused and self-directed thesis from the preceding term in to a public product (exhibition, event, installation, publication, etc.) in collaboration with a
    primary faculty advisor and a committee of secondary

    Student Experiences

    • Part of what I love about being a student at Woodbury University is the range of talented faculty we have. Architecture is a multifaceted major that gets inspiration from many different sectors of studies. Therefore, as a student, it is a very fortunate thing to be able to embark on a different journey with each professor.

      Atina Yeghyaian

      BArch 2016
    • After going through architecture school at Woodbury University, I realized that being a good teacher is about creating a sense of community and belonging in the classroom; moreover, it’s all about the qualities and knowledge that we get from them and carry on with us. The Faculty at Woodbury University is the connection to the real world that stays with you forever…

      Nare Gabrielyan

      BArch 2013