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Master of Science in Architecture, Interior Design concentration

Diksha Pilania works on a piece of flexible furniture for her design project in India.

About the Program

As design professions respond to new challenges and opportunities presented by a range of social, environmental, technological and economic catalysts, designers are increasingly asked to work across scales and disciplines, to possess specialized expertise while maintaining a broad contextual grasp, and to emerge as leaders at the hub of collaborative endeavors.

Within this context, the Master of Science in Architecture program offers the opportunity for advanced study and research in specialized areas related to design, construction, operations, and human-material interaction at a range of scales, providing the basis for diverse career paths and/or entry into a Ph.D.-level program. The Master of Science program allows a student to conduct a research-based program of study which is expected to contribute to the body of knowledge in the design and building professions and may lead to future study in the doctoral program, where advanced standing may be awarded for acceptable graduate credits earned at the master’s level.

Candidates for the Master of Science in Architecture are encouraged to diversify their plan of study with courses from schools across the university and engage in collaborative research opportunities. Students will develop their own programs of study in cooperation with appropriate faculty and in consideration of the courses and facilities available. The Master of Science degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of an approved plan of study of at least 36 credit hours, normally including a thesis representing up to 10 hours of the total hours required. (The MS degree is completed on the Blacksburg campus in 4 semesters, and on the WAAC campus in 3 semesters,).

While an undergraduate degree in architecture or a related field is not required, applicants must demonstrate relevant background and experience, as well as capabilities for undertaking advanced academic study. Applicants must have a clearly articulated statement of research intent and are encouraged to contact program specific faculty prior to the application process with any questions regarding concentration areas.

Note: The M.S. is not directed toward professional licensing.

This concentration allows those with professional degrees in Interior Design or closely related areas the opportunity for advanced research which is expected to add to the body of knowledge in the discipline of Interior Design. Potential research areas include design practice, history of interiors, computer applications in interior design, and environmental factors related to interiors. This concentration is available on the main campus in Blacksburg. Contact Professor Brad Whitney.