Architectural Studies, MS

for the Master of Science in Architectural Studies

Director of the School: Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Suárez

Director of graduate studies: Kevin Erickson

Overview of grad college admissions & requirements:

School website:

Program website:

Department faculty: department faculty link

College website:

School office: 117 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall, 611 Taft Drive, Champaign, IL 61820

phone: (217) 333-7720


Master of Science in Architectural Studies

The Master of Science in Architectural Studies program is a one-year course of study with a research focused curriculum developed by the student, in close consultation with the faculty advisor.  The program is designed to allow students to develop further expertise in research of the built environment. 

Students should have a clear and well-articulated area of research focus upon entry to the program.  Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact potential faculty advisors prior to application.

While most students admitted to the program will hold a professional degree prior to admission, a professional degree is not required for admission.  Applicants holding degrees from related fields are encouraged to apply. Students considering advanced work at the PhD level are encouraged to apply.

Candidates admitted with full status may complete the program in one year of full-time academic study.


The admission grade point average for full standing in the Graduate College and the school must be at least 3.0 (A = 4.0). For applicants who meet the other requirements but have an admission GPA under 3.0, admission with limited standing may be permitted if evidence of exceptional qualification is presented.

Applicants are selected for admission on the basis of undergraduate academic performance and profession-related experience. Application material is evaluated by faculty members. The faculty's recommendations are based upon an appraisal of the admission grade point average determined from official transcripts, a portfolio or brochure of applicant's past work in architecture, a statement of objectives, three letters of recommendation, and relevant professional work experience.

Application forms for graduate admission and financial aid may be obtained from the Web site above. Application may be made on-line. Completed applications for the Masters or Doctoral programs must reach the Graduate Programs Office by January 15; students are admitted in the fall semester only. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for  Master of Science applicants.

All applicants whose native language is not English must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. A minimum score of 590 on the paper-based test or 243 on the computer-based test or 96 on the internet-based test is required. The University of Illinois also accepts IELTS (academic exam) score in lieu of TOEFL, with a minimum score of 6.5 and 6.5 in all sub-sections required.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for graduate students in architecture is available in the form of fellowships and assistantships (teaching, research, and graduate or resource). Qualified candidates are considered for financial support upon application and in subsequent years of study.

for the Master of Science in Architectural Studies

Master of Science in Architectural Studies

Admitted students must complete 32 hours of coursework for the degree. Candidates admitted with full status may complete the program in one year of full-time academic study.

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's program page and the Graduate College Handbook.

This degree program can be completed either with or without a thesis, the requirements are listed below:

Thesis Option:
Architectural Electives from dept. list0-16
ARCH 599Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)0-16
Thesis Option Total Hours:32
Non-Thesis Option:
Architectural Electives from dept. list16
Non-Thesis Total Hours:32

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Candidates must spend at least two semesters and earn at least half of the required graduate hours in residence.
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
Minimum GPA: 2.75