Graduate Degrees: Ph.D., M.S., M.Arch.

Apply for Admission: December 3, 2018 (M.S., Ph.D.), December 17, 2018 (M.Arch.)

Required Tests: GRE (general test for M.Arch only; GRE optional for M.S., Ph.D.) or TOEFL for international applicants


The department offers an accredited professional Master of Architecture (MArch), a post-professional Master of Advanced Architectural Design (MAAD), Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.

Master of Architecture (MArch)

The Master of Architecture program is designed to provide students seeking their first accredited professional degree with a comprehensive and challenging education leading to the practice of architecture. Graduate students have the flexibility to choose a variety of paths within a two-to-three-year rigorous program, depending upon previous education and experience. The department makes no restriction as to the field of undergraduate preparation. However, the length of the required residence period, the number of required semester course units, and the specific list of required courses may vary depending upon undergraduate major, professional and other work experience, and previous graduate study, if any. The placement into the program will be decided by the Master of Architecture Committee upon reviewing the application.

Master of Advanced Architectural Design (MAAD) (Proposal Pending for Fall 2020)

STUDIO ONE is a one-year post-professional design studio intended for those who have a professional (accredited Bachelor of Architecture) degree, and who wish to continue to explore current design issues in a stimulating, rigorous, and experimental studio setting. Students who complete the program will receive a non-professional Master of Advanced Architectural Design degree. The two-semester studio course is at the core of the program and is integrated with required seminars, lectures, and workshops in design theory, history, urbanism, digital applications, and building technology.

Master of Science (MS)

This nonprofessional degree program offers the opportunity for advanced research in specialized areas within the architecture curriculum. This research degree is appropriate for those who already hold a degree in architecture but wish to study a particular subfield. Applicants from related disciplines may be accepted into the program, provided they demonstrate experience related to the discipline of architecture.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

This advanced degree prepares students with outstanding academic records for research and teaching in architecture and environmental design. It is a research-oriented program, in which the student chooses specific fields of specialization, prepares sufficiently in the literature and research of those fields to pass written and oral examinations, and completes original research culminating in the written dissertation. The PhD program provides detailed focus in specific study areas, including architectural design theory and criticism; architectural technologies, including building science and building performance; the history of architecture and urban design; environmental design in developing countries; and the social and cultural basis of design.

Source: Berkeley Academic Guide

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