MS in Architectural Studies

Admissions Contact
Dr. Bimal Balakrishnan
137 Stanley Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Master of Science

The MS may be a research-based study or a design and research-based professional review design project. The MS culminates in a thesis meeting University thesis requirements. The MS plan of study is in preparation for advanced professional practice or preparation for the doctoral degree. 

Research is conducted in one of two emphasis areas: (1) environment and behavior or (2) design with digital media. Within each of these emphasis areas, specific course work is chosen on the basis of subject matter and the type of research method selected: quantitative, qualitative or a combination of both. 

Also see the Department web site for additional information: Masters Programs, Emphasis Areas, Online Study, Architectural Studies Graduate Handbook, and Spotlight on Alumni.

Design Research Concentration

The Design Research Concentration can be applied toward the program of study. The concentration is of interest to:

  • Designers engaged in interior design, architecture, graphic or interaction design who require applied research skills from companies/organizations.
  • Researchers with a background in social sciences, anthropology etc. who conduct research for creative product development in industry -- Healthcare IT companies, Engineering etc.
  • Business and market professionals to advance understanding of design research for marketing.

For more information, see Design Research Concentration on the department's web site.

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 15
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Minimum TOEFL scores:

Internet-based test (iBT) Paper-based test (PBT)
Effective July 1, 2015 must have score of 80 Effective July 1, 2015 must have score of 550

Required Application Materials

See Application and Admission for Department's graduate admission requirements.

Apply online to the Office of Graduate Studies.

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