Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MS in Architecture with optional specialization:
- Interior Design
Areas of Study
These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.M.S. Areas of Study
- Architectural History and Theory
- Design and Gerontology (Interior Design Specialization only)
- Design Pedagogy and Teaching
- Digital Design
- Healthcare Design
- Hospitality (Interior Design Specialization and in residence only)
- Product Design (in residence only)
Earn a Professional Degree
Professional programs have their own applications and requirements; they are not overseen by Graduate Studies. See dept. website for details.
- MArch in Architecture
Online and Distance OpportunitiesOffered online:
Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Architecture
After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.
- Entrance exam(s): GRE
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
- Three letters of recommendation
- Statement of goals
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Architecture
- Interior Design Specialization Fall Admission Only: February 1st to be fully eligible for funding.
- For all other programs: Priority Consideration and Financial Assistance. March 1 for Fall. November 1 for Spring. Otherwise Rolling Admission.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.
Graduate degrees in Architecture are for students who want to pursue a research-based career in architecture, such as teaching or research-based design work. The accredited professional degree (M.Arch.) is for students who want to become a professional architect.
The Master of Science is a research-oriented program. In addition to the specialization in Interior Design, students can pursue an area of study from a variety of options (the faculty areas of expertise are listed below). Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in architecture, interior design, or a closely related field.
The College of Architecture is headquartered in Architecture Hall. Constructed in the early 1890s and designated as the university library in 1894, Architecture Hall is the oldest and most distinctive of the occupied structures on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus. Architecture Hall provides students with an outstanding library and laboratories for computing, photography, woodwork, and metalwork.
Cost of attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Courses and MoreAdmitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in:Steps to Degree Completion.
Faculty and research
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Design and Theory as a Tactical Process; Digital Fabrication; Site and Landscape; Artistic Models of Practice
Current and Historical Foundation Design Teaching Methodology; Communication of Architecture as a Text Inscribed in the LandscapeInterior Design
Design Methodology; Craft; Architect as Developer; Aesthetics of the Machine
Architectural Theory, History and Design; Phenomenology and Hermeneutics of Architecture; Image and Text as Representations of Architectural Ideas
Research by Design; Digital Techniques in Environmental Performance and Affect
Digital Fabrication; Building Information Modeling; CAD CAM
Architecture and Design History; French Colonialism; African Art and Architecture; 18th Century Art and Architecture; Global ModernismInterior Design
Techonics and Materiality in Design; Collaborative Learning and Delivery Strategies; Design and Making Relationship
Representing Contemporary American Forms of Urbanism; Urbanism and Architectural Typologies
Beginning Design Pedagogy; Architectural Representation Theory; Relationships Between Marking and Making in the Design Process
Architecture and Civil Engineering Relationship; Sustainability; Women in Design; Rural Architecture
Questions of Poetics and Ethics in Architecture
The Interrelationship between Beginning Site Design and Design Theories of Modern and Contemporary Landscape Architecture
Community Planning and Design and Urban Design Studios; Landscape Representation Using Technology