Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

  • M.Arch.*; M.S.
Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • Interior Design (M.S.)
M.S. Areas of Study
  • Architectural History and Theory
  • Branding
  • 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)
  • Sustainability

*M.Arch. applicants should instead apply directly to the College of Architecture.
The College or Architecture also offers a Gerontology Certificate with an Interior Design concentration.

Distance Education Opportunities

  • M.S. with Interior Design specialization
  • Some courses for the M.S. with areas of study listed above
  • Gerontology Certificate with Interior Design Concentration


Application Checklist and Deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Architecture in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

Application Deadline

For Priority Consideration and Financial Assistance
   Fall: March 1   Spring: November 1
   Rolling admission

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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.

Courses and More

Students in Architecture are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and Research

Hospitality Design; Commercial Interior Design
Energy; Building Performance as Related to the Concept of Intergeneration Equity or Sustainable Design
Computation; Scripting; Algorithmic Architecture
Design and Theory as a Tactical Process; Digital Fabrication; Site and Landscape; Artistic Models of Practice
Architecture and Urban Design; Professional and International Architectural Practice
Architectural Graphics; Orthographic Projections; Descriptive Geometry; Screen Printing
Current and Historical Foundation Design Teaching Methodology; Communication of Architecture as a Text Inscribed in the Landscape
     Interior Design
Historic Architecture; Architectural Theory; Development of the Architectural Profession
Design Methodology; Craft; Architect as Developer; Aesthetics of the Machine
Teaching Methodologies Related to Design; Senior Living Environments
     Interior Design
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 Modernism
     Interior Design
Sustainability; Site Planning; Foundation Design; Teaching and Practice Integration
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
Energy Conservation and Management; Architecture in Synthesis; Design in the Community Interest
Architecture and Civil Engineering Relationship; Sustainability; Women in Design; Rural Architecture
Art as a Source of Architectural Ideas; History of Urban Form; Interdisciplinary Civic Development; Latin American Cities
Questions of poetics and ethics in architecture
Quality of Life in Communities; Architecture, Literature, Film, Theatre, and Art Relationships
Architectural History, Theory, and Preservation; Traditional and Contemporary Architecture of Asia and the Great Plains
The interrelationship between beginning site design and design theories of modern and contemporary landscape architecture
Community planning and design and urban design studios, as well as landscape representation using technology

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