Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.Arch.*; M.S.


A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.

  • 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
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Contacts for Architecture

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Graduate Chair

Dr. Peter Olshavsky


Graduate Admissions Associate

Michael Schuster


Campus Address

232 Architecture Hall

Lincoln NE 68588-0107

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:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of goals
  • Portfolio

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Architecture
For Priority Consideration and Financial AssistanceFall: March 1 Spring: November 1
OtherwiseRolling admission


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

Tom Allisma
Hospitality Design; Commercial Interior Design
Bret Betnar
Sanitation access and reform
William Borner
Energy; Building Performance as Related to the Concept of Intergeneration Equity or Sustainable Design
Janghwan Cheon
Computation; Scripting; Algorithmic Architecture
Jeff Day
Design and Theory as a Tactical Process; Digital Fabrication; Site and Landscape; Artistic Models of Practice
Wayne Drummond
Architecture and Urban Design; Professional and International Architectural Practice
Robert Duncan
Architectural Graphics; Orthographic Projections; Descriptive Geometry; Screen Printing
Lindsey Ellsworth Bahe
Current and Historical Foundation Design Teaching Methodology; Communication of Architecture as a Text Inscribed in the Landscape
Interior Design
Ted Ertl
Historic Architecture; Architectural Theory; Development of the Architectural Profession
Chris Ford
Design Methodology; Craft; Architect as Developer; Aesthetics of the Machine
Betsy Gabb
Teaching Methodologies Related to Design; Senior Living Environments
Interior Design
Rumiko Handa
Architectural Theory, History and Design; Phenomenology and Hermeneutics of Architecture; Image and Text as Representations of Architectural Ideas
Steve Hardy
Research by Design; Digital Techniques in Environmental Performance and Affect
Tim Hemsath
Digital Fabrication; Building Information Modeling; CAD CAM
Mark Hinchman
Architecture and Design History; French Colonialism; African Art and Architecture; 18th Century Art and Architecture; Global Modernism
Interior Design
Peter Hind
Sustainability; Site Planning; Foundation Design; Teaching and Practice Integration
Mark Hoistad
Techonics and Materiality in Design; Collaborative Learning and Delivery Strategies; Design and Making Relationship
David Karle
Representing contemporary American forms of urbanism; Urbanism and architectural typologies
Brian Kelly
Beginning Design Pedagogy; Architectural Representation Theory; Relationships Between Marking and Making in the Design Process
Nathan Krug
Energy Conservation and Management; Architecture in Synthesis; Design in the Community Interest
Sharon Kuska
Architecture and Civil Engineering Relationship; Sustainability; Women in Design; Rural Architecture
Thomas Laging
Art as a Source of Architectural Ideas; History of Urban Form; Interdisciplinary Civic Development; Latin American Cities
Peter Olshavsky
Questions of poetics and ethics in architecture
James Potter
Quality of Life in Communities; Architecture, Literature, Film, Theatre, and Art Relationships
Keith Sawyers
Architectural History, Theory, and Preservation; Traditional and Contemporary Architecture of Asia and the Great Plains
Sarah E. Thomas
The interrelationship between beginning site design and design theories of modern and contemporary landscape architecture
Kim L. Wilson
Community planning and design and urban design studios, as well as landscape representation using technology

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