Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • MS in Architecture (36 cr, Option I only) 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
  • 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

Earn a Professional Degree

Professional programs have their own applications and requirements; they are not overseen by Graduate Studies. Select a program for details.

Online and Distance Opportunities

Offered online:
M.S. with Interior Design specialization

Other programs:
Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Graduate Chair
Dr. Peter Olshavsky

Graduate Admissions Associate
Dana McIntyre

Campus Address
232 Architecture Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0107

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by Architecture

  • 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, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Architecture
  • Interior Design Specialization (Fall Admission Only) (to be fully eligible for funding): February 1 for Fall.
  • For all other programs, for 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. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.


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

Faculty and research

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Nathan Bicak

The Application of Making in Design Education and the Intersections of Emerging Technologies (Particularly UAVs) ith Professional Design Practice

Jeff Day

Design and Theory as a Tactical Process; Digital Fabrication; Site and Landscape; Artistic Models of Practice

Catherine De Almeida

Material and Energy Reuse in Diversified Site Programming to Promote Resilience, Adaptation, and Flexibility in Design

Lindsey Ellsworth Bahe

Current and Historical Foundation Design Teaching Methodology; Communication of Architecture as a Text Inscribed in the LandscapeInterior Design

Chris Ford

Design Methodology; Craft; Architect as Developer; Aesthetics of the Machine

Jason Griffiths

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 ModernismInterior Design

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

Sharon Kuska

Architecture and Civil Engineering Relationship; Sustainability; Women in Design; Rural Architecture

Peter Olshavsky

Questions of Poetics and Ethics in Architecture

Daniel Piatkowski

How Land Use and Transportation Planning can Foster Equitable and Sustainable Communities

Sarah Thomas Karle

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; Landscape Representation Using Technology

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Architecture.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Kurt Mueller.