Graduate Study in Architecture

Graduate studies in architecture at Georgia Tech are comprised of four distinct degree-granting programs:

The M.Arch. Program is the professional program in architecture leading to the NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture degree. This program accommodates both a two-year curriculum for those students with a four-year, pre-professional degree in architecture and a three-and-a-half-year curriculum for those students without a pre-professional degree in architecture.

The MSUD Program is oriented to those who wish to expand upon their previous professional education and professional experience, as architects, landscape architects, city planners, or civil engineers, and to enter urban design practices either in private firms or public agencies. The program is interdisciplinary in nature, offering an interdisciplinary experience, with required courses in urban design, architecture, and city planning, with additional opportunities in civil and environmental engineering, real estate development, heritage preservation, and other fields. Students in the MSUD Program are in daily contact with architecture and planning students and faculty throughout the College of Architecture. The MSUD program requires a minimum of 39 credit hours of coursework.

The MS Program is a nonprofessional, research-oriented degree program that requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework. Current research areas are available in Digital Design & Fabrication, High Performance Buildings, and Health & Design. These MS programs are linked with the M.Arch. program through a rich array of studios and courses that engage particular aspects of architectural knowledge and practice.

Within the School of Architecture, the PhD with a major in Architecture develops knowledge and technologies:

  • enhances design imagination, design evaluation, and the design process;
  • articulates design choices and predicts the consequences of design decisions;
  • helps to learn from precedents;
  • supports better building performance; and
  • situates the practice of architecture within a critical understanding of culture, history, and the profession.

Our program includes research emphases in:

  • Design Computation
  • Architecture Culture and Behavior/Evidence-based Design
  • Building Technology and Performance
  • History and Culture
  • Urban Design.

In each of these research areas, we intersect the perspectives of architectural design, science, technology, and the humanities even as we expect individual research projects to rigorously pursue specific disciplinary agendas.

Qualifications Needed to Apply

Applicants to the MSUD Program are limited to those with prior accredited professional degrees in

  • Architecture (M.ARCH or B.ARCH),
  • Landscape Architecture (BLA or MLA),
  • City and Regional Planning (MCRP or equivalent), or
  • Civil Engineering (BCE or equivalent).

Professional degrees from other countries are acceptable with proper documentation with the understanding that the MSUD cannot serve, in itself, as a professional degree in the US. It is preferable that applicants have a year or more of professional experience.

Applicants must demonstrate their ability for graduate study in architecture by submitting the following in their application package:

  1. A design portfolio, including academic and professional work, demonstrating experience and ability to engage professional level urban design problems. The portfolio must be submitted in digital form.
  2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, taken within the past five years, and professional degree grade point records and averages to demonstrate overall ability to engage graduate studies. In general, minimums are 60th percentile or higher for the GRE sections and 3.0 GPA or higher. GRE scores are required for all international applicants, regardless of the language of their first degree.
  3. Tests of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, with a minimum scores of 600 (paper), 250 (computer) or 100 (Internet) are required for students whose first language is not English.

The MSUD Program recommends students start the 3-semester sequence in the fall semester. Students have the option of extending the program with additional coursework or an independent year-long thesis.

For more information about graduate programs in the School of Architecture, please contact

Robin Tucker, Academic Advising Manager -
School of Architecture, 245 Fourth Street
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0155

The School of Architecture encourages foreign study for all students to prepare them professionally and personally for successful lives in the global environment of the twenty-first century. Students may participate in an immersive experience at another institution or participate in a Georgia Tech faculty-led program.

The School of Architecture sponsors several international programs organized and led by its own faculty:

  • Modern Architecture and the Modern City - Graduate Students
  • Greece-Italy Study Abroad Program - Undergraduate/Graduate Students
  • Tongji University-Georgia Tech Exchange Program- Master of Architecture Students
  • Design Develop Build Program in Africa - Undergraduate/Graduate Students

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