The Graduate Program in Architecture at Clemson University offers two tracks to the Master of Architecture (M. Arch.) degree: a Two-Year, 60-credit hour M. Arch. degree track for students with a pre-professional Bachelor’s degree in architecture, and a Three-Year, 90-credit hour M. Arch. degree track for students without a pre-professional degree in architecture. The School of Architecture also offers a M. Arch. degree program with a concentration in Architecture + Health. In both programs, Two-Year students with an undergraduate degree in architecture receive advanced standing and enter into the second year of the three-year program, joining the continuing class of Three-Year students. All students must complete 15 credit hours per semester to complete the degree requirements in a timely manner. Accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), the Master of Architecture (M. Arch.) is the professional degree required by most state registration boards as a condition of licensure for architectural practice.
At Clemson, the Graduate Program in Architecture seeks to develop students’ proficiency in responding to contemporary architectural, social, and global issues through a broad range of theoretical knowledge and practical abilities. The major emphasis is on design, accompanied by complementary coursework in building technology, architectural history and theory, representation and fabrication, professional topics, and elective subjects.
Among the great assets and opportunities of study at Clemson is our "Fluid Campus." In the second year of the three-year M. Arch. program, students have the opportunity to study for one or two semesters in our off-campus study centers located in Charleston, South Carolina, Barcelona, and Genoa. As permitted by the capacities of our off-campus centers, new Two-Year students may spend their first fall and/or spring off-campus, while Three-Year students may spend their third and/or fourth semester off-campus. These programs offer a combination of travel, local coursework, and online coursework to offer a unique set of experiences while maintaining a consistent path toward the completion of required coursework.
M. Arch. degree tracks with a Concentration in Architecture + Health
Within the framework of the Master of Architecture degree, the Architecture + Health Concentration includes seminar courses and studio work appropriate for both a general professional degree and a concentration in architecture + health. The intent of the A+H concentration, which is the most structured and established program of its type in the United States, is to develop the generalist-specialist graduate who can creatively work in both modes.
The curriculum concentration includes both the study of health facility design and the study of relationships between architectural settings and their impact on human health and well-being. The primary purpose of the concentration is to study how architectural environments impact health and how to create architectural settings that support the health and well-being of individuals and larger populations. As with the general M. Arch. program, the M. Arch. with A+H concentration has two-year and a three-year tracks. For more information, see the School of Architecture web site.
The Master of Science in Architecture degree offers the opportunity for advanced studies and research responsive to increasingly complex challenges related to the architecture and built environment. This is accomplished through a foundation of coursework, accompanied by directed studies within a selected area, and followed by the critical examination of a singular aspect of architecture in a research thesis.
The M.S. Is not a professional degree in architecture and does not satisfy professional licensing requirements; the degree program is designed for those with a research focus. To qualify for this program, applicants must have an undergraduate degree in architecture and must identify a primary research advisor in the graduate faculty. The current primary research areas are architecture and health, architectural robotics, and community design/build. For more information, see the School of Architecture web site.
MS degree tracks with a concentration in Architecture + Health
The Master of Science [MS] in Architecture + Health offers the opportunity to undertake focused research and scholarship responsive to increasingly complex challenges associated with healthcare architecture, and relationships between health and the built environment at multiple scales. The Master of Science degree is not a professional degree that will satisfy licensure requirements. However, it is excellent preparation for the interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Planning, Design, and the Built Environment (PDBE), and may be well suited to US and international students holding a professional degree in architecture (B. Arch. or M. Arch.) and seeking to develop a focused area of knowledge in Architecture + Health, initiate an academic career, or pursue a focused and individually determined plan of study and research related to a specific relationship between architecture + health.
Requirements for the MS degree consist of 24 credit hours of coursework and directed studies, and a minimum of 6 credit hours of thesis work, which will take a minimum of one year to complete at 15 credit hours per semester. MS Students within Architecture + Health program work closely with M.Arch students in many classes and are expected to take the same required seminar courses in the concentration: ARCH 685, ARCH 688, ARCH 886, HLTH 600, and ARCH 821. Students work closely with a Major Advisor and an Advisory Committee, with whom they determine an individual Plan of Study. The advisors periodically review the student's work and evaluate the research thesis.
Admission is based on previous academic credentials, GRE scores, TOEFL or IELTS scores (for international students), a design portfolio, and a detailed statement of purpose and intent. Since MS students work closely with a major advisor, they are most likely to be admitted if they have identified a potential advisor and discussed a possible plan of study with a faculty member in advance of their application. Faculty members are limited in the number of MS students whom they can advise, so admission may be limited and competitive.
The School of Architecture’s Graduate Program is affiliated with the interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Planning, Design, and the Built Environment (PDBE). Students in the PDBE program come from a variety of backgrounds related to the built environment.
As with the M.S. in Architecture degree program, applicants must identify a primary research advisor and have a clear focus of study that fits with the current research interests of the advisor and larger program. Advisors may be identified in architecture, planning, real estate development, and landscape architecture. For more information about the PDBE program, see the PDBE program web site.