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Why Pursue an MS in Architecture?

The Master of Science in Architecture program stresses critical writing and research methods, which prepare students for careers in research, teaching, consulting, and further graduate study. The program offers thesis and non-thesis options. Non-thesis option is recommended for students who are interested in “research in practice” topics. The program is also enhanced by the college’s location in Downtown San Antonio, which has a rich heritage of historic architecture and urbanism. This downtown location is composed of several historic layers from the 17th century to the present, making the program a perfect laboratory for the in-depth exploration of creativity, professions, and research.

Master of Science in Architecture Focus Areas at UTSA

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Architecture (MS)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions. Submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  GRE Required scores not older than five years. Scores are currently waived for this program through the 2023-24 academic year.
  TOEFL/IELTS Score 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS scores for International applicants (exempt countries).
  Purpose Statement Required
  Letters of Recommendation 2 letter(s) of recommendation demonstrating your academic and personal attributes for success in this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time)
  Writing Sample Required
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however, if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Admission Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation, if applicable, must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Architecture (MS)
Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on a rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
  Fall Spring Summer
Priority January 15 Not Available Not Available
International June 1 November 1 April 1
Domestic July 1 November 1 April 1

Funding Opportunities

The Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design offers opportunities for competitive recruitment scholarships, for qualified applicants, which allow out-of-state and international applicants to pay tuition at the in-state rates. All applicants to the department’s graduate programs are automatically considered for these scholarships. The Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design also has an annual scholarship program for existing students, which includes college scholarships as well as scholarships offered by the Texas Architectural Foundation (TAF). Applications for these scholarships are solicited in the spring semester for the following academic year.

Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.


Most architecture graduate courses are offered in the day time. Design studios, the core component of the M Arch programs, are typically offered on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, between 1 pm and 5 pm a limited number of graduate seminars are available in the evening. Program classes are offered at the UTSA Downtown campus.

In addition to the four major areas of focus, faculty members in the college pursue research in a variety of fields including:

  • Building Design
  • Theory of Architecture
  • International Practice
  • Regionalism
  • Architecture of Mexico and the Southwest
  • Health & Wellness
  • Design/Build
  • Fabrication

The School of Architecture and Planning also offers two certificate programs in Historic Preservation and Urban and Regional Planning. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for additional information about these programs.

Graduate Advisor of Record

Shelley Roff, PhD

210-458-3022

shelley.roff@utsa.edu