What will I learn?

The Master of Science in Architecture program offers the opportunity for advanced study and research in specialized areas related to building design, construction, and operations over a broad range of scales, providing the basis for diverse career paths and/or entry into a Ph.D.- level program. The M.S. is not directed toward professional licensing and therefore is not accredited by the NAAB as a "first professional degree." While an undergraduate degree in architecture or a related field is not required, applicants must demonstrate relevant background and experience, as well as capabilities for undertaking advanced academic study.

The Master of Science program allows a student to conduct a research-based program of study which can be expected to contribute to the body of knowledge in the design and building professions, and may lead to future study in the doctoral program, where advanced standing may be awarded for acceptable graduate credits earned at the master's level.

Urban Design: This concentration allows students an opportunity to engage in urban design research, addressing the design of safe, healthy, and sustainable urban environments. Emphasis is on the physical form of cities and the complex forces that shape them. Focused on the general underlying themes of security, resilience, health, and sustainability, possible research areas include but are not limited to mobility and infrastructure, conservation and preservation, and urban places and dwellings. The Urban Design program is housed in the facilities of the Washington - Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) in Alexandria, VA.

Which department am I in?

College of Architecture and Urban Studies

Study options

Full Time (36 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$14,207.50 per year
USD $14,207.50 for 9 or more credit hours (Fall and Spring Semesters).

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected August 2022


Virginia Tech

925 Prices Fork Road,



24061, United States

Full Time (36 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,208.00 per year
USD $15,208 for 9 or more credit hours (Fall and Spring Semesters).

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected August 2022


National Capital Region - Alexandria Campus

1001 Prince Street,



22203, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum GPA: 3.0.

For international students

Admission to the Graduate School is contingent upon receipt of a four year (or 3 year degree recognized by the Bologna process) bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and the presentation of evidence of potential to pursue graduate work.

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Testing Requirements:

TOEFL Paper 577.0

Computer 233.0

iBT 90.0

A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission.

Application Deadlines: Fall: Jan 15.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

Virginia Tech offers below pathways courses for this subject

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