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What will I learn?

The Master of Science in Architecture provides a flexible program through which students are immersed in special fields of research and practice related to architecture and the built environment. For some students, the MS in Architecture is an opportunity to study and work in a professional field closely allied with architecture, following individually tailored curricula, such as Real Estate Development or Historic Preservation and Urban Design.

For other students, the degree allows for more open exploration of new concepts and methods of design. These include Ecological Practices, Inclusive Design, and Situated Technologies. Students may also custom-design a path of study, under faculty guidance, in interest areas and emerging fields, such as digital design and fabrication, facilities planning, and media arts. Students need not have a background in architecture to be admitted—non-architects are encouraged to apply, as are those with an architecture or design background.

The program consists of 48 credit hours of study, typically completed in three semesters, providing a path to advanced research or specialized practice.

Which department am I in?

School of Architecture and Planning

Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
US$23,100.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected January 2022

Start date

Expected January, August 2022


South Campus

Main Street and Kenmore Ave,


New York,

14214, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have: a bachelor's degree or higher in pharmacy, biochemistry, chemistry, biology, engineering or other science; Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0; Minimum GRE of 300 (Verbal Reasoning + Quantitative Reasoning).

For international students

To be eligible for graduate study at UB, we expect:

A bachelor's degree (or higher) or the equivalent from an accredited/government recognized college or university. Most such degrees will be four or more years in length; UB recognizes some three-year degrees, but not all.

A B-grade (GPA of 3.0) or higher from your bachelor's degree (or equivalent) courses. Grade point averages from non-U.S. universities will be evaluated by UB's Office of International Admissions.

Appropriate standardized test scores (DAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MAT, MCAT, PCAT, etc.).

English Language Requirements:

The minimum score of TOEFL IBT is 79, the minimum score TOEFL PBT is 550, the minimum score of IELTS is 6.5, the minimum score of PTE is 55, the minimum score of Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) Old Scale is 60, New Scale is 185, the minimum score of Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) Old Scale is 65, New Scale is 185.

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