School of Architecture

Master of Science in Architecture in Real Estate Development

STEM Designated Degree

The Master of Science in Architecture in Real Estate Development (MSArch RED) program seeks to build upon the unique perspective and ethos of the architect. Through small class sizes and individual attention, we foster close mentoring relationships between faculty, staff and students. While architects design the way a building looks and works, they are seldom involved in the decision of exactly what to build. The MSArch RED program was designed to change the status quo.

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Making at Woodbury

Woodbury School of Architecture’s Making Complex is a platform for experimentation and advanced fabrication. Discover how Woodbury is exploring new technologies to rethink the future of architecture and push the boundaries of design.


Over 60% of Woodbury MSArchRED graduates go on to build their thesis. Check out a map of built student and faculty work across California.


Studio-Based Format

The MSArch RED program is unlike a traditional real estate development program where the curriculum is offered in a lecture setting. Instead, the entire curriculum of the 12-month, three-semester MS Real Estate Development program is delivered through a studio-based format. For the thesis, students develop presentations or real estate development projects including market analysis, partnership agreements, funding proposals, architectural designs, and sales and leasing strategies. Many students have gone on after graduation to successfully build their thesis projects.

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Internships & Careers

Woodbury School of Architecture supports our students in building a strong foundation for professional practice while investigating the nature of practice itself.  Graduate students have the opportunity to participate in research projects or teaching assistantships that give them firsthand experience of practice.  These experiences prepare students to make informed choices regarding their diverse career options.  Visit our School of Architecture Career Services page for more information about our services.

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The San Diego facility houses a School of Architecture-only curriculum in a complex composed of design studios with 24-hour access, a library focused on architecture, urbanism and development, a lecture hall and gallery space, classrooms, a wood/metal shop, a digital fabrication lab, and computing facilities.

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Woodbury’s MSArchRED Officially Designated as STEM

All architecture and interior design programs at Woodbury have been designated as STEM degrees. The School of Architecture received approvals internally from the University Curriculum Committee and Office of Academic Affairs, and externally from WASC (WSCUC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). Starting in the fall of 2020, students enrolling in the following programs will graduate with STEM-designated degrees:

Master of Architecture
Master of Science in Architecture
Master of Science in Architecture in Real Estate Development
Master of Interior Design
Bachelor of Architecture
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

All international students enrolled in these programs can now apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT (Optional Practice Training) for a total of 36 months.

The RED Office

In most developments, the architect is considered only one of numerous players and is often left to carry out a pre-established vision for the development. Discover how the MSArch RED program was designed to change the status quo.

Spotlight: Artur Nesterenko

Woodbury University alumnus Artur Nesterenko graduated from the Master of Science in Architecture, Real Estate Development, program at the Woodbury San Diego campus. As the founder of Archillusion Design, he creates design-build projects throughout California and other regions.

“The MSArch RED program at Woodbury University is quite unique and differentiates itself from other real estate development programs in the US because it is structured specifically and exclusively for students with architectural backgrounds and degrees. If you want to be your own boss, design your own buildings and be your own client, this program should be your top priority.”