One-Year Master of Science in Architecture

STEM Designated Degree

More than ever, architecture needs to be understood as part of an ever-expanding set of aesthetic, social, and technical systems. The Master of Science in Architecture (MSArch) is a one-year/three-semester STEM-designated program that invites architects and non-architects to explore this expanded zone of interdisciplinary practice. Each student chooses an area of concentration that allows them to build expertise in a specific system of thought and technique. In so doing, students are prepared to productively contribute to today’s conversation about contemporary problems and practices in architecture.

Areas of Concentration

Materials & Fabrication

Through the Making Complex, students in this area work closely with the Institute for Material Ecologies to develop an in-depth understanding of materials and the connections they hold to environmental and political systems.

Management & Development

Drawing upon the expertise native to Southern California and in close collaboration with our School of Business, students in this area engage the real-world practices of management and real estate development.

Computational Design Systems

Students in this area focus on the design of computational design systems. They learn how to design and implement their own software tools and hardware prototypes using new generative design techniques, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

Photography & Curatorship

Taking advantage of the Julius Shulman Institute, our Hollywood exhibition space, and local archives, students in this area study the ways architecture is represented in media and in scholarship through architectural photography, exhibitions, and archives.

Urbanism & Territory

Using the environment of Los Angeles and Southern California, students in this area inquire into the present and future urban form. Students may choose to work with the Hinterlands Institute on the new productive landscapes beyond the city’s edge.

New Interiors & Virtual Experience

Students in this area engage the new interior spaces of gaming and virtual/augmented reality. They take advantage of resources such as our VR lab and the course offerings of our Interior Architecture, Game Design, and Applied Computer Science departments.

Who we want

  • Recent graduates of architecture programs who want to sharpen their focus prior to a professional career.
  • Graduates of non-architecture programs who want to develop the architectural aspects of their work.
  • Early- to mid-career professionals who want to develop a specific area of expertise.

How it Works

During the application process, students identify an area of concentration and a primary advisor within that area. Once enrolled, each student works closely with the advisor in a small seminar/studio format to define the project and conduct research. This work is supported by a series of elective courses. In their final semester, students produce a thesis project that gives concrete form to their investigation, whether as a publishable article, exhibition, or prototype. At the end of their one-year course of study, students will have produced a personal project that will sustain and energize their future careers, whether as designers, artists, filmmakers, game designers, entrepreneurs, or scholars.

Students in the MSArch program have full access to the resources offered by Woodbury’s design, media, and business programs, such as our virtual reality facilities, gallery and exhibition spaces, game design courses, and digital fabrication labs. Further afield, students are encouraged to use the unique conditions of Southern California as an extended network and laboratory, including local archives and technical expertise from nearby industries.


You can apply to the Master of Science program through the Office of Admissions.

Your application must include:
• A 250-500 word research proposal in which you identify your area of concentration, potential thesis topic, and which faculty members might serve as your advisors.
• Three letters of reference from former faculty or employers
• Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended
• TOEFL scores (minimum score of 80) or IELTS scores (minimum score of 6.5) for international applicants only

Please feel free to contact the Admissions Office or the Program Director at the address shown below for more information.