Program Information:

Program Statement:
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Degrees Offered:
  • Master of Archiecture (M.Arch.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
Learning Goals:
  • Comprehensive design skills in the field of architecture based on ethical responsibilities to clients, the wider society, and the physical environment.
  • Understanding of diverse cultural and social contexts and translation of this knowledge into design of built environments that support and include people of various backgrounds, resources, and abilities.
  • Understanding of the role of the built environment in human health, safety, and welfare at multiple scales, and application of this knowledge in architectural design.
  • Ecological knowledge and responsibility in respect of the agency and impact of design in conditions of climate crisis.
  • Knowledge of the established and emerging systems, technologies, and assemblies of building construction, and the criteria architects use to assess those technologies against the design and performance objectives of projects.
  • Develop research questions and respond to them with appropriate methods.
  • Knowledge of the histories and theories of architecture, landscape and urbanism, and how these are related to social, cultural, economic, environmental and political contexts.
  • Ability to make design decisions within an architectural project while demonstrating broad integration and consideration of building envelope systems and assemblies, structural systems, environmental control systems and life safety systems.
  • Familiarity with the regulatory contexts and codes relevant to architectural practice in the United States.
  • The path to becoming a licensed architect in the United States, the range of career opportunities available, and how the graduate program prepares for professional practice.

Program Contact:

Contact: Jennifer Anderson
Phone: 515-294-7415
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

    Iowa State University
    715 Bissell Road
    289 College of Design
    Ames, IA 50011-3094

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements:
  • Digital portfolio
  • Supplemental departmental application form
  • M.S. Applicants: Research Proposal - Your proposal must be discussed with a member of the Department of Architecture faculty prior to application. The Admissions committee will take into account that faculty member’s recommendation in their decision regarding admission.
  • Program Requires GRE: No
  • Program Requires GMAT: No
  • Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No
International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 53
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2023) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    For priority admission and graduate assistantship consideration, please apply by January 4. Applications received after that date will be reviewed as program resources permit.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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