Newschool Of Architecture And Design

NewSchool Of Architecture And Design

Master of Architectural Studies (5+1)


1249 F Street

San Diego, CA 92101

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Architectural Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Architectural Studies program is designed for students who want to advance their knowledge of the discipline through focused study and design-studio work. This degree option is available to students already possessing a 5-year or first professional Bachelor of Architecture degree; 45 units are required for completion.


Students select a lecture course sequence of either Neuroscience for Architecture or Healthy Urbanism.

Track I: Neuroscience for Architecture: NewSchool is at the forefront of research into the connection between neuroscience and architecture. Our research explores the power of architecture on the mind and how neuroscientific concepts might be applied to design. We are a charter member of the Design Health Consortium, a collaboration among 11 architecture and medical colleges dedicated to researching these connections. We are also a founding member of AIA’s Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA).

The courses include: AR5711 Environmental Psychology, AR5721 Neuroscience, AR5731 Seminars in Neuroscience for Architecture

Track II: Healthy Urbanism: There is growing acknowledgement that the way cities and neighborhoods are designed directly impacts the health of residents, workers, and visitors. At the same time, many designers and planners fail to create healthy urban environments through a lack of understanding, experience, and training. The Healthy Urbanism track provides a grounding in the processes and design strategies that promote healthful cities.

The courses include: AR5811 Urban Issues, AR5821 Urban Design, AR5831 Livable Communities Design

Program Features

Through this program, you can gain the academic credentials and practical experience it takes to pursue a rewarding career in teaching as well as similar occupations. NewSchool of Architecture & Design in San Diego provides a dynamic educational setting. Learn more about features related to the Master of Architectural Studies degree by exploring the following resources:

  • Program Course Sequence: Students choose either Neuroscience for Architecture or Healthy Urbanism as a lecture course sequence. With an emphasis on design studio experience and thesis-based courses, this degree includes research exposure you’ll carry with you throughout your professional endeavors.
  • Program Data: Read data about program costs, types of occupations, completion rates, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.
  • Career Opportunities: Learn about the career paths you can take after earning an architecture master’s degree.

Designed for students already possessing a first professional degree in architecture, the Master of Architectural Studies (5+1) builds on foundational knowledge in art and design with a program that integrates thesis-based learning and coursework to explore architecture in the context of history and theory, tectonics, urban studies, and professional practice. The program typically requires one year of full-time study to complete 45 required credits.


Please note that the Master of Architectural Studies (5+1) is not a professional degree and is not recognized and/or accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). For complete details on programmatic accreditation, please refer to Accreditation and Memberships.


NewSchool of Architecture & Design is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Senior College and University Commission. 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100. Alameda, CA 94501. 510-748-9001In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Specialized Institution—School of art, music, or design

Locale: Large City

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