IIT Architecture MS ARCH program

Architecture (M.S.ARCH.)

IIT Architecture has a long tradition of exploring the intersection of technology and the built environment. Our investigations have led to world-changing developments in tall buildings, long-span structures, and urbanism.

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College of Architecture students and faculty have made exceptional contributions to cities everywhere, working on buildings like Bruce Graham and Fazlur Khan’s Willis Tower and the John Hancock Building, Jeanne Gang’s Aqua Tower, and more.

Our master of science program extends this tradition of architectural innovation through a post-professional degree structured around independent research. Working closely with a faculty advisor, each student develops a research project related to the theme of Technologies of Architecture and Urbanism. This theme may be approached via technical research, applied research (including design), or history and theory.

Research topics are based on faculty expertise and are identified upon entry to one of the degree concentrations. Students can draw on a wealth of opportunities offered by other Illinois Institute of Technology departments, our relationships with architecture and engineering firms based in Chicago, and the archival resources located in the city.

This program is open beginning in the fall semester only.

Program Overview

Our master of science program extends our tradition of innovation through a post-professional degree structured around independent research. Working closely with a faculty advisor, each student develops a research project related to the theme of Technologies of Architecture and Urbanism.

Career Opportunities

M.S.ARCH. graduates go on to excel in high-level positions at organizations such as:

  • Architecture firms
  • Engineering firms
  • Development firms
  • Government and public agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Universities

Our M.S. is a post-professional degree structured around independent research. The curriculum includes a minimum of 32 credit hours and is typically fulfilled in one year.

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The M.S. program is open to applicants holding accredited professional degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, engineering, or an allied field.