College of Architecture and Environmental Design - Graduate Programs

The College of Architecture and Environmental Design offers the following graduate programs for students wishing to specialize in their field and to further their study after completing their undergraduate degree.

Architectural Engineering, MS

Coordinator: Cole C. McDaniel, Ph.D., P.E.
                         Phone: 756-7642
                         Office: 21–221A

The Master of Science degree in architectural engineering is a two-year program for students with a Bachelor of Science in civil, architectural or structural engineering with an emphasis in structures. The program is designed to prepare graduates to meet the demands for practice in the structural engineering profession. Core curriculum courses expose students to emerging topics in structural earthquake engineering as well as advanced methodologies to predict and analyze structural behavior. Interdisciplinary laboratory courses integrate architecture and building constructability to solve global design challenges. In addition, opportunities are available for students to partner with architectural engineering faculty in research focused on practical engineering problems.

For undergraduate architectural engineering students enrolled at Cal Poly a blended five-year program, also referred to as a 4+1 program, is also available. With the additional year of study, the blended program allows students to complete both a Bachelor of Science in architectural engineering and a Master of Science in architectural engineering simultaneously.

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Architecture, MS

Coordinator:  Thomas Fowler IV, FAIA, DPACSA
                           Phone: 756-2981
                           Office: 34-219

The Master of Science Architecture (MS ARCH) program prepares graduates for specialist and consultation positions in the broad field of environmental design within the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. The MS ARCH program provides opportunities for specialization and interdisciplinary collaboration through coursework and research. The program welcomes applications from candidates holding bachelor degrees, including graduates with a Bachelor of Architecture degree seeking post-professional specialization and those with a degree outside of architecture.

The MS ARCH provides three focus areas of study and each student selects one of these areas to focus coursework and individual scholarship. Regardless of the selected research area, however, students are expected to develop knowledge about fundamental building design and building science principles, and advanced information technology concepts. Graduate students are encouraged to build on the knowledge that they have gained from their previous academic studies and/or professional experiences, as they acquire and contribute new knowledge in their chosen research specialization within one of the following broadly defined research areas: Innovative Materials Practice; Sustainability and Resilient Design; and Interdisciplinary Building Design.

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City and Regional Planning, MCRP

Coordinator: Kelly Main, Ph.D.
                          Phone:  756-2285
                          Office:  21-116B


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