Graduate Degree Programs

Graduate Degree Programs

Master of Architecture

The Master of Architecture (MArch) at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture offers students a creative, interdisciplinary, NAAB-accredited education alongside artists, scholars, planners and landscape architects, plus access to the resources of Temple University, a leading research university.

Tyler MArch students join a welcoming, diverse community of thinkers and makers who are mission-driven and civically minded. Guided by a faculty who are all practicing designers and innovative researchers, students are pushed to work collaboratively and use the urban context of Philadelphia to engage issues ranging from advocacy and technology to sustainability, health and the global context of architectural design.

The curriculum is focused on design thinking and making through coursework in general studies, design studio, architectural history and theory and building technology and practice. Courses take place in Tyler’s spacious design studios, classrooms, labs and shops where drawing, model making, and digital processes are practiced and learned.

Tyler’s three-year MArch track draws students from a wide range of academic backgrounds and experiences who work alongside students in Tyler’s +1 (4+1) and +2 (4+2) BS Arch + MArch programs in the studio, where they share strengths, skills and experiences. All of Tyler’s programs that conclude with a MArch degree—including the +1, +2 and three-year programs—meet the National Architectural Accrediting Board’s standards for an accredited professional education.

Accelerated BS in Architecture + Master of Architecture Program Option (+1)
The Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s Bachelor of Science in Architecture + Master of Architecture programs include a +1 (4+1) accelerated program track for qualified students seeking a rigorous, NAAB-accredited professional education. Students complete the requirements for both degrees in only five years, including two summer sessions of coursework, by taking up to 12 semester credit hours of graduate coursework as an undergraduate. The credits count towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Additional information on Tyler’s +1 accelerated program option may be found here.

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Master of Science in Architecture

The Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s new Master of Science (MS) in Architecture program offers a post-professional pathway for practicing architects seeking to advance their careers and stay ahead of emergent trends by engaging in forward-thinking, innovative design research.

The studio-based, independent design-focused program explores pressing questions related to topics of individual interest. In studios, classrooms, labs and shops, research, drawing, model making and digital processes inform design investigations. Special topics courses taught by professionals complement the curriculum.

Tyler’s MS in Architecture program offers three optional concentrations to help students expand their knowledge in areas of rapid growth in the industry: Advanced Technologies and Design (focusing on the latest advances in building technology, digital tools and techniques); Urban Ecologies and Design (emphasizing the interrelationship between ecology, society and urban form); and Health and Design (focusing on a range of topics related to design for health, including healthcare facilities).


Master of Science in Facilities Planning (including Health Facilities concentration)

The Master of Science (MS) in Facilities Planning at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture offers professionals with an academic background or professional experience in facilities management an advanced degree pathway to expand their specialized knowledge and expertise.

The collaborative, workshop-based curriculum focuses on facilities planning, professional practice methodologies and other related topics. In workshops, students address professional practice questions that are drawn from the field. Special topics courses taught by professionals who share best practices and innovations in their own practice.

Tyler’s MS in Facilities Planning degree is also available with a Health and Design concentration—a collaboration with Temple University’s College of Public Health—that focuses on highly specialized healthcare buildings. This concentration creates opportunities for professionals of all types to learn and network with peers in other disciplines.


Graduate Certificate in Health Facilities Planning

The graduate certificate in Health Facilities Planning is a collaboration between the Tyler School of Art and Architecture and the College of Public Health. The program offers coursework in health facilities planning and in public health so that students can understand the relationship between health management and health facilities. The required workshop course gives students the opportunity to work together in a classroom setting on academic projects that are best addressed through interdisciplinary collaborative work. This gives students a taste of the work environment in healthcare management and facilities planning.


Graduate Certificate in Cultural Analytics 

The graduate certificate in Cultural Analytics trains students in humanistic and non-scientific fields how to use computational methods to analyze cultural objects and produce digital media. It is open to all Temple graduate students, as well as non-matriculated students who have completed a BA, and is an interdisciplinary effort by the College of Liberal Arts, Klein College of Media and Communication, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, the College of Education, the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts, the College of Science and Technology, and Temple University Libraries. We work together to train graduate students how to use computational methods to study images, books, objects, and other cultural products.