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Our post-professional Master of Science in Architectural Research and Design degree program (formerly known as M.ARCH II.) is the most advanced research venue at Tulane School of Architecture. It is a selective design research degree that builds on the deep expertise of our faculty and the strategic commitment of the school and the university as a whole. It is intended for individuals with an accredited professional architecture degree interested in teaching and research as a career in the field of architecture.

The program offers six concentrations directed by our internationally-renowned faculty.

  1. River and Coastal Urbanism (Climate Change Adaptation)
  2. Design/Build
  3. Design and Social Engagement
  4. Building Technologies
  5. Advanced Fabrication and Design
  6. Representation Theory

Students are encouraged to develop an area of expertise through independent scholarship. Under the guidance of our diverse faculty, the program focuses on cultivating advanced theory and technology relevant to the design and construction of sustainable and resilient built environment. The program provides opportunities to form a course of study around students’ interests and to develop appropriate strategies within the Research and Design Thesis framework.

STEM OPT Eligibility

The Tulane School of Architecture’s post-professional Master of Science in Architectural Research and Design degree program is classified under Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology (CIP code 04.0902).

Consequently, international students graduating with M.S.ARC degree from Tulane will be eligible for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ STEM OPT extension program. This allows international students to remain in the U.S. for up to 36 months after graduation to receive practical training through work experience in the field of architecture.

Visit the Tulane OISS webpage on STEM OPT Extension for more information.

Program Information 

View the Curriculum Sheet.