As an academic discipline, architecture offers a unique avenue of inquiry into human problems and human ideals. As a profession, architecture is in an era of questioning, broadening, and deepening its mission. The Master of Science in Architectural Studies (MSAS [Interdisciplinary]) offers students the opportunity to pursue their own, unique courses of study using the full resources of The University of Texas at Austin at the graduate level in the humanities, natural sciences, fine arts, business, and other professions.
The MSAS program is designed to support creative scholarship with a minimum of preconceptions. The only limitation is that the course of study be relevant to architecture's history, methods, concerns, and understanding of itself. Working with the Program Coordinator, students take 12 hours of upper-division or graduate courses outside of the School of Architecture* and 12 hours of graduate courses within it. They complete their study with a 6-hour written or multi-media Thesis, making a curriculum of 30 hours in all.**