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Mizzou's master of arts (or master of science -- you choose) in architectural studies with an emphasis in environment and behavior studies will help you advance your career in applied research, consulting or teaching in architecture, interior design and other environmental design disciplines.

Course work allows you to focus on:

  • Aesthetics of design 
  • Design education 
  • Facility management and design 
  • Housing and neighborhood design 
  • Inclusive design / accessibility 
  • Sustainable design

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  3. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  4. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  5. Three letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of at least two college or university faculty members who can speak to some detail of your academic aptitude, and at least one administrator or colleague who can speak authoritatively of your professional experience and potential.
  6. Statement of purpose.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

Application Deadlines

January 15


  • ARCHST 7320Materials, Methods and Products3 Credits

    Inherent qualities of materials used in the design of interior environments. Manufacturing, application, and installation methods. Focus on environmentally sensitive materials. Prerequisites: MATH 1100 or MATH 1120.

  • ARCHST 7323Sustainable Technologies and Systems3 Credits

    An in-depth study of ecologically-sensitive and energy-efficient strategies used in buildings and interiors.

  • ARCHST 7325Energy-Efficient Building Design3 Credits

    This course is a broad study of energy use and energy-efficient strategies for buildings. The course will cover the fundamentals of climate-based design, energy-efficient heating/cooling/daylighting strategies, alternative energy systems applicable to buildings, energy auditing/modeling/verification, applicable building energy codes, and high performance building technologies. Recommended for graduate students with undergraduate degrees and experience in engineering, architecture, and/or building science.

  • ARCHST 7430Guiding Design with Historic Preservation3 Credits

    (cross-leveled with ARCHST 4430). Approaches to historic preservation; historic roots of architecture and interiors; regulations and design guidelines governing intervention; assessing significance of historic properties. Prerequisites: American History or Government or Art History or instructor's consent.

  • ARCHST 7960Readings in Environmental Design3 Credits

    Readings in recent research materials.

  • ARCHST 7961Design Research and Service Design1 Credit

    (cross-leveled with ARCHST 4961). Provides an overview of applied research methods for design and development of products, services and environments. Introduces human-centered approach to design research and communication of research findings to inform design concepts.

  • ARCHST 7962Information Visualization and Visual Analytics3 Credits

    (cross-leveled with ARCHST 4962). Foundation for information visualization and deals with external representation and interactive manipulation of information, data or artifacts using digital tools to enhance communication, analytical reasoning and decision-making.

  • ARCHST 7964Design Thinking and Creative Process3 Credits

    (cross-leveled with ARCHST 4964). Analysis of how designers think, solve design problems, and engage in the creative process. Includes design methods, design cognition and computations, and design protocol studies.

  • ARCHST 8050Research Methods in Environmental Design (or equivalent)3 Credits

    A comparative study of quantitative and qualitative methods in environmental design with emphasis on research results and analyses. Lectures and seminar discussions. Prerequisites: 12 hours advanced design.

  • ARCHST 8085Problems in Environmental Design (1–9 credit hours)3 Credits

    Prerequisites: 4000-level course in field of problem and instructor's consent.

  • ARCHST 8090Master's Research in Environm Prerequisites: 4000-level course in field of problem and instructor's consentental Design (1–9 credit hours)3 Credits

    Independent research leading to a creative project. Graded on S/U basis only.

  • ARCHST 8630Philosophy of Environmental Design Research3 Credits

    Formal environmental design theory concerning historical precedents, current aesthetic trends, and design processes. Assignments investigate philosophical influences, architectonic vocabularies, and communication of idea and artifact. May be repeated up to 12 credit hours.

  • ARCHST 8650Theories in Architectural and Interior Design3 Credits

    Architectural and interior design theory is explored as a field of inquiry. Students become familiar with a theoretical framework that is sensitive to the play between the principles of a building (what it is as a design) and the circumstances of a building (what it becomes to be).

  • ARCHST 8850Seminar in Environmental Design (1 credit hour)3 Credits

    Reports, discussion of recent work in area of concentration.

  • ARCHST 8887Environment and Behavior II3 Credits

    Synthesis of environment and behavior themes in design research and application to professional practice. Research on socio-behavioral phenomena, user groups, places. Emphasis on integrated interactive character of elements.

  • ARCHST 8960Readings in Environmental Design3 Credits

    Readings in recent research materials. Prerequisites: ARCHST 4960 or ARCHST 7960.

  • ARCHST 8990Thesis Project Proposal (1 credit hour)3 Credits

    The formal opportunity to express the intent and scope of the thesis project. PrerequisiteS: instructor's consent.

  • ARCHST 9085Problems in Environmental Design3 Credits
  • ARCHST 9555Recent Trends in Environmental Design (on-campus class, 1–5 credit hours)3 Credits

    For students seeking additional knowledge and understanding in specific subject matter areas.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $638.90
  • Fees: $13.77
  • Total: $652.67
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1916.70
  • Fees: $41.31
  • Total: $1958.01
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $638.90
  • Fees: $13.77
  • Total: $652.67
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1916.70
  • Fees: $41.31
  • Total: $1958.01
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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