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Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. An optional on-campus workshop is available each summer during the last week of June (Sunday through Friday), where students may present their research line of inquiry and obtain feedback.

Successful completion requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, 15 of which must be at the 8000 to 9000 level.

You also may add a concentration in design research to your course work if you require applied research skills to produce evidence-based design decisions or want to utilize design thinking for creative problem-solving. The design research concentration will not appear on your transcript or diploma, however.

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.


ARCHST 7320 Materials, Methods and Products
Prerequisites: MATH 1100 or MATH 1120
ARCHST 7323 Sustainable Technologies and Systems X 
ARCHST 7325 Energy-Efficient Building DesignXX 
ARCHST 7430 Guiding Design with Historic Preservation
Prerequisites: American History or Government or Art History or instructor's consent
ARCHST 7960 Readings in Environmental DesignX  
ARCHST 7961 Design Research and Service Design1X  
ARCHST 7962 Information Visualization and Visual Analytics1   
ARCHST 7964 Design Thinking and Creative Process1   
ARCHST 8050 Research Methods in Environmental Design (or equivalent)1   
ARCHST 8085 Problems in Environmental Design
1–9 credit hours
ARCHST 8090 Master's Research in Environmental Design
Prerequisites: 4000-level course in field of problem and instructor's consentental Design
1–9 credit hours
ARCHST 8630 Philosophy of Environmental Design Research1   
ARCHST 8650 Theories in Architectural and Interior Design   
ARCHST 8850 Seminar in Environmental Design
1 credit hour1
ARCHST 8887 Environment and Behavior II1 X 
ARCHST 8960 Readings in Environmental DesignXXX
ARCHST 8085/9085 Problems in Environmental Design   
ARCHST 8990 Thesis Project Proposal
1 credit hour
ARCHST 9555 Recent Trends in Environmental Design
On-Campus Class, 1–5 credit hours2

You may choose other courses under the direction of your adviser.

1 Courses count toward the design research concentration.

2 We strongly encourage you to attend at least three summer workshops, held the last week of June on campus.

Post-baccalaureate enrollment

Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll as a post-baccalaureate (formerly nondegree-seeking) student in up to 12 credit hours. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.


The MA program culminates in a professionally reviewed final project demonstrating skills acquired from course work. The culmination of the MS program is a written research thesis.


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

    • Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
    • 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.
    • GRE scores are not required.
  2. Mark your calendar

  3. Application dates

    Apply by Jan. 15 for enrollment in the following fall semester.

  4. Gather your papers

  5. Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Statement of purpose.
    • TOEFL or IELTS score reports for applicants whose native language is not English.
  6. Complete the online application

  7. Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.

    • Upload the above documents in the online application
    • Application type: Master’s Program
    • Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
    • Academic Program: Select either
      • Architectural Studies/Environment & Behavior-Distance (MA) or
      • Architectural Studies/Environment & Behavior-Distance (MS)
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)

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This program is administered by the Department of Architectural Studies .