Environment and behavior

Master of arts in architectural studies University of Missouri-Columbia
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A master of arts in environment and behavior from MU will help you add exemplary value to the quality of the built environment. If you want a career in applied research, consulting or teaching in architecture, interior design and other environmental design disciplines, this may be the degree for you.

The non-thesis MA in environment and behavior culminates in a creative project. If you are interested in a research-based program that culminates in a thesis, you may be interested in the MS program.

Quick facts

Official name

Master of arts in architectural studies with an emphasis in environment and behavior


University of Missouri-Columbia

Program type

Master's degree

Academic home

College of Arts & Science | Department of Architectural Studies

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission

Credit hours


Estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

Graduates of the program find career opportunities in

  • Teaching and research positions in higher education
  • Interior design or architecture consultant
  • Other environmental design disciplines
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Median salary

Program structure

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based. The length of time it takes you to complete your program will depend on how many courses you take each semester and the nature of your project.

Emphasis areas include, among others:

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


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length


Typical course load

Varies if full time or part time


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

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Architectural Studies