Graduate Degree Programs
Find the Program, Location, and Delivery Method Right for You
The College of Architecture and Urban Studies offers a variety of graduate degree programs in Blacksburg, Richmond, the greater Washington, D.C., metro area, and online. Many of our programs are designed with working professionals in mind, while our full-residency options offer intensive study and research with our world-renowned faculty.
This program is structured to allow flexibility and to accommodate diverse student needs. This is accomplished by offering a combination of choices of studies available within the various program options. The M.Arch.1 option results in a post-professional degree. The M.Arch.2 and M.Arch.3 options result in the conferring of a first professional degree, fully accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board. The three programs are: M.Arch.1, Advanced Research and Design; M.Arch.2, Advanced Professional Studies; M.Arch.3, Comprehensive Professional Studies.
This program offers the opportunity for advanced study and research in specialized areas related to building design, construction, and operations over a broad range of scales, providing the basis for diverse career paths and/or entry into a Ph.D.-level program. Students will develop their own programs of study in cooperation with appropriate faculty and consideration of the courses and facilities available. The available research concentrations are building science, interior design, and urban design.
This degree offers three distinct programs. The 3-Year First Professional MLA program is for students who wish to enter the profession who do not have a degree in landscape architecture. The 2-Year Advanced Master of Landscape Architecture program is for students with a degree who wish to do in-depth studies within a focused area of the discipline of landscape architecture. The 1-Year Thesis Master of Landscape program is for students with a degree and a portfolio.
This program offers the opportunity for advanced study and research in specialized areas related to building design, construction, and operations over a broad range of scales, providing the basis for diverse career paths and/or entry into a Ph.D. level program. While an undergraduate degree in these fields is not required, applicants must demonstrate relevant background and professional experience. They must also demonstrate the capability for undertaking advanced academic study.
This program is a terminal degree program that prepares students to use digital and new media technologies to create, present, communicate, and shape information and imagery. It addresses emerging trends in science and research arenas, art and design, and industrial/commercial contexts. The program is cross-disciplinary and inter-media, designed to work with individual students on an individual basis. Students have the opportunity to develop original work in 3D animation, video, motion graphics, digital imaging, interactive multi-media design, creative coding, web design, sound and imaging, spatial interactivity, and installation.
Whether your career will take you into government (federal, state, and local), non-profits, or even a for-profit industry, Center for Public Administration and Public Affairs MPA students emerge from their degree program with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to start making a meaningful contribution to their organizations from day one and to continue to do so throughout their careers. CPAP’s MPA curriculum is focused on three major areas: management, public service, and public policy. The curriculum also has 9 hours of elective credits which allow students to focus on their MPA in their desired area of study.
This program draws insights from the social sciences and humanities in learning into the multidimensional study of governance processes in all levels of society and international affairs. Program graduates work in a range of nonprofit/NGO, public and private organizations at national and international levels.
This program is unique because it offers access to urban planning in rural, suburban, urban, national, and international areas. The degree has a dual objective of training graduates for their first planning job, and more importantly instilling conceptual and critical thinking necessary for lifelong learning and career development. Graduates are able to assume professional responsibilities in a wide variety of positions in public service or in the private sector.
There are two major tracks within the Architecture and Design Research degree, each of which has topical areas. The Architecture track includes Architectural Representation and Education, Architectural History and Theory, Historical Preservation and Computing and Representation. A principal focus of the Design Research track is on Building Science.
The Department of Building Construction offers an Environmental Design and Planning degree with required core courses and research credits for a total of 90 credit hours. During the student’s second semester of Ph.D. study, a qualifying examination will be required to determine the student’s fitness to proceed in the program and to identify and develop a plan to remedy deficiencies.
This program draws insights from the social sciences and humanities into the multidimensional study of governance processes in all levels of society and international affairs. The faculty and students work jointly to cultivate their experience, knowledge, and skill with regard to the governance practices, political institutions, social dynamics, cultural values, workplace conditions, spatial formations, historical trends, and ethical conflicts that intersect in the workings of government, business, and not-for-profit organizations. Program graduates work in a range of nonprofit/NGO, public and private organizations at national and international levels.
While the core of the Ph.D. program is the dissertation, the Doctor of Philosophy degree formally requires a minimum of 90 credit hours. Center for Public Administration and Public Affairs students take a series of foundation courses in five Core Areas: context of public administration, organization, policy, management, and ethics, as well as five advanced courses we call Advanced Topics courses and Capstone Seminars.
Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs
In addition to the graduate degrees, our college is involved with many of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs offered at Virginia Tech. These programs allow you to further tailor your education in areas of concentration that benefit from bringing together faculty from across the university.
If you are interested in applying for graduate school in the college, your application will actually be submitted online through the Graduate School. The Graduate School provides a wealth of information on the application process. Another useful resource for information is the Graduate Catalog, which provides information on policies, academic programs, and certificate offerings.