Guide to Graduate Concentrations

For Frequently Asked Questions about the below concentrations, see the bottom of this page.

Graduate Concentrations:

Construction Management (9 credits)

This concentration introduces construction management concepts and principles as applied to contemporary practice and investigates the intersecting roles of construction managers, architects, clients, and general contractors. Topics encompass planning, programming, and documentation from pre-construction to project close-out; legal aspects relative to environmental protection, contract documents; insurance and bonds; labor relations and inspection; project control; heavy construction skills and ethics; and the development of analytical and communication skills. 

Choose three of the following:

CMGT-607 Intro to Construction Project Management (Fall only)
CMGT-609 Construction Site Operations (Spring only)
CMGT-6xx Codes and Specs (Spring only)
CMGT-614 Materials & Methods of Construction (Spring only)
CMGT-618  Heavy Construction Principles & Practice (Fall only)

Note: The delivery method of courses (on-campus, online, or hybrid) are as posted on Bannerweb. All forms are to be emailed to the CM Program Coordinator. 

Historic Preservation/Urban Revitalization (9 credits)

This concentration provides a foundation in the field of historic preservation. Courses cover contemporary practice and fieldwork, urban revitalization and sustainability issues, building conservation, methods of archival research, standards for documentation, American architectural traditions, as well as design considerations in the adaptive reuse of historic structures. 

Required Courses Course Title Prerequisite
MHP-621 (fall only) Issues in Contemporary Preservation None   

Choose three of the following:

MHP-602 (spring only) Uncovering the Past: Tools, Methods and Strategies None
MHP-624 (fall only) Architectural Forensics and Documentation None
MHP-626 (fall only) Building Conservation and Assessment None
MHP-603  (spring only) Restoration and Rehabilitation of Modernism None
ARCH-672 (fall only) American Architecture None
ARCH-671 (fall only) Vernacular Architecture None

Real Estate Development (9 credits)

This concentration introduces the economic, social and physical issues inherent in environmentally and fiscally sustainable real estate and land-use development. Through real-world case studies presented by leading developers, coursework encompasses market analysis and valuation, finance and investment, legal issues of ownership and land-use, public-private partnerships, urban regeneration and adaptive reuse, construction science and management, in addition to multiple design and development paradigms and their long-term local, national, and global impacts. Sustainable strategies inform a curriculum sensitive both to the ethical dimension of development and the parameters of a capital-driven market.

Required Courses Course Title Prerequisite
MRE-601 Sustainable Real Estate Development Process None   

Choose two of the following:

MRE-604 Case Study: Mixed-Use, Commercial, & Health Care Facilities MRE-601
MRE-620 Urban Revitalization, Historic Neighborhoods & Adaptive Reuse MRE-601
MHP-638 Sustainable Affordable Housing MRE-601
MHP-630 Market Analysis and Valuation MRE-601
MRE-615 Real Estate Finance and Investment MRE-601
MRE-635 Public-Private Partnerships MRE-601
MRE-625 Real Estate Law and Ethical Practices MRE-601

Sustainable Design (9 credits)

The concentration introduces students to the theory of sustainability and how it is applied in the built environment. Students will be grounded in the methodologies of sustainable design, learn to measure, predict and design for thermal comfort, adaptable opportunities and resilience across scales. Students will also learn how to design and calculate sustainable systems, and learn to evaluate, compare, perform life cycle analyses of materials.

Required Courses Course Title Prerequisite
SDN 601* (Fall, Spring, Summer) Sustainable Design Methodologies None
SDN 602** (Fall on-line only) Adaptive Design None
SDN 603* (Summer on-line only) Sustainable Systems None
SDN 604* (Fall or Spring) Green Materials & Life Cycle Assessment None
SDN 609* (Fall, Spring, Summer) BIM for Sustainable Design None


* Available as an asynchronous course. The schedule for the course is not decided until the beginning of the semester. This means that students can take this course even if there is a conflict and watch the recorded lectures each week.

** This course is sometimes offered in the spring as well on Wednesday afternoons

Sustainability Leadership (9 credits)

This concentration prepares students to design and deliver sustainability initiatives in current or future organizations. With the curriculum’s project-based approach, students will build vital skills in problem scoping, systems modeling, solution framing and change management and immediately apply these skills to the sustainability challenges facing assigned organizations or clients.

Choose three of the following:

Required Courses Course Title Prerequisite
SDN 601* (Fall, Spring, Summer) Sustainable Design Methodologies None
SDN 625 (Fall online only) Environmental Impact Analysis None
SDN 626 (Spring online only) Sustainability Advocacy & Change Management None
SDN 627 (Summer online only) Models & Metrics for Sustainable Organizations SDN 626


* Available as an asynchronous course. The schedule for the course is not decided until the beginning of the semester. This means that students can take this course even if there is a conflict and watch the recorded lectures each week.

(GIS) Geographic Information Systems (9 credits)

This concentration in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) provides students with the opportunity to learn and apply advanced spatial techniques and spatial thinking to various disciplines related to design of the built environment. Courses span introduction to advanced concepts and include desktop as well as internet technologies.

Required Courses Course Title Prerequisite
GEOD-610 Intro to GIS None   

Choose two of the following:

GEOD-615 (Fall only) Adv GIS for Landscape Analysis GEOD-610: Intro to GIS
GEOD-617 (Spring only) Adv GIS for Urban Planning & Devl GEOD-610: Intro to GIS
GEOD-625 (Fall only) Internet GIS Tech for Design and Devl None

Smart Cities & Urban Analytics (9 credits)

This concentration prepares students to design and analyze planning, management, and operational functions of smart cities. The credential gives students the technical and theoretical skills needed to make a difference to the cities of today and tomorrow.

Required Courses Course Title Prerequisite
MUD 600 Modeling Urban Environmental Performance None
MUD 617 Advanced GIS for Urban Planning and Development None
MUD 604 Emerging Design and Technology for Future Cities None
GEOD 600 3D Modeling for Geodesign None


Interior Architecture (9 credits)

This concentration introduces students to both theory and application of interior architecture in the built environment. Students will be grounded in the methodologies of interior architecture, focus on the design and construction of the built environment through an interiors perspective, consider how human behavior influences the built environment and consider how the well-being of humans and the natural environment influences interior design. Students will also learn how the interaction of space, form, light, color, materiality and furniture transforms our lived experience in buildings.

Choose three of the following:

IARC-603 History of Design 2 for I.A. None
IARC-604 Vis. 4  for I.A. Vis 1 & 2 for Arch.
IARC-610 Textiles & Materials for Interiors None
IARC-607 Interior Building Technology for I.A. None
IARC-608 Light + Color None
IARC-614 Furniture Design Design 3 for I.A. or Arch.
IARP-502 Design 2  for I.A. Design I for I.A. or Arch. (4 cr.)
IARC-601 Design 3  for I.A. Design 2 for I.A. or Arch. (4 cr.)
IARC-602 Design 4  for I.A. Design 3 for I.A. or Arch.(4 cr.)


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a graduate concentration?

A graduate concentration is a secondary area of interest that complements or reinforces a graduate student’s primary discipline. Certain CABE graduate programs require that a student choose a concentration to establish a focus area within the primary discipline. Students enrolled in a master’s program that does not require a concentration may elect to declare a concentration in order to pair their major discipline with another architecture related field. A concentration allows students to group electives together in a meaningful way, providing a set of courses that provides supplemental study in a particular subject area. Options for graduate concentrations are determined by the academic programs and consist of a minimum of nine (9) credits in the subject area. Guidelines for available concentrations are below: 

  • A student may not use the same course for credit in both the primary discipline and area of concentration. In other words, only free elective credits can be applied to the concentration.
  • Concentrations typically consist of at least one required course, plus a selection of courses from which the student may choose.
  • Any substitute elective course from within the concentration must be approved by the program director of the area of concentration.

What are the advantages to completing a concentration?

In addition to integrating and unifying subjects covered in free electives, a graduate concentration enables a student to pursue a secondary area of interest and to develop a knowledge base and skill sets that complement the primary discipline.

By layering a secondary area onto a primary field of study, a concentration indicates versatility and flexibility to a prospective employer, increasing a student’s marketability and expanding prospects for internships and future employment.

What is the difference between a graduate “concentration” and a graduate “certificate”?

A graduate certificate is a grouping of four courses for a minimum of twelve credits in a subject area and is available to individuals who are NOT matriculating in one of CABE’s master’s programs. Individuals who have completed a baccalaureate degree or a master’s degree are eligible to apply for acceptance into a CABE certificate program. Unlike a concentration that is integral to a specific master’s curriculum, a certificate is a stand-alone, self-contained credential.

However, if after completing the graduate certificate a student decides to pursue a master’s degree, credits accrued in the graduate certificate will be applied to the master’s program to fulfill ether required foundational or elective coursework. In this way, the student achieves advanced standing in the master’s program, saving both time and tuition.  

When should I declare a concentration?

Students determine an appropriate concentration in consultation with their program director. Students should map out a schedule in advance to assure the completion of the concentration. Certain courses are offered only once a year in specific semesters.

To formally declare a concentration requires filling out appropriate paperwork, available at the University Registrar’s website, and obtaining approval from both the student’s program director and the program director of the concentration area. Only general electives can be applied to fulfill the coursework in the concentration.

Non-CABE graduate students can declare a CABE concentration. Any non-CABE graduate student declaring a CABE concentration must meet CABE laptop requirements as well as fulfill prerequisite requirements.   

All courses listed in CABE concentrations are 3 credits, unless otherwise noted.