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College of Architecture & the Built Environment

The College of Architecture and the Built Environment offers a variety of graduate level degrees and graduate certificates, with something for everyone. We are educating the next generation of architecture, design and construction professionals to create an equitable and sustainable future. Our graduate programs emphasize specialized knowledge unique to each discipline, with opportunity to collaborate across programs.

Philadelphia is our urban lab, giving students easy access to professional experiences within a vibrant metropolitan area. We partner locally and globally with international universities, major corporations, local communities and nonprofit organizations to enhance the student experience. Our East Falls campus is just a quick ride from Center City Philadelphia. 

Our Programs:

  • Master of Architecture

    This NAAB accredited and STEM designated professional degree program is designed to prepare students for architectural practice. The program provides an interdisciplinary academic experience that positions architecture at the dynamic center of our shared social, technological and physical environment. A commitment to design excellence, social equity and sustainability is evident throughout the curriculum, equipping graduates with the creativity, competence, compassion and conviction to be positive agents of change.
  • MS in Architecture

    The MS in Architecture program is an advanced post-professional, research- based degree, featuring two concentrations: Façade Design and Technology and High-Performance Building. This degree prepares students for specialist and consulting positions in the broad field of the built environment in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry.
  • MS in Construction Management

    The MS in Construction Management program — offered on campus at East Falls, online and hybrid —is a hands-on post professional degree with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to construction education and an unparalleled focus on sustainability. The STEM designated program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to plan and manage each phase of the construction process as applied to complex commercial, infrastructure and residential building projects.
  • MS in Geospatial Technology for Geodesign

    The MS in Geospatial Technology for Geodesign degree is a 36-credit post professional program open to those interested in geographic information systems (GIS), urban planning and the allied design disciplines: architecture, landscape architecture, planning and engineering, as well as students with backgrounds or interest in GIS.
  • MS in Historic Preservation

    The MS in Historic Preservation program not only prepares graduates to preserve historic buildings and sites, but also to re-envision and re-purpose the past to serve present and future needs. At Jefferson’s new Center for the Preservation of Modernism, students develop preservation protocols tailored to the unique character of early and mid-century modern architecture.
  • MS in Interior Architecture

    The MS in Interior Architecture degree is a 49- or 69-credit graduate program uniquely crafted to meet the needs of students from non-design backgrounds seeking one of the best professional-level educations in interior design/interior architecture. This program offers a study away component by partnering with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Preservation Institute: Nantucket (PIN), Nantucket, MA, and the field school of the University of Florida’s Center for World Heritage & Stewardship.
  • MS in Real Estate Development

    The MS in Real Estate Development program is a 37-credit, 12-course curriculum that is designed to be flexible for working professionals. The degree can be completed in 1 ½ to 2 ½ years on campus or online. All students come together once a semester for a 2-4 day residency to network and tour real project sites. The program focuses on the quadruple bottom line of real estate development – people, planet, profit and placemaking.
  • MS in Sustainable Design

    The MS in Sustainable Design program offers a combination of lectures, labs and studios, where students build their knowledge base and then synthesize their learning in large complex, and oftentimes, real-world sustainability projects. The program offers a two-year, full-time program, a two-year online program, and a hybrid/flex program. Jefferson also offers Graduate Certificates in Sustainability Leadership, Design of Living Buildings and more.
  • Master in Urban Design – Future Cities

    The Master of Urban Design – Future Cities (MUD) educates the next generation of urban designers, architects and researchers in the development of sustainable, healthy and smart cities and communities. Students have the opportunity to acquire new and valuable skills and benefit from state-of-the-art research at regional and transnational levels, thereby fostering innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity through knowledge exchange and multidisciplinary learning.
  • PhD in Architecture & Design

    The PhD in Architecture and Design Research is focused on anticipating and shaping the future of practice. In this program students will choose a focus area and conduct original research on timely, discipline-specific topics. You’ll shape a research question and pursue transdisciplinary inquiry, drawing upon the broad array of professional expertise available throughout the University. 
  • Graduate Certificates

    The College of Architecture and the Built Environment offers a variety of 12 credit graduate certificates for those students who are looking to advance their careers and connect with other working professionals in their fields. These certificates are offered on campus and online, with flexibility around individual schedules.

The College of Architecture & the Built Environment has over 20 national and international competition wins and is a 5-time winner of the John Stewardson Fellowship Competition.

About Thomas Jefferson University

Thomas Jefferson University is a professional university with over 200+ graduate programs in nine colleges and 3 schools in areas such as architecture, business, design, engineering, fashion and textiles, health science and social science. At Jefferson, you will collaborate with your peers across disciplines and redraw the limits through every standard that exists. You will redefine humanly possible, giving you the competitive advantage employers are seeking.