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Master of Building Science

University of Southern California

24 months
60446 USD/year
60446 USD/year
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The Master of Building Science MBS program offered at University of Southern California recognizes that exemplary buildings are based on responses to the human condition and to natural forces, requiring good judgment and knowledge for the creative use of architectural technology.


The Master of Building Science MBS program offered at University of Southern California is intended for students with a degree in architecture, engineering or related areas. The typical program length is two years. Students with a professional five-year architecture degree may qualify for advanced standing. Studies are centered around each student’s thesis and are supported by research seminars and electives from architecture, engineering and other related fields. Students are individually guided through their study and thesis by three faculty advisors. 

The faculty has academic, research and professional practice experience in architecture, civil and structural engineering, environmental control system design, and computer applications. Many papers based on thesis work have been co-authored by faculty and students have been published and/or presented at professional conferences.

The need exists for a new generation of professionals whose education has prepared them to fully participate in bringing appropriate technology to the building and rebuilding of humane and supportive cities. 

Within this context, the program emphasizes:

  • The integration of planning, design and technology to form a coherent and interdependent force for the appropriate construction of urban places
  • Recognition of the ecological importance of energy-conscious design and construction as well as the high social value of places in which natural forces and systems are being utilized rather than suppressed
  • The development of research and design methods suited to the complexity of building in urban settings and effective in the use of extensive information.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Designing with Natural Forces
  • Architectural Sustainability Tools and Methods
  • Theories of Computer Technology
  • Material + Process: Material Systems
  • Current Topics in Building Science
  • Advanced Surface Tectonics: Methods in Material and Enclosure
  • Sustainability in the Environment: Infrastructures, Urban Landscapes, and Buildings
  • Conservation Methods and Materials
  • Sustainable Conservation of the Historic Built Environment
  • Descriptive and Computational Architectural Geometry
  • Seismic Design
  • Parametric Design
  • Sustainable Design for Healthy Indoor Environments
  • Lighting Design

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • USC Graduate Online Application 
  • Application fee 
  • Transcripts
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores 
  • Resume and/or Curriculum Vitae 
  • Statement of Intent 
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation 
  • Portfolio and/or Writing Sample 
  • English Proficiency Requirement 
  • Financial Document(s) and Passport Copies.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    60446 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30223 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    60446 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30223 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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