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Advanced Architectural Design, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #24 (WUR) , PA,
This Master Program is a post-professional, design-based program that engages emerging methods of computational design, simulation, data processing, and fabrication to speculate upon future modes of architectural practice, enhanced construction methods, and alternative material manifestations within the built environment.


Through physical investigations, computational simulation, and the design process, the program seeks to probe the technical and cultural opportunities and implications of a data-rich future in which design methodologies, construction processes, and sustainable building life cycles are intrinsically interlaced.

The goal is consciously speculative and experimental work that is deeply enmeshed with social and environmental concerns, with explicit ties to humanistic and cultural discourses, industry and contemporary practice.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Architectural Design
  • Techniques
  • Situating Topics
  • Framing Questions

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

Qualified candidates must demonstrate a familiarity with the proposed field of study and a high level of design ability through a statement of interest, a portfolio of design and research work, a transcript from the professional degree granting institution, and a CV. The statement of interest should indicate why the applicant would like to enroll in the program, which faculty they would like to work with, and what topics they could envision pursuing in their culminating design research project. The MAAD curriculum is four semesters of study, with all students expected to reside in Pittsburgh full-time.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    47300 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 47300 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    47300 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 47300 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    47300 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 47300 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Pittsburgh

  • 1148 - 1950 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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