Elevating Science, Art & Technology

Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture’s long, rich history of scholarship and research takes shape and pushes the envelope in our graduate degree programs. Our wide range of specialized post-professional program offerings prepare architects and designers for fields as diverse as industry, government, academia, and more. Our graduates succeed on the cutting edge in innovative design practices, research organizations, federal and municipal governments, the building and manufacturing industries, and leading universities both in the US and abroad.

STEM-Eligible Degree Programs

Due to the technical nature of our programs, many of the graduate programs at the SoA have been assigned CIP (Classification of Instructional Programs) codes by the Department of Education that are STEM-eligible. This means that in addition to one year of Optional Practical Training (OPT), a student on an F1 visa may apply for a 24-month STEM OPT extension following graduation.

All SoA STEM-designated degree programs are characterized by a rigorous, research-based pedagogy with emphases on computational design, building science, industry, and/or practice.

The SoA's studio-based graduate programs are characterized by an interdisciplinary studio environment with an emphasis on sustainable design thinking, digital workflows, and emerging trends in architecture. They prepare students to (re)enter professional practice with a more specialized understanding of the discipline, and are designed to allow students in all studio-based programs to collaborate in studio and coursework.

  • The Master of Advanced Architectural Design (MAAD), Master of Architecture (M.Arch), and the Master of Science in Building Performance & Diagnostics (MSBPD) programs are assigned the CIP code – 04.0902, Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology. 
  • The Master of Science in Architecture Engineering Construction Management (MSAECM) program is assigned the CIP code – 15.1501, Engineering/Industrial Management.
  • The Master of Science in Computational Design (MSCD) program is assigned the CIP code – 15.1302, CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician.
  • The Master of Science in Sustainable Design (MSSD) program is assigned the CIP code – 30.3301, Sustainability Studies.

The MSAECM program requires an internship, so Curricular Practical Training (CPT) will enable an F1 student to complete the required internship. The other STEM-eligible graduate programs do NOT require an internship, therefore F1 students do not automatically qualify for CPT. To qualify for CPT, one must prove that the 3-unit practicum counts toward the units required for graduation. For example, if the individual’s program requires 120 units to graduate and the practicum would make the total units 123, the additional 3 hours do NOT count towards graduation and hence are not eligible for CPT. More information about practical training for F1 students, including OPT, 24-Month STEM OPT Extension, and CPT is available at https://www.ice.gov/sevis/practical-training.

For more information, please also refer to the Master’s Student Handbook linked to below on this page.

Studio-Based Graduate Programs

M.S. & PhD Programs

Master's Options for Current B.Arch Students

   Accelerated Master's Program   AMP for current B.Arch students

Accelerated Master's Program
AMP for current B.Arch students


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