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Program in Built Ecologies School of Architecture Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • Troy, NY
  • Private
  • Suburban
  • 33%67%
    student ratio
  • 18
    total students
  • $43,350 | $43,350
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 1
    fall application deadline
  • 60%
    acceptance rate
  • 2 Degrees
    degrees offered


The School of Architecture

The School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute offers a 1-year Master of Science degree and a PhD in Architectural Sciences with a concentration in Built Ecologies. The degree programs are designed for those individuals with backgrounds in architecture or other fields who are interested in engaging interdisciplinary studies that focus on the development of new strategies. In addition, the school offers a 1-year Master of Architecture II post-professional program in Performance Design that is designed to enhance the skills, knowledge, and abilities of high performing professional practitioners.

Coursework for both programs is taught in New York City at the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE), a multi-institutional research and professional office collaboration co-hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

MS and PhD in Architectural Sciences with a Concentration in Built Ecologies

The core of the Built Ecologies program for each student involves the development of an individual thesis project, developed in close collaboration with a thesis adviser. A wide variety of interdisciplinary issues can be studied, provided that there are faculty members available to guide the specific study. Examples include the investigation of emerging building technologies, issues related to communities and technology, etc. Applicants are strongly encouraged to express their specific interests upon application. A substantial part of the curriculum consists of concentration electives in support of a specific field of inquiry.

The Built Ecologies program attracts students with backgrounds in architecture and design, engineering, physics, biology, and ecology.

Master of Architecture II Post-Professional Program in Performance Design

Situated within the context of the ever-increasing pressure of the built environment on natural resources and the societal response of achieving a net zero building culture within the next few decades, the School's M.Arch II post-professional program in New York City offers a course of study in Performance Design that is designed to enhance the skills, knowledge, and abilities of high performing professional practitioners. The program will develop knowledge and expertise in the performance design process including state of the art and next generation buildings systems, structures, and environments. The aim is to provide a foundation in the physics of buildings, performance analysis and evaluation, and to develop strategies that will influence the way the performance building design process is conceived and executed, thus having an immediate impact on the professional and the larger built ecology.

The Master of Architecture II degree requires 30 credit hours and is expected to be completed in two semesters of study. The program is embedded within the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) located in downtown New York City. CASE is a unique educational and research collaboration between Rensselaer and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, founded to address the global need for innovation and implementation of radically improved, energy-efficient, sustainable built environments. Students enter the program with a B.Arch or M.Arch professional degree. Competitive, merit-based scholarships are available to qualified M.Arch II applicants.

Location & Contact

Program in Built Ecologies

School of Architecture
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180-3590
United States

Office of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 518-276-6216

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Building Science Master of Science (MS)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 4
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Required
    • Doctoral Degrees Required and Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


60% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 40
    • Accepted 24
    • Acceptance Rate 60
    • Enrolled 14
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 1st January 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, portfolio or appropriate qualifications and experience in architecture or related fields
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE, portfolio of research work and interests
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL (minimum score 570 paper-based; 88 iBT), IELTS (minimum score 6.5), or Pearson Test of English (minimum score 60)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$43,350
    • Out-of-state tuition *$43,350
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$4,404.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 1
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students18
    • Female Percentage33%
    • Male Percentage67%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students18
    • Part-time Percentage6%
    • Full-time Percentage94%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino20%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian80%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown0%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty44
    • Full-time Percentage64%
    • Part-time Percentage36%
    • Female Percentage14%
    • Male Percentage86%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchEmerging materials and technologies, sustainable built environments
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$450,000



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