Admissions for the Design Computation Dual Master of Science in Architecture/Master of Science in Computer Science or Information Technology Dual Degree

School of Architecture Admissions Information + FAQs

Admissions Committee

Admissions to the Dual Degree will be evaluated beginning January 15, 2020, though applications will be considered throughout the Spring semester, until August 1. For full consideration for financial support submit your application as soon as possible in the Spring semester. Contact the chair of the admissions committee directly for any questions concerning admissions requirements, deadlines, and financial support.

Interested students must submit a separate application to each program of interest, the MS in Architecture and either the MS IT (SIS) or the MS CS. Each programs’ admission committee independently reviews applicants with respect to that degree program.

Students already having matriculated into either the Masters of Architecture, MS IT or MS CS program who desire to add the dual degree option must apply and gain admission to the other program no later than the end of their first year of matriculation.

Admission to the dual degree program requires either a degree in architecture or a related design discipline or an undergraduate degree in computer science, information technology or a related discipline

Students admitted to the program will have the option to work toward the Master of Computer Science or the Master of Information Technology degrees. More information about these degrees can be found on the websites for Computer Science and SIS. Applicants can contact the chair of the admissions committee directly for more information about satisfying the computing admissions requirements.

Software and Information Systems (IT) option:

Students with an undergraduate background in Design should apply to the IT option.
Students applying to the IT option must have one of the following:

  1. A summer programming course (boot camp) offered by CCI, or
  2. An introductory programming course as part of a Bachelor’s degree, or
  3. A certificate in a programming course offered online that is approved by the admission committee for the dual degree program.

Computer Science option:

Students applying to the Computer Science option are expected to have knowledge of two higher programming languages, data structures, operating systems or computer architecture, and an additional upper-level computing course. Also, knowledge of calculus, discrete mathematics, and linear algebra is strongly recommended. Work experience at a professional level in the computer industry or satisfactory completion of the Advanced GRE in Computer Science may be substituted for some or all of the subject area admission requirements, subject to review by the joint admissions committee.

Application to UNC Charlotte Graduate Admissions

Submit the following application package to the UNC Charlotte Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Online Graduate School Application available from the UNC Charlotte Office of Graduate Admissions and Application Fee.
  2. Official transcripts from all previous college-level institution(s) to UNC Charlotte Office of Graduate Admissions
  3. Official GRE (and TOEFL if applicable) test scores
  4. Statement of Purpose that explains your reasons for wanting to be admitted to the Design + Computation Dual Degree Program- Please include examples of work completed at the intersection of design + computation.
  5. Three recommendations from persons familiar with the applicant’s personal and professional qualifications

Review of completed applications for the Master of Science in Architecture/Master of Science in Computer Science or Information Technology Dual Degree program will begin on January 15th. The committee must receive your application to both programs to be considered for financial assistance supported through the Dual Degree Program.

Note: Other programs within the School of Architecture are accredited through the National Architectural Accrediting Board, but the Master of Science in Architecture degree program, because of its research focus, is not an accredited program and can not lead to licensure as a registered architect. Students can also enroll in both the Professional Masters of Architecture and the Design Computation program, please contact the Coordinator for more details on this course of study