Architecture Graduate School Rankings

Architects are designers of buildings and other structures. These professionals are required to have at least bachelor's degrees in architecture for licensure; however, many schools offer graduate professional programs which are becoming the industry standard.

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For individuals working in the field of architecture wanting to advance their career or architecture students with a bachelors degree wanting earn a graduate degree there a number of schools that offer graduate degrees. The first three programs featured in this article have been rated as the top three graduate architecture programs in 2015 by Design Intelligence, including: Harvard University, Columbia University and Yale University.

1. Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

School Highlight: The graduate program for architectural students at Harvard University was ranked number 1 in 2015 by Design Intelligence.

The Graduate School of Design at Harvard University offers both a professional and post-professional degree Masters of Architecture degree. As students work for these degrees they have accesses and are encouraged to apply for a number of different fellowships, prizes and travel programs.

2. Columbia University in New York, NY

School Highlight: To help students develop a better understanding of urban forms, the history of urban forms and the roles of architecture Columbia University has a program where students spend a semester studying New York City and Paris.

The Graduate school of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University offers and MS degree in Advanced Architecture Design, PhD in Architecture and a PhD in Urban planning. These program help students prepare for professional careers in urban design/development, historical preservation and real estate development by studying the history, theories, methods, technologies and cultural aspects of architecture.

3. Yale University in New Haven, CT

School Highlight: With historical ties with the Yale art department, the Yale School of Architecture strive to teach it students how to not only create architecture designs, but also design architecture that expresses human values and a provides a place for human activity.

The Yale school of architecture offers a number of different graduate degrees, including: a Master of Architecture degree, a post-professional Master of Architecture degree, a Master of Environmental Design degree, and PhD in Architecture. While earning these degrees students also have the option to earn joint-degree in business administration or environmental management.

Top Architecture Graduate Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Here you will be able to study at the oldest Department of Architecture, and continuous department of Urban Studies and Planning in the U.S. Cambridge, MA
Cornell University This school offers travel opportunities so study architecture in New York City, NY and Rome, Italy. Ithaca, NY
University of Michigan Offers a number of different degrees in architecture including dual degrees in urban planning, urban design, business administration or engineering Ann Arbor, MI
Rice University Home of the Present Future program, a program designed to advance the role of architecture in politics, economics and culture. Houston, TX
University of Pennsylvania The University of Pennsylvania offers accesses to state-of-the-art technologies that will allow students to prepare for a career in the modern world of architecture Philadelphia, PA

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