Although licensure requirements vary by state, most states require architects to hold a bachelor's or master's degree in architecture. Professional bachelor's programs in architecture usually take five years to complete, while pre-professional programs take four years and prepare students for graduate study. Master's programs can take as little as a year for those with an undergraduate background in architecture and as much as five years for a student with no background. Programs normally include design studios, and internships may be offered to help students meet experience requirements needed for licensure.
University at Buffalo
Founded in 1864, the University at Buffalo is the largest campus within the State University of New York (SUNY) System. This public research university serves an annual student enrollment of over 28,000. The school offers a pre-professional degree program in architecture with a curriculum that meets prerequisite requirements for enrolling in a master's degree in the field. Undergraduate students gain practical experience through a variety of design studios.
The university's accredited professional Master of Architecture degree program is the only one of its kind offered within the SUNY System. This 2-year program is made up of three graduate-level design studios, a written thesis and a core set of architecture classes. A 3.5-year track is also offered for those students without a background in the field. Students can choose to pursue dual graduate degree programs by combining the Master of Architecture with a Master's in Business Administration, Master of Fine Arts or Master of Urban Planning.
Columbia University in the City of New York
Columbia University in New York City provides undergraduate, professional and graduate-level degree programs to over 23,000 students. Both professional and non-professional degree programs are offered through the university's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The school's 3-year Master of Architecture program includes history and theory, studio and building technology sequences. This program's emphasis is placed on architectural design concepts as they relate to historic and contemporary issues in an evolving culture. Other master's degree options include a 3-term program focusing on advanced architectural design and a research-intensive 2-year program on critical, curatorial and conceptual practices in architecture.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|University at Buffalo||4-year, public; large suburb|| BS in Architecture
Master of Architecture
|$13,705 (in-state), $25,265 (out-of-state)*|
|Columbia University in the City of New York||4-year, private nonprofit; large city|| Master of Architecture
MS in Advanced Architectural Design
MS in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture
Source: *NCES College Navigator