Architecture Colleges in Baltimore, MD with Degree Overviews

Jan 08, 2019

Research architecture degrees in Baltimore, which currently has a five schools offering programs within 35 miles of downtown. Read an overview of degree programs, admissions info, and program requirements for two of these schools, and decide which program is right for you.

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Baltimore Architecture Programs

Those wishing to study architecture in the Baltimore, MD, area have five schools to choose from. Get details on two of these schools, which are both conveniently located less than 40 minutes from downtown. The table below contains valuable school information, such as tuition rates, graduation rates and enrollment numbers.

  • Located around four miles from downtown Baltimore, Morgan State University offers a bachelor's degree program in architecture and environmental design and a master's degree program in architecture.
  • The University of Maryland - College Park, which is located nearly 28 miles outside of Baltimore, offers a bachelor's degree in architecture, as well as two master's degrees in architecture.

Comparison of Schools

Use the handy table below to compare valuable school information and make an informed education decision.

Morgan State University University of Maryland - College Park
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 7,747* 40,521*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $7,766 in-state, $17,832 out-of-state* $10,399 in-state, $33,606 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-2017) 82%* 68%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 64%* 45%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 75%* 96%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students began in Fall 2011) 38% (35% transfer-out rate)* 85% (5% transfer-out rate)*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

Morgan State University

Morgan State University's School of Architecture and Planning is committed to training prospective architects who can create built environments inspired by the natural world. Students can participate in several different architectural organizations, including the American Institute of Architects Students and the American Society of Landscape Architecture Students, which can help them connect with professionals, develop leadership skills and improve their own architectural skills. At the Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies, students have access to computer labs, building labs and other facilities.

Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design

Through this 4-year pre-professional degree program, students explore technology, history, design principles, and architectural theories. They also complete studio and urban design classes that progress in difficulty. Electives include plant materials, urban development, advanced wall systems, public space planning, and historic preservation.

Master of Architecture

The professional master's degree program in architecture includes courses in environmental design, environmental history, architectural technology, and architectural design studios. Students can also participate in a graphics workshop, a studio in historic and cultural preservation and two internships in built environments. The program culminates in a final project.

University of Maryland - College Park

At the University of Maryland - College Park, students earn architecture degrees through the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, which provides them with multiple learning environments and opportunities to work with interdisciplinary facilities. The school is located near Washington D.C., Annapolis, and Baltimore, and students can explore different types of architecture in these cities.

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

The B.S. is a pre-professional program emphasizing architecture, but it can also be a jumping-off point for related fields. Students take a series of architectural design studios in addition to learning about the history of world architecture, design media and architectural structures. In the B.A. program, students begin by acquiring a solid foundation in the liberal arts and introductory architecture. In the final two years of the program, they study the theory and history of architecture through a series of electives. They also complete an architecture studio and acquire practical experience in the field.

Master of Architecture

The Master of Architecture is a 2-year professional program that can lead to an architectural license. Courses include urban development, architectural history, design theory, building systems, site analysis, and site design. Students become familiar with design software commonly used by architects and complete an architecture seminar. They must also write a thesis. This program is generally completed in seven semesters, though students with an extensive academic background in architecture can take the advanced standing path and complete the program in four semesters.

Master of Science in Architecture

The Master of Science in Architecture is designed for students who already hold a professional degree in architecture. The program emphasizes urban design, and students explore sustainable planning techniques. Graduate assistantships and professional internships are available.

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