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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As of 2016, the National Center for Education Statistics noted that there are 114 non-profit schools nationwide, that offer advanced degrees in architecture.

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School Overviews

For individuals working in the field of architecture wanting to advance their career or architecture students with a bachelor's degree wanting earn a graduate degree there a number of schools that offer graduate degrees. The first four programs featured in this article have been rated as among the top five graduate architecture programs in 2016 by Design Intelligence, and they are Harvard University, Columbia University, Yale University and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

School Highlight: The graduate program for architectural students at Harvard University was ranked number 1 in 2016 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 access to and are encouraged to apply for a number of different fellowships, prizes and travel programs.

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 an MS degree in Advanced Architecture Design, a PhD in Architecture and a PhD in Urban planning. These programs 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.

Yale University in New Haven, CT

School Highlight: With historical ties with the Yale art department, the Yale School of Architecture strives to teach its 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 a PhD in Architecture. While earning these degrees, students also have the option to earn joint-degree in business administration or environmental management.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA

School Highlight: 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.

Graduate degrees offered through the School of Architecture and Planning include Master of Science in Architectural Studies, Master of Architecture, Master of Science in Building Technology and a Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology. Founded in 1933, the Department of Urban Studies & Planning is within the School of Architecture & Planning and offers degrees that include Master of City Planning, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy.

Top Architecture Graduate Schools

Below are four other schools whose graduate programs in architecture were ranked among the top 10 by Design Intelligence in 2016.

  • Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, offers travel opportunities so study architecture in New York City, NY, and Rome, Italy.
  • The University of Michigan offers a number of different degrees in architecture including dual degrees in urban planning, urban design, business administration or engineering at its campus in Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Rice University, located in Houston, TX, is home of the Present Future program, a program designed to advance the role of architecture in politics, economics and culture.
  • The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia was ranked the #2 graduate program in landscape architecture by Design Intelligence in 2016

It should be noted that many of the top-ranked architectural graduate schools offer programs that can lead to a variety degrees that run the gamut from master's to doctorates. Concentrations can include urban studies and planning, architectural design, city planning, landscape architecture and environmental design.

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