Architecture Schools in Missouri with Degree Summaries

Missouri has five colleges that offer architecture programs. Learn about the degree programs, tuition info and program options for the five schools to make an informed education decision.

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Essential Information

There are only a few schools in Missouri that offer architecture programs. Students can select from relevant degrees at the associate's, bachelor's and master's degree levels. Focuses are available in architecture, architectural technology, architectural engineering and landscape architecture. Profiled below are the five schools offering architectural training in Missouri.

Drury University

Located in Springfield, Drury University's the Hammons School of Architecture offers a five-year professional program leading to a Master of Architecture. The degree program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and qualifies students for licensure. Through the program, students complete two years of a pre-professional program before they begin completing the professional program. Courses include architectural theories, architectural design, building systems and architectural history. Participants can get involved in the American Institute of Architecture Students, where they can meet, interact with and help classmates. They can also participate in a semester-long study abroad program in Greece or a five-week faculty-led study abroad program in Europe, Asia or Latin America.

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology is located in Rolla, a small town surrounded by forests, rivers and beautiful national parks. Through the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, which is accredited by the ABET (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). Through this degree program, students learn to plan, design and supervise the construction of buildings and other structures, which includes being able to manage finances and lead others. This program doesn't lead to licensure in architecture.

Learners can enhance their experience with campus facilities, including the Aggregate Materials Laboratory, the Structural Engineering Research Laboratory and the Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Hall. They can also participate in campus clubs, such as the Architectural Engineering Institute or Chi Epsilon, which is for civil engineering honor students. Study abroad opportunities are available in London and Greece.

Ranken Technical College

St. Louis' Ranken Technical College is committed to providing students with the technical know-how to find employment in various technical fields. Through the Construction Division, students can pursue either an Associate of Science in Architectural Technology or Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology. Within the programs, they have the opportunity to participate in real-world projects and gain hands-on experience. The two-year associate's degree program can prepare students for a bachelor's degree or for an entry-level position in architectural drafting. The bachelor's degree program includes studies in residential design, building design, architectural history and structural principles; however, this program does not prepare students for architecture licensure.

Saint Louis Community College

St. Louis Community College's 78-acre Meramec Campus is located in St. Louis. Students can pursue a certificate in sustainable environmental design with an emphasis in architecture. This program is 16 credits, includes classes in environmental architecture design strategies and sustainable design, and takes one year to complete.

Washington University in St. Louis

At Washington University's St. Louis campus, students can enroll in architectural programs through the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts' College of Architecture. Learners can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Bachelor of Design in Architecture, Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design or Master of Science in Architectural Studies.

The undergraduate programs familiarize students with the principles of architectural design and train them to solve architectural problems while they simultaneously explore other academic fields. The graduate programs launch students into a challenging arena where they apply building practices and technologies to explore both the theory and craft of architecture. The Master of Architecture programs are accredited by NAAB and lead to professional licensure in Missouri. Undergraduates can study abroad in Florence or Copenhagen and graduate students can complete semester-long study abroad programs in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Helsinki, Seoul or Shanghai.

Career Requirements

The Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Landscape Architects requires aspiring architects to complete a professional degree program from an accredited school of architecture. Completing a training period, typically about three years, is also essential prior to taking the Architect Registration Exam (ARE), which must be passed to gain licensure.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Architecture Degree Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-16)
Drury University Four-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city Master of Architecture $24,905*
Missouri University of Science and Technology Four-year, public; remote town Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering $9,048 in-state, $24,470 out-of-state*
Ranken Technical College Four-year, primarily associate's, private not-for-profit; large city Associate of Science in Architectural Technology,
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology
Saint Louis Community College Two-year, public; large city Certificate of Specialization in Sustainable Environmental Design $3,090 in-district, $4,470 in-state, $6,150 out-of-state*
Washington University in St. Louis Four-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb Bachelor of Arts in Architecture,
Bachelor of Design in Architecture,
Master of Architecture,
Master of Landscape Architecture,
Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design,
Master of Science in Architectural Studies

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

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