While different types of undergraduate and graduate architecture programs are available, students who want to become licensed architects need to complete a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) or a Master of Architecture (M.Arch).
8 Schools with Architecture Programs
Below is a list of schools that offer architecture programs at various degree levels:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Auburn University||Auburn, AL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state: $10,424; Out-of-state: $28,040|
|Portland Community College||Portland, OR||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state: $3,766; Out-of-state: $8,374|
|Frank Lloyd Wright School for Architecture||Scottsdale, AZ||4-year, Private||Master's||$40,500|
|Mercer County Community College||West Windsor, NJ||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-district: $3,648; In-state: $4,788; Out-of-state: $6,900|
|Syracuse University||Syracuse, NY||4-year, Private||Bachelor's and Master's||Undergraduate: $43,318; Graduate: $33,312|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||Minneapolis, MN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's and Master's||In-state (undergraduate): $13,790; In-state (graduate): $15,844|
|South Central College||North Mankato, MN||2-year, Public||Diploma, Associate's||$5,379|
|Boston University||Boston, MA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's||$48,436|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, school websites
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School Selection Criteria
It is important to include the following when considering schools:
- Students may choose from various pre-professional degrees, such as a B.S. or B.A. in Architecture, Bachelor of Architectural Studies or Bachelor in Environmental Design.
- Students in an architecture program, either professional or pre-professional, may choose design studies from among the other concentrations in architecture, such as architectural history or architectural engineering.
- Schools are often stringent about the requirements of their design progression; students may be required to formally apply to the architecture program in their second or third year of college by providing a design portfolio.
- Aspiring architects should note that most state licensure laws require a professional degree from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
Associate of Applied Technology in Architectural Technology
Students who wish to obtain entry-level positions in the field of architecture may do so with an Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Technology degree. After graduation, students may work as beginning technicians who create drawings and documents related to construction, or they may continue their education in a bachelor's degree program. Some, though not all, associate programs offer concentrations in architecture design.
Bachelor of Architecture
When choosing a bachelor's degree program, students might consider which programs provide extra design courses beyond the typical design progression and whether or not a design-centered program is professional or pre-professional. Students in a professional program earn a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch), whereas students in a pre-professional program often earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in an architectural study.
Master of Architecture
Master's programs typically offer a wide variety of design specialization, including design criticism, digital design and health design. Students who have completed a pre-professional bachelor's degree program may enter into a professional Master of Architecture program, or M.Arch I, while students who have earned a B.Arch degree may enter into a post-professional Master of Architecture program, or M.Arch II.
There are undergraduate and graduate options for students interested in architecture design, including associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees. It is important to consider career goals and schools that are accredited by the NAAB before choosing a program.