Atlanta Architecture Universities with Degree Program Descriptions

Jan 21, 2019

There are two schools within 25 miles of downtown Atlanta that have architecture degree programs. Read an overview of these two schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

Architecture Schools in Atlanta

While there aren't very many architecture schools in Atlanta, the two that are within a 25-minute drive of downtown offer several degrees. This article also features a table that includes important facts about these schools such as enrollment, availability of financial aid and the campus setting.

  • Students desiring to earn a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Architecture may be interested in the Georgia Institute of Technology, which has one of the nation's largest PhD programs in the field. The school also has bachelor's and master's degree programs in architecture. Georgia Tech is about 1.6 miles from the city center.
  • Students considering studying architecture at Kennesaw State University can choose from a bachelor's or master's degree program. They can also join one of three architecture student organizations. This school is 22.4 miles from downtown Atlanta.

Comparison of Schools

Students looking for an architecture program will want to consider several factors, including cost and the acceptance rate for applicants. The following table gives an overview of several aspects to consider when choosing a school.

Georgia Institute of Technology Kennesaw State University
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 29,376* 35,846*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Tuition & Fees 2017-2018 (undergraduate) $12,418 in-state; $33,014 out-of-state* $6,347 in-state; $17,329 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 76%* 91%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 23%* 61%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 97% for full-time students* 78% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (Students began in Fall 2011) 85%* 42%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Georgia Institute of Technology

At this school, students can earn both a bachelor's and master's degree in architecture in six years. Research projects at the institute are sponsored by government, profit and nonprofit agencies, as well as software developers.

Bachelor of Science in Architecture

While earning their bachelor's degree, students learn about the history of architecture, design computing and design fundamentals, along with participating in architectural design studio classes. The undergraduate degree is intended to prepare students for a professional graduate program.

Master of Architecture

Students can earn their Master of Architecture degree in either two years or 3.5, depending on their academic background. This professional program addresses topics such as architectural history, architectural theory, structures and construction. There are a number of electives that students can choose from to expand their interests.

Master of Science in Architecture

Students interested in this post-professional degree will be able to choose from such concentrations as health and design, design computation and high performance buildings. Depending on the track, students can learn how to design sustainable buildings, consult on the design of healthcare facilities or create 3D models.

PhD in Architecture

PhD concentrations include history and society, culture and behavior, building technology and design computation. Admission to the large program is merit-based and competitive. The program includes a thesis topic and research proposal. The program focuses primarily on architectural and other types of research.

Kennesaw State University

While earning their degrees, students can join the university's chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students and the National Association of Minority Architecture Students. Since the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) requires prospective architects to complete an internship, Kennesaw has its own committee dedicated to help students maneuver through the process of completing NCARB's Intern Development Program.

Bachelor of Architecture

The first two years of this 5-year program are focused on design foundation and the last three years are a professional program. The program has also been accredited by the NAAB. Students complete an independent design study during the fifth year of the program.

Master of Science in Architecture

The university's master's degree program teaches students about design techniques and research methods. The program's two concentrations are urbanism and technology of architecture. Depending on the concentration taken, students can take courses in urban design, spatial analysis, sustainable design strategies and materials. A thesis project is required.

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