Cincinnati Architecture School Overviews with Degree Program Info

The Cincinnati area has three colleges that offer degree programs in the field of architecture. Learn about admission and degree requirements for two of these schools, which are located within 40 miles from the city's downtown.

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Architecture Degrees in Cincinnati

Regardless of whether looking for initial undergraduate training or advanced graduate-level knowledge in architecture, students can turn to a couple of school options that are within a 50-minute drive of downtown Cincinnati. Read an overview of these institutions' programs and coursework below. There's also a table with stats like tuition and graduation rates, followed by info on an additional school with a relevant program offering.

  • The University of Cincinnati is about three miles from the city center. It offers two bachelor's degrees, two master's degrees and a doctoral program in architecture.
  • Located approximately 40 miles from central Cincinnati, Miami University - Oxford has architecture bachelor's and master's degree programs available.

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Comparison of Schools

After getting an idea about these two universities' academic offerings in architecture, take the time to look over this table to learn about some other attributes like campus setting and student enrollment figures.

University of Cincinnati Miami University - Oxford
School Type Four-year; public Four-year; public
Total Enrollment (2014) 35,313* 18,620*
Campus Setting Large city Fringe town
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $11,000 in-state; $26,334 out-of-state* $14,287 in-state; $30,987 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 84%* 78%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 76%* 66%*
Retention Rate (2014) 86% for full-time students* 90% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (Students began in 2008) 60%* 79%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.

University of Cincinnati

In 2010, the University of Cincinnati was recognized for its practice-based architecture programs by ARCHITECT magazine, which ranked it among the top five schools that offer 'practice-based education' in the U.S. Many of the college's programs include cooperative education opportunities that give students hands-on experience.

Bachelor of Science in Architecture

This bachelor's degree program provides a foundation for prospective architects interested in eventually pursuing a master's degree in architecture. Students can gain an understanding of the practical, aesthetic and technical aspects of designing buildings. Topics covered include environmental technology, structures, urban design and digital media skills. The program includes several lab and studio experiences. Students are also required to complete a lengthy cooperative work experience with a professional firm.

Master of Architecture

Emphasizing comprehensive design, this National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB)-approved program prepares graduates for a career designing aesthetically appealing, durable and useful buildings. Students have the opportunity to choose their research focus. The program includes two curriculum tracks - one for students with a bachelor's degree in architecture and one for students with a bachelor's degree in another field.

The Master of Architecture I track is for individuals with a bachelor's degree in a different area and is the longer of the two tracks. Students are required to initially complete an accelerated curriculum that covers the foundational skills used in architecture.

The Master of Architecture II track is designed to be completed in a shorter period of time and is for students who have already earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture or a related program that meets the required guidelines set forth by the NAAB. Both programs include elective course options along with studios, a thesis requirement and co-op experiences.

Master of Science of Architecture

This post-professional degree is designed for individuals with a professional bachelor's degree outside of architecture who have an investigative or theoretical interest in the profession. With emphasis placed on theory and research, graduates are prepared to work in education, research or scholarship. Program coursework includes architecture theory, research and inquiry colloquium, thesis writing workshop and a teaching and pedagogy colloquium. Electives include environmental technologies, structures, history of architecture and design visualization.

PhD in Architecture

Prospective students interested in continuing their education beyond the master's level may want to explore this five-year program. The program requires the completion of 90 credits, which includes foundation studies and a dissertation research proposal paper. The curriculum includes coursework in theory, methods, history, criticism and colloquium. The PhD program offers prospective students several specialization track options, such as sustainable design, international architecture, historic preservation, community design, post-colonial architecture, humanitarian design, interior design theory and new building technologies.

Miami University - Oxford

Miami University - Oxford offers architecture undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its School of Creative Arts and the Department of Architecture and Interior Design. Architecture facilities at the school include the Alumni Hill Woodshop for model-making and computer lab facilities with student workstations.

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

This is a pre-professional program that provides undergraduate students with the knowledge and skills needed to advance to the master's degree program in architecture. Architecture coursework includes graphic media, architectural design, structural and mechanical systems, building science and urban studies as well as the history and theory of architecture. The undergraduate degree program also focuses heavily on studio work, with students being required to complete multiple architectural design studio courses. Students learn to utilize software applications like AutoCAD, Lightscape and Dreamweaver.

Master of Architecture

The Master of Architecture program prepares graduates to work as architects at private architectural firms, industrial corporations and government agencies. Architectural courses may include history and theory, graphic media, design and research methods, structural design and environmental systems and modern architecture.

Prospective students have three program track options from which to choose. Students who have earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from an accredited school within North America and want to focus on a particular area of specialized focus are eligible to seek admission to the Master of Architecture I program. The Master of Architecture II program is designed for those students who wish to continue their studies at the graduate level after having already completed a pre-professional program in the field. Students who have acquired a four-year degree in a subject area not related to architecture can pursue the Master of Architecture III program.

All three programs have achieved recognized accreditation with the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to sit for the Architectural Registration Examination.

Other Schools

Students can find an Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Technology at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, located about 46 miles from the Cincinnati area. Although this program doesn't prepare graduates to become architects, it may be useful for those who want to begin their studies at a community college.

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