List of Colleges that Offer Architecture Degrees and Majors

Aug 22, 2019

When choosing between schools for architects in the U.S., students may consider the type of hands-on experience available, as well as the type of coursework and degree programs offered with an eye toward meeting state licensure requirements.

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What Colleges Offer Architecture Programs?

Students who want to study architecture in the U.S. may enroll in a professional Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture program; doctorate programs in architecture are also available. If you are interested in becoming an architect, explore school options and criteria for selecting the best school for you.

Harvard University

According to U.S. News and World Report, Harvard University, located in Cambridge, MA, is ranked as the #2 school among all national universities. Harvard's Department of Architecture offers two different Master in Architecture degrees. One is designed for those who already have an undergraduate degree in architecture while the other is for those who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than architecture or design.

Columbia University

Columbia University is located in New York, NY, and is tied for #3 among all national universities. Columbia offers both master's and doctoral degrees in architecture and prioritizes research and experimentation. They also provide a certificate program focused on architecture in Paris and New York and pre-professional introduction to architecture program that can help prepare students for graduate school.

Yale University

Yale offers architecture degrees at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. They also offer the option of joint-degree programs, such as a Master in Architecture combined with a Master of Business Administration or a Master of Environmental Management. This university, based in New Haven, CT, is also tied for 3rd in the ranking of national universities, according to U.S. News and World Report.

10 Architecture Colleges

The following 4-year institutions are some options of architect degree schools:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*
Harvard University Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private Master's, Doctoral $47,562 (Graduate)
Columbia University New York, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $59,430 (Undergraduate); $48,390 (Graduate)
Yale University New Haven, CT 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $53,430 (Undergraduate); $42,100 (Graduate)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $51,832 (Undergraduate); $54,976 (Graduate)
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $55,188 (Undergraduate); $29,584 (Graduate)
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $15,262 in-state, $49,350 out-of-state (Undergraduate); $23,456 in-state, $47,006 out-of-state (Graduate)
Rice University Houston, TX 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $47,350 (Undergraduate); $38,438 (Graduate)
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $55,584 (Undergraduate); $38,630 (Graduate)
University of Virginia Charlottesville,VA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $17,653 in-state, $49,032 out-of-state (Undergraduate); $18,848 in-state, $29,660 out-of-state (Graduate)
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $14,184 in-state, $43,176 out-of-state (Undergraduate); $14,131 in-state, $29,233 out-of-state (Graduate)

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

College Selection Criteria

There are a number of factors that students should consider before choosing an educational program in architecture:

  • Applicants without experience should seek a school with a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.), while those with a bachelor's in a field other than architecture or who have earned a non-professional bachelor's in architecture might look for an institution offering a professional Master in Architecture (M.Arch.).
  • Find a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
  • Consider the coursework and concentrations offered. For example some schools may focus on design, the history of architecture, or technologies used in architectural design.
  • Some schools offer hands-on experiences with professional architects already working in the field.

Aspiring architects can earn a Bachelor of Architecture, a Master in Architecture, or a Doctorate in Architecture from public and private institutions. Accreditation, hands-on experience, and degree concentrations may be some things that potential students want to consider when selecting a school.

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