The School of Architecture & Design offers two undergraduate degree programs in architecture: a BA in Architectural Studies and a Masters of Architecture. The BA in Architectural Studies program is a four-year academic program that provides students with a combined educational background in the liberal arts and architectural studies; the BA is not a professionally credentialed degree, but is an excellent foundation for graduate studies. Undergraduate students interested in attaining a professional degree in architecture should pursue the M.Arch. program. The M.Arch. program is a five-year, NAAB accredited program that prepares students for professional practice in architecture. Masters of Arts and PhDs in Architecture are also offered.

Architecture Department Website

Degree Options Brochure (pdf)

Undergraduate Architecture Admissions

Graduate Architecture Admissions

Undergraduate students with a combined interest in architecture and engineering might also consider exploring the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering program, housed in the School of Engineering.

Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department Website

Engineering Career Center

Sample of Related Skills

  • Demonstrate competence in a range of representational techniques including physical and digital modeling, drawing, and analytical diagramming 

  • Compile a portfolio or original architectural and 3-D design proposals  

  • Understand urban context evaluation, site design, building program development and concept design leading to a level of design development 

  • Recognize the diverse needs, values, behavioral norms, physical ability, and social and spatial patterns that characterize different cultures and individuals and the implication of this diversity for the societal roles and responsibilities of architects 

  • Understand principles of sustainability in making architecture and urban design decisions that conserve natural and built resources, including culturally important buildings and sites, and in the creation of healthful buildings and communities 

  • Prepare a comprehensive program for an architectural project, including assessment of client and user needs, a critical review of appropriate precedents, an inventory of space and equipment requirements, an analysis of site conditions, a review of the relevant laws and standards and assessment of their implication for the project, and a definition of site selection and design assessment criteria. 

  • Assess, select, and conceptually integrate structural systems, building envelope systems, environmental systems, life-safety systems, and building service systems into building design 

Popular Career Paths

Architectural Design: Specializes in the professional planning and design of residential, commercial, and public buildings and structures; requires professional degree and credentials.

Education & Research: Includes teaching and conducting research for colleges and universities and leading architecture-based educational programs and tours for museums, historical societies, and other non-profits.

Engineering & Construction: Involves the design, construction, material sales, and management of various building projects; requires further education, training, and credentials in engineering or construction management.

Environmental & Sustainable Design: Specializes in "green" design and renovation of residential, commercial, and public buildings and structures.

Facility & Property Management: Includes management of building facilities and property operations for public organizations, private corporations, or real estate owners.

Historical Preservation: Works with the preservation, restoration, or adaptive reuse of historical buildings and structures.

Landscape: Includes the planning and design of land use for residential, commercial, public, and natural spaces; requires further education, training, and credentials in landscape architecture.

Urban Planning: Involves the planning of land use by urban, suburban, and rural communities; requires further education, training, and credentials in urban planning

Explore More Career Paths

Jobs to Consider

Places to Seek Employment

  • Architecture Firms
  • Architectural Journals & Magazines
  • Construction Firms & Contractors
  • Educational Institutions & Museums
  • Engineering Firms
  • Historical Societies
  • Local, State, and Federal Governments
  • Non-Profits & Community Development Agencies
  • Preservation & Restoration Organizations
  • Private Corporations
  • Real Estate Developers
  • Self-Employment (Private Practice/Contracting) 

Job and Internship Search Resources