Top Colleges for Architects: List of Top U.S. Colleges and Universities that Have Architecture Programs

Published Aug 12, 2009

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Architecture degree programs are offered at all degree levels. However, the most prevalent types of professional Architecture degree programs include a 5-year bachelor's degree program, a 2-year master's degree program and a 3- or 4-year master's degree program in Architecture. Miami Dade College, Ohio State University and the University of Florida offer Architecture degree programs.

Details of Architecture Degree Programs

Architects are required to complete a professional degree program from an accredited school.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics,, the National Architectural Accrediting Board accredits 114 degree programs. Upon completion of a degree program, architects participate in a 3-year supervised internship. This allows them to become licensed through the appropriate state agencies and sit for the Architect Registration Exam.

5-Year Bachelor's Degree Program in Architecture

Most architects choose this route in gaining their professional degree. It is the fastest and most direct route to becoming an architect. This type of Architecture degree program does not require any previous knowledge or experience in Architecture.

2-Year Master's Degree Program in Architecture

This traditional master's degree in Architecture is designed for those with an Architecture undergraduate degree. Architects looking to specialize in an area, such as health facility design, landscape architecture or 'green' building designs, often pursue this type of graduate degree program in Architecture.

3- or 4-Year Master's Degree Program in Architecture

Professionals with an undergraduate degree in a field outside of Architecture can complete this type of master's degree program. It is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines.

Public and Private Non-Profit Schools with an Architecture Degree Program

School NameInstitution TypeEnrollmentMailing AddressPhone Number
Miami Dade College4-year Public54,094300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132(305 237-8888
Ohio State University - Main Campus4-year Public52,568190 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210(614)292-6446
Univ. of Florida4-year Public51,725355 Tigert Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611(352) 392-3261
Arizona State University4-year Public51,481Tempe, AZ 85287(480) 965-9011
Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities4-year Public50,883100 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455(612)625-5000
The University of Texas at Austin4-year Public50,170Austin, TX 78712(512)471-3434
Texas A & M University4-year Public46,542College Station, TX 77843(979)845-3211
City College of San Francisco2-year Public46,41150 Phelan Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112(415) 239-3000
Michigan State University4-year Public46,045East Lansing, MI 48824(517)355-1855
Univ. of South Florida4-year Public44,8704202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620(813) 974-2011

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