Top Architecture Colleges in USA

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    Study Abroad Expert | Updated on - Jan 12, 2022

    Over 200 architecture colleges in USA offer various programs at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. Architecture study in the USA will help you prepare for a career that applies creativity to construct, design, and implement plans. The USA is also one of the top study abroad destinations attracting international students from all around the world.

    According to the QS News World University Ranking 2020 for architecture which included 201 universities, 38 of the top universities of the USA made it to the list. Among them, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is ranked 1st in the world. Harvard University and University of California (Berkeley) were ranked at 5th and 6th respectively.

    According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for architects in the USA is expected to increase by 8% from 133,900 in 2018 to 145,100 in 2028. California has the highest number of employment for architects in the USA in the year 2018.

    Employment for Architecture in USA (2018)

    Top Ranking Architecture Colleges in USA

    Aspirants must take care of the university rankings in order to get the best outcomes during & after the completion of the course. Following are the top QS ranking Architecture Universities in the USA:

    University QS Architecture Ranking 2020 Architecture Programs Offered
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 1 1 Bachelors; 8 Masters; 3 Doctorates; 
    Harvard University 5 2 Bachelors; 2 Masters; 2 Doctorate
    University of California, Berkeley 6 1 Bachelors; 3 Masters; 1 Doctorate
    Columbia University 13 1 Bachelors; 3 Masters; 1 Doctorate
    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 15 5 Bachelors; 7 Masters; 1 Doctorate

    Specialization and Degrees at Architecture Colleges in USA

    Architecture courses in the USA offer various specializations depending upon the type of the course. There are separate specializations for bachelors and masters.

    Here are the specializations offered in the architecture universities in USA:

    Specialization Top Universities
    Architectural technology Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Harvard University; Columbia University
    Architectural engineering Harvard University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Architectural design Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Harvard University, Columbia University
    Architectural History Harvard University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Interior Architecture Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Harvard University
    Landscape Architecture Harvard University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Urban Planning Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Harvard University, Columbia University
    Architectural Engineering University of California Los Angeles; University of Cambridge; Harvard University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Urban design University of California Los Angeles; Harvard University,

    Bachelors from Architecture Colleges in USA

    BArch, BA, and BS are some of the degrees available in architecture universities in USA. Some popular programs along with their duration and annual fees are listed below:

    Program University Duration Annual Fees (in USD)
    B.A (Landscape Architecture) University of California, Berkeley 4 Year $42,900
    B.A Arch. Columbia University 4 Year $58,920
    B.SC Arch. MIT, Cambridge 4 Year $51,520
    B.A Arch. Princeton University 4 Year $46,563
    B.A Arch Yale University 4 Year $55,500

    Admission Eligibility for Bachelors from Architecture Colleges in USA

    Students who want to apply for a bachelor's degree from the USA must ensure to have these basic qualifications. Eligibility criteria may vary depending upon the university you are applying:

    • A strong academic record.
    • Letter of recommendation.
    • SAT Score: Average 400 for overall test
    • ACT Score: Average score between 25 - 36

    Admission Requirements for Bachelors from Architecture Colleges in USA

    • Academic records, 10th & 12th grade qualifying certificate.
    • Proof of proficiency in English (e.g. TOEFL/IELTS). Minimum score for TOEFL is 46 to 59 and IELTS is 6.5 or more.
    • A Statement of purpose.

    Cost of Pursuing Bachelors from Architecture Colleges in USA

    In the USA, the average tuition fees for undergraduate architecture programs range between 42,000 USD to 59,000 USD per annum. It may vary depending on the type of university (public or private). However, scholarships for international students in the USA are plenty to support funding for their education.

    Other Regular Expenses

    Following are the other regular expenditures in daily life. The average expense range is mentioned along with the estimated percentage contribution of each item in a month:

    Item  Percentage of Contribution Approximate Expense Range (Monthly)
    Rent of Apartment 35.6% 1,000 USD to 2,000 USD
    Meals 22.58% 30 USD to 40 USD ( one meal)
    Transportation 7.45% 100 USD to 300 USD
    Personal Expenses 15.99% 300 USD to 600 USD
    Health Insurance 18.33 450 USD to 700 USD

    Masters at Architecture Colleges in USA

    Students who completed their undergraduate degree under any specialization of architecture can apply for masters in architecture in USA can check out the below-mentioned master programs offered by the mentioned universities of USA, along with the fee structure & duration:

    Course University Duration Annual Fees (in USD)
    Master of Architecture Harvard University 2 Years (Full time) $51,620
    M.SC Architecture MIT Cambridge 2 Years (Full time) $51,520
    M. Arch. University of California, Berkeley 2 Years (Full time) $11,442
    M. Arch. Columbia University 3 Years (Full time) $58,980
    Master of Architecture Princeton University 2 Years ( Full time) $54,070

    Eligibility for Masters in Architecture in USA Admission

    • All the applicants shall be accepted on the basis of regulations set by the specific universities/graduate schools.
    • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture of any field related to designing.
    • English Proficiency test: IELTS, TOFEL, PTE
    • Average GPA of 3.5 and above
    • Standard scores of GRE accepted are between 310 to 315. GMAT: 650 to 690 is good, score of 700 or higher is great.
    • CV/Resume
    • 2 to 3 Letter of Recommendation.

    Admission Requirements for Masters in Architecture in USA

    • Transcripts: In a sealed envelope, stamped and signed by the respective HOD/Principal.
    • Mark sheets: Mark sheets of previously attended institutions, attested by the HOD/Principal.
    • CV: An updated CV must be submitted and according to the correct format. It must include the level of research undertaken and/or work experience.
    • Statement of Purpose: SOP must be drafted well in time, should be submitted along with the application. It must include details of the applicants, his/her goals and expectations from the course.
    • Letters of Recommendation: At least 2 to 3 LORs must be submitted. They can be submitted online or offline depending upon the mode of application submission.
    • Financial Statement: Bank statement not more than 3 months old, showing sufficient funds for at least one year of study must be submitted.
    • Health Insurance: This is required if an applicant is applying for admissions in US universities.
    • Identity Proof: Passport for visa process.

    Doctorate from Architecture Colleges in USA

    The PhD in Architecture is a research degree offering the opportunity for independent research under the supervision of a departmental member of staff. Applicants who meet the course requirements and whose research interests match those of an available member of the academic staff are accepted for the program.

    Here are the top universities offering a PhD Degree in Architecture in the USA:

    University Duration Fees
    Harvard University 5 Years $24,004
    University of California: Berkeley 4Years $32,374
    Columbia University 5 Years $47,600
    University of California: Los Angeles 4 Years $31, 949

    Eligibility for PhD from Architecture Colleges in USA Admission

    • Applicants must have appropriate academic credentials (a master’s degree or equivalent in architecture, engineering, environmental design, or, exceptionally, in a related field).
    • GRE score
    • Official Transcripts issued by a previous school or college.

    Admission Requirements for PhD from Architecture Colleges in USA

    • 2-3 Letters of Recommendation from teachers or professors.
    • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
    • Proof of funds availability for 1 year of the tuition fee.
    • A scan of your diploma (high school or Bachelor's degree)
    • A transcript/record of your previous courses, a scan of your passport.
    • CV, Testing scores, Evidence of scholarship or funding.

    Scholarships Available in Architecture Colleges in USA 

    Studying abroad can seem a little difficult because of the finances required. However, there are various scholarships provided in the USA for international students to help them.

    The scholarships available for Indian students in USA who wish to pursue a course from architecture colleges in USA are:

    Tata Scholarship for Cornell University

    The Tata Education and Development Trust established a 25 million USD endowment with Cornell University to fund meritorious Indian students pursuing undergraduate studies. It supports around 20 scholars each year by offering the Tata-Cornell Scholarship.

    • Application: Applications open around October & November. Awards are offered by December.
    • Eligibility Criteria:
      • Must be an Indian resident.
      • Must have completed secondary school in India
      • Must have been accepted in one of the Cornell University’s UG Program.
      • Should be eligible for a need-based scholarship.

    Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships

    The largest privately funded international scholarship program, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships sponsors several types of scholarships for UG and PG students. The three types of scholarships are as follows:

    Academic Year Ambassadorial Scholarship Awards of 25,000 USD
    Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarship Awards of 12,000 USD
    Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship Awards of 12,000 to 19,000 USD


    • Citizen of a country in which rotary clubs are present.
    • Completed two years of college-level course-work or its equivalent.
    • Initial application must be made through rotary clubs.

    Other Scholarships available to undergraduate applicants are:

    Scholarship Award Offered  Number of Scholars 
    SelfScore International Student Scholarship 5000 USD 6
    Chevron Scholarship 2000 USD 2
    Westerns Union Foundations Global Scholarship Program 2500 USD 100
    Global Students Scholarship  1000 USD 1
    Asian women in Business 25000 USD Not fixed
    Ivy Parker Memorial Scholarship  2000 USD Not fixed
    RD Sethna Loan Scholarship 130 USD Not fixed

    Scholarships for Postgraduate Indian Students in the US

    As per its operation in more than 155 countries, the Fulbright Scholarships Program supports cultural and academic exchange among foreign participants and the US. The list of awards for Indian nationals are as follows:

    • Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships
    • Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
    • Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program
    • Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship
    • Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program
    • Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers
    • Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program

    Eligibility for the Scholarship:

    • Indian Resident
    • Outstanding academic or professional history
    • English language proficiency
    • Availability at USIEF office, Delhi for interview.
    • Applicants for Fulbright are not allowed to apply for the green card.

    Scopes of Architecture in USA: Jobs & Salaries

    An architect has very wide options for career growth in the private sector and as well in the government sector. After completing this course, you can join government organizations like:

    Public Works Department Nation Building Organization National Institute of Urban Affairs Hindustan Prefab Limited
    Archaeological Department Hindustan Aeronautics Limited  Public Service Commission  Urban Development Cooperation
    Ministry of Defense  City Development Corporation Department of Railways Housing Boards

    Other jobs in the USA are available in Public Sector Banks, Civil Service, State Public work departments, Municipalities, Defense and others. Most of the students get hired in private organizations such as:

    Arcop Associates  HBA International Skets Studio Sleek International 
    Greenply Industries Hafele India C.P Kukreja Associates  L&T
    DLF Jindals IMAXE Somaya & Kalappa Consultants.

    Mostly, architecture graduates mainly opt for Architect jobs, where job roles include the responsibilities such as design of construction, coordinating with construction processions, town planning, finalizing projects, construction of residential as well as a commercial building, etc.

    Apart from this, he or she can work as Civil Engineer, Land Developer and Structural Engineer also.

    Here’s the list of top job scopes available in the USA and their salary structures:

    Job Roles  Avg. Annual Salary (in USD)
    Architectural Engineer $47,635 to $130, 167
    Architectural Historian $43,105 to $86, 828
    Art Director $52,160 to $165,033
    Interior Designer $43,500 to $122,000
    Landscape Architect $40,710 to $114,354

    Now that you know about Architecture in the USA and what the career & job scopes are, now you can constructively make up your mind for studying Architecture in the USA based upon the information provided above.


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    It is one of the top-ranking universities to study business and finance and as I was applying for masters of France, I applied to MIT along with 4-5 other universities (just to be safe). Getting accepted in such a college was not easy, I worked very hard to get in! The selection process is extremely competitive. I applied to the university through the online application portal, the application fee paid by me was $250.

    Fees :

    The charges for the 12-month program is different from the 18-month program, as I was pursuing the 18 -months program my annual fee for the program was around $1,12,000. For books and supplies, I had to pay around $3,000 and the computer charges were $2000. It is very expensive! Although the university offers several financial aids like Jim and Sara Anderson Fellowship, Linda Archer Cornfield Fellowship, and many more, not all students can manage to secure one.

    10.0 /10

    I was an engineering graduate and founded a startup company with a couple of my friends before pursuing an MBA. However, that company collapsed after 2 years due to chaos and mismanagement in the operation department. So I decided to do an MBA in business operation. I searched online for a good college and then only I came to know about this college and its popularity. I applied through the university's website and paid a $75 application fee. I was also interviewed by video conference. After one month they mailed me that I was selected.

    Fees :

    I have paid nearly $42,700 for this year. Next year's total charge is the same. Total fees include fees for books and supplies, housing, computer and travel. I have to admit that MBA fees in my college are lower than most of the other private MBA programs. Merit-based financial aid, fellowships funded by our university are often endowed to international students. Not only that Scholarships from private organizations are other options for us.

    Top Colleges

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    Massachusetts, usa
    • M.Arch0/Yr

      Course Duration : 1 year

      GRE 292 | TOEFL 90
    • M.Arch0/Yr

      Course Duration : 1 year

      GRE 292 | TOEFL 90
    New Jersey, usa
    • M.Arch0/Yr

      Course Duration : 2 years

      GRE 298 | TOEFL 100
    California, usa
    Connecticut, usa
    New York, usa
    • M.Arch0/Yr

      Course Duration : 3 years

      GRE 311 | TOEFL 100
    • B.A Architecture0/Yr

      Course Duration : 4 years

      ACT 31 | TOEFL 100
    Pennsylvania, usa
    California, usa
    Georgia, usa
    Texas, usa
    Wisconsin, usa
    California, usa
    • M.Arch0/Yr

      Course Duration : 2 years

      GRE 317 | TOEFL 100
    • B.Arch0/Yr

      Course Duration : 4 years

      GMAT 7 | TOEFL 100
    Rhode Island, usa
    Ohio, usa
    • M.L.A0/Yr

      Course Duration : 3 years

    • M.Arch0/Yr

      Course Duration : 3 years

    Michigan, usa