2018 Best Schools for a Master's in Architecture

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Our list of the nine best schools for a master's in architecture is based on student and alumni reviews. MIT leads the pack with a score of 91.76 and a 100% student recommendation rate. Tuition at MIT is $49,272 annually, and students had incredible things to say about the program, such as, “MIT's graduate architecture program has its own distinctive position in the field. Its interdisciplinary approach... and communicative atmosphere... provide architecture students [the] best environment to flourish and continuously evolve."

Other less expensive universities include the University of Colorado - Denver, which costs $7,804 for in-state tuition and is lauded by students, which is exemplified by remarks such as “The graduate program is very involved with the architecture industry within Denver and is designed to feed students right into jobs in the local area." The University of Oregon is another inexpensive option, with an annual in-state tuition of $16,040. One student at Oregon commented, “University of Oregon is wonderful at connecting students with their community and network. The graduate program is challenging and I feel that I am earning a valuable degree." Click on the colleges below to find out more about these top-rated programs.

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Rank College Campus Location 2018 Student Score
#1 #1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Campus Location Cambridge (MA) 2018 Student Score 91.76
#2 #2 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Campus Location Ann Arbor (MI) 2018 Student Score 88.05
#3 #3 Harvard University Campus Location Cambridge (MA) 2018 Student Score 85.31
#4 #4 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign Campus Location Champaign (IL) 2018 Student Score 83.91
#5 #5 University of Florida Campus Location Gainesville (FL) 2018 Student Score 81.67
#6 #6 University at Buffalo Campus Location Buffalo (NY) 2018 Student Score 81.52
#7 #7 University of Colorado Denver Campus Location Denver (CO) 2018 Student Score 81.07
#8 #8 The New School Campus Location New York (NY) 2018 Student Score 81.04
#9 #9 University of Oregon Campus Location Eugene (OR) 2018 Student Score 80.15


Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2018 Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular degree program must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from their institution of choice for more details.

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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.