2017 Top Architecture Schools

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Masters architecture

Six schools offering master's degrees in architecture were well-reviewed enough to the make the cut. All schools on this list are regionally accredited institutions with high recommend rates for programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc. (NAAB). The schools offering graduate programs in architecture achieved an average student score of 80.36 across categories including quality of education, student diversity, and earning potential, among others. The number one ranked program is offered at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor's Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning. One alum said "the University of Michigan graduate architecture program is one of the most competitive and respectable in the country" and praised the school for its "diverse body of faculty" and "the balance of technology, theory, and practical design."

Students looking for an accelerated program might consider applying for Advanced Standing at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Arizona State University also offers multiple options for students interested in their Master's in Architecture (MArch) degree: a two-year degree for those who already have an accredited undergraduate degree in architecture and a three-plus-year program for those transitioning from other disciplines.

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All schools on this list have at least one degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
Rank College Campus Location 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Campus Location Ann Arbor (MI) 2017 Student Score 87.04
#2 #2 Florida International University Campus Location Miami (FL) 2017 Student Score 85.80
#3 #3 Arizona State University Campus Location Tempe (and 4 others) 2017 Student Score 81.20
#4 #4 Rhode Island School of Design Campus Location Providence (RI) 2017 Student Score 79.00
#5 #5 University of Pennsylvania Campus Location Philadelphia (PA) 2017 Student Score 77.35
#6 #6 University of Kansas Campus Location Lawrence (KS) 2017 Student Score 71.76


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 2017 Top Programs List, at least ten students from that particular major 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 your institution of choice for more details.

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