Which Boston Schools Have Architecture Programs?

Find schools in the Boston, MA region offering architecture degree programs and courses. Learn about program requirements and specializations, as well as more specific school information. Schools offering AutoCAD Drafting & Design Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Students in the Boston, MA area have several options when choosing an architecture school. Here you can read about different schools in the region and the bachelor's and/or master's degree programs they offer.

What You Need to Know

You'll find bachelor's and master's degree programs in architecture offered at 4-year, private institutions in the Boston area. Work experiences and study-abroad opportunities are available in some programs. At the master's level, you may have the option to pursue a degree through distance learning if you already have a bachelor's degree or previous experience in architecture. Continue reading for more details on schools in or near Boston where you can study architecture.

Bachelor's Degree Programs in Architecture

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

To earn a pre-professional degree, you can focus on architecture design within your major, though 4 other specializations are available. While this bachelor's degree program is not in itself accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), it prepares students to pursue further studies in architecture, including a professional degree. MIT also offers a Bachelor of Science in Architecture Studies, designed to be interdisciplinary.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Architecture
  • Specialization Areas: Architecture design; art, culture and technology; building technology; computation; history, theory and criticism of architecture and art
  • Program Length: 4 years, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $46,704 per year (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or its equivalent
  • Requirements: Teacher evaluations, standardized test scores (including 2 SAT subject tests), interview, biographical form, midyear report
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; about 4,512 undergraduate and 6,807 graduate students

Northeastern University

Though the academic program for the B.S. in Architecture lasts for 4 years, it takes 5 years to complete this degree program. All students participate in a rotating schedule in which they take breaks from classes to complete periods of work experience in their field of study. Students who graduate from the B.S. program in good standing have the option to enroll in the school's NAAB-accredited, 1-year professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) degree program. As an alternative to the architecture degree program, it's possible to complete a half major in urban landscape with multiple tracks of specialization, as well as a minor in urban landscape studies or architectural history. The department also offers a B.S. in Landscape Architecture.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Architecture
  • Program Length: 5 years, full-time (including work experience)
  • Tuition and Fees: $45,530 per year (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or its equivalent
  • Requirements: Guidance counselor and teacher recommendations; SAT or ACT with writing scores, proof of English proficiency
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; about 13,510 undergraduate and 6,288 graduate students

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Approximately 850 students are enrolled in Wentworth's pre-professional architecture degree program. You'll have the opportunity to choose a concentration at the end of your second year of study. Some of the many elective courses you can take include bridge design, modernism, vernacular architecture and architecture in Boston. During the fourth year of this program, you can apply for admission to Wentworth's NAAB-accredited, professional Master of Architecture program.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Architecture
  • Specialization Areas: Form and culture, tectonic studies, built environment
  • Program Length: 4 years, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $32,500 per year (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or its equivalent, completion of Algebra 2 and a minimum of one lab science course
  • Requirements: SAT or ACT scores, list of extracurricular activities
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; about 4,329 undergraduate and 229 graduate students

Master's Degree Programs in Architecture

Boston Architectural College

This NAAB-accredited professional degree program offers 2 tracks for completion. The onsite option is available to students who have a bachelor's degree in any discipline. A distance-learning program is available for students who already hold an undergraduate degree in architecture or a similar area and who have work experience in the field. With a strong application, you may be able to waive some of the course requirements and complete either program ahead of schedule.

  • Program Name: Master of Architecture
  • Program Length: 11 semesters, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $22,530 for graduate students plus $952 fees per year (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree
  • Requirements: Creative exercises, resume, portfolio (recommended)
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; about 470 undergraduate and 406 graduate students

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

With a pre-professional or professional undergraduate degree in architecture, you could be admitted to complete this master's degree program in just 5 semesters, rather than 7. About 30 spots are available in the M.Arch. programs each year, making admission competitive. While enrolled, you may have the option to complete studio work either in Boston or internationally in a country such as Japan, Brazil, Iceland or China. The school also offers 3 master's degrees, designed primarily for post-professional students, and a Ph.D. in Architecture.

  • Program Name: Master of Architecture
  • Program Length: 2.5-3.5 years, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $46,400 for graduate students plus $2,872 fees per year (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree with high academic achievement, 2 semesters each of college-level math and natural science, 6 semesters of college study of humanities and/or social science
  • Requirements: Creative portfolio, GRE scores, statement of objectives, 3 letters of recommendation, IELTS score of at least 7 or TOEFL score of at least 600 (for non-native English speakers, interview (optional)
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; about 4,512 undergraduate and 6,807 graduate students

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Students who earn a B.S. in Architecture from Wentworth can complete this M.Arch. program in 1 year, while those with a NAAB-accredited undergraduate architecture degree from another school generally take 2 years. While enrolled, you'll take seminars, studios and thesis preparation courses. The graduate program also features an experiential learning course, through which students travel to a domestic or international location as a basis for their design projects.

  • Program Name: Master of Architecture
  • Program Length: 1-2 years, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $35,100 for graduate students plus $1,740 fees per year (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Pre-professional bachelor's degree in architecture; 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA
  • Requirements: Portfolio; statement of objectives; references; GRE scores (required for 2-year candidates)
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; about 4,329 undergraduate and 229 graduate students

In summary, you can earn a bachelor's and/or a master's level degree in architecture in Boston at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Boston Architectural College.

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