Academic Programs

With approximately 3,200 students, the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University is one of the largest colleges of its kind in the United States, offering a comprehensive catalog of prominently ranked graduate and undergraduate programs in the design, planning, construction, land development and visualization professions.

The college administers six undergraduate and nine graduate degree programs, each fully accredited at the highest possible level, through its four departments:

Department of Architecture

Department of Construction Science

Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning

Department of Visualization

University Studies

Offerings include four professional design and planning degrees, as well as doctorate programs in architecture and urban and regional planning. It also houses all Texas A&M University programs in the visual arts.

Together the college's 120 faculty members, 40 staff members, 450 graduate students and 2,600 undergraduate students create an energetic environment for academic and professional success.

One of the premier design research institutions in the world, the Texas A&M College of Architecture strives to remain at the forefront of research, teaching, professional education and outreach associated with built and virtual environments.

The college is distinctive in that it offers a truly interdisciplinary curriculum, recognizing that no single professional track or narrow specialization can adequately prepare tomorrow's building and planning professionals. Because the college houses all of the built environment disciplines, it is uniquely suited for interdisciplinary collaboration.

An organizing principle of the college is the influence of research on teaching. Its rich and diverse research portfolio includes projects conducted in and across its departments through its multiple research centers and in collaboration with other colleges and centers in the university.

Research centers & graduate certificates

The college also sustains five formally organized research centers dedicated to improving the knowledge base of the professions it serves.

Center for Health Systems & Design

Center for Heritage Conservation

Center for Housing and Urban Development

CRS Center for Leadership and Management in the Design and Construction Industry

Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center

The centers support six graduate certificate programs - Health Systems and Design, Historic Preservation, Sustainable Urbanism, Facility Management, Environmental Hazard Management and Transportation Planning.

Transforming the Human Environment

Though quite diverse, the disciplines within the college have one predominant commonality - the transformation of the human environment.Because the creativity and sensitivity with which each discipline is practiced has a profound influence on the quality of life in society, the college challenges students to weave aesthetics, safety, function, financial feasibility, sustainability and environmental stewardship into the creative process.

The College of Architecture is part of a university community that is widely known for its leadership in teaching, research and outreach and for instilling in its students the core values of excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service.

Texas A&M University is a comprehensive, research-intensive, land-, sea- and space-grant institution with approximately 3,000 faculty members and more than 48,000 students enrolled in 10 academic colleges.

Producing leaders of character

At the College of Architecture, faculty work to ensure that students are well prepared by course work that includes fundamentals as well as the more innovative concepts spawned by research and scholarly debate.

The college also belongs to and serves the professional communities of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, land development, construction science, and visualization sciences. It is dedicated to generating significant knowledge and insight and producing a long line of qualified aspirants for the jobs of tomorrow - leaders of character dedicated to serving the greater good.

The college is committed to sustaining disciplinary integrity among its departments, fostering established and new teaching, professional and research programs, and encouraging continued collaboration within the college, across the university, and with government and industry. Its faculty and staff share a united vision of significantly influencing the state of the art in the design, planning, and construction of built and virtual environments in a multi-disciplinary environment rich in resources.

Study abroad

Through the college, students have an opportunity to study in venues worldwide, gathering life-changing experiences that will make them better citizens of the world. Each undergraduate student is required to spend one semester away from campus during their junior year of studies, either through the college's or another university's study abroad program, a semester at a National Student Exchange university, a service-oriented program or a professional internship at a firm engaged in a business represented by the departments in the college.

Camp Arch

The college also extends a hand to high school students through its Camp ARCH summer program, an exclusive weeklong interdisciplinary experience designed to acquaint students with the study of and potential careers in professions taught at the college.

Camp ARCH includes design/building activities, digital photography, video editing and presentations by faculty in the College of Architecture. Additional activities include workshops in basic design and materials, individual and group projects, a review and critique of projects, and information about attending Texas A&M University and the College of Architecture.


All undergraduate and graduate students in the college are urged to apply for one of the college's many scholarship and fellowship offerings. The scholarships, eligibility criteria and application procedures are posted online.