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Ph.D. in Architecture

The Ph.D. in Architecture at Texas A&M University provides students with the tools and resources necessary to advance the field academically, professionally, culturally, and commercially. In this program, you’ll create, develop, and disseminate new knowledge relevant to architecture and related areas of focus.

You will work individually and collaboratively with graduate faculty members as they guide your doctoral research. They will share their professional and scholarly expertise as you generate new knowledge.

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About the Program

The doctoral program in architecture was established in the late 1960s with a focus on technical research. Today, our students identify and improve existing bodies of scholarly and professional knowledge across a broad range of topics.

In this program, you’ll learn to:

Areas of Emphasis

  • Healthcare Design
  • Design Computation
  • Building Information Modeling
  • History and Theory
  • Heritage Conservation
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Lighting
  • Sustainability
  • Digital Fabrication
  • Building Construction and Processes
  • Advanced Visual Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction (with Visualization Department Co-Chair)
  • Construction Management (with Construction Science Department Co-Chair)

Careers

The Ph.D. in Architecture prepares graduates for careers in academia, industry, government, non-governmental organizations, and independent and institutionally supported research. 


Curriculum

The Ph.D. in Architecture requires a minimum of 64 credit hours beyond the master’s degree. Our required courses provide students a solid foundation in historical knowledge and theoretical discourse. Our elective coursework is flexible so you can tailor your studies to your interests.

Required Courses

Elective Courses Specific to Your Area of Research

The graduate catalog connects to an extensive listing of graduate courses with ARCH designations addressing a wide range of topics in the built environment.


FAQ about the Ph.D. program

Do you offer the program online?

Yes, although most of our students complete the program in residence.

How long will this program take to complete?

The expected time for completing the Ph.D. in Architecture is five years, though some students may require a longer period to complete the required and elective coursework, conduct research, analyze data, and write the dissertation.

Who will be part of my advisory committee?

This committee is composed of a chair and at least two additional graduate faculty members. The chair and one of the members must be architecture faculty. The third member must be from outside the architecture faculty. Committee chairs assist in finding graduate faculty members to join the committee.

What are the steps I will take to earn my Ph.D.?

Once enrolled in our doctoral program, you will:

  • Complete 64 hours of coursework, including courses that support your area of research
  • Complete your preliminary examination, both written and oral
  • Defend your dissertation proposal
  • Advance to being a Ph.D. candidate (ABD)
  • Research, write and complete your dissertation
  • Defend your dissertation

How to Apply

Admission to our Ph.D. in Architecture program is offered to students with a master’s degree in architecture or a related field.

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FAQ about the admission process

How many students are admitted each year?

We admit 10 to 13 students per year from a pool of 70 to 100 applicants.

How does the admission process work?

Submit your application at Texas A&M GradCas along with a non-refundable application fee. The fee may be waived only in exceptional cases for low-income applicants and McNair Scholars.

Your application should include the following:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended
  • 3 letters of recommendation (academic references preferred)
  • Statement of intent essay
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

Learn more about the Ph.D. in Architecture application requirements.

What kinds of financial aid does the program offer?

Though a number of teaching and research assistantships, as well as competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships may be available for Ph.D. students, no guarantee of funding can be provided. All students entering the Ph.D. program should plan to be fully self-supporting through third-party sponsors, outside fellowships, outside scholarships, personal funds and/or student loans. Non-U.S. students must provide verification of financial status.

Who can I go to for questions?

All inquiries regarding coursework, graduate faculty, and research focus for the Ph.D. in Architecture should be directed to  Stephen Caffey, Associate Department Head for M.S. and Ph.D. Programs, at stephencaffey@tamu.edu.

All inquiries regarding application or admission to the Master of Architecture program should be directed to Ginger White, graduate academic advisor, at march@arch.tamu.edu.


Centered on research

At Texas A&M, you’ll have access to active research communities housed in centers and institutes across the university. These research hubs unite students and faculty, introducing the next generation of researchers to researchers around the world.