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Undergraduate degrees in architecture generally fall into two categories - professional degrees (usually five years in length) and pre-professional degrees (usually four years in length). The Bachelor of Architecture is a professional degree that is evaluated and accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. This program contains the academic coursework required to pursue internship, and eventually, licensure.

The Bachelor of Architecture requires at least five years of study including ten semesters of design studio. This degree path features a rigorous design-oriented curriculum with a solid foundation in building science and the history and theory of architecture. The objective of this curriculum is to prepare students for the challenges and demands of professional practice in the public, private, or corporate sectors.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled in another college or school at The University of Texas at Austin who wish to pursue a major offered by the School of Architecture must submit an internal transfer application.

In order to be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Attend one internal transfer info session
  • Complete at least 24 hours in-residence (i.e. at UT Austin) by the end of a spring semester
  • Earn at least a 3.25 UT Austin GPA
  • Submit the UTSOA Internal Transfer application by the March 1st deadline
  • Write two essays (prompts included in the online application)
  • Include two recommendation letters from UT faculty
  • Meet the criteria to transfer from one division to another within the University

Emphasis is given to strong performance in university courses, especially courses relevant to the degree program to which the applicant is applying. Meeting these requirements is no guarantee for admission. View the School of Architecture internal transfer information page and FAQs to learn more.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare your major.

Required Courses

View the Architecture degree plan to learn more about the required courses for the major. For additional information, read the course descriptions for the School of Architecture.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


Architecture students are interested in solving actual and theoretical problems in art and science. They are fascinated in responding to and solving issues related to human needs, aspirations, and sensibilities.

Learn about School of Architecture student organizations.


Through approaches that emphasize solving actual and theoretical problems, students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to link understanding to experience, theory to practice, and art to science in ways that respond to human needs, aspirations, and sensibilities. Architecture students complete their degrees with the knowledge, creativity, and critical thinking skills required not only to be proficient within the professional environment, but also to transform the lives of individuals and, consequently, society as a whole.