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School of Architecture and Interior Design

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Four-Year Pre-Professional Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS-Arch) degree is composed of seven academic semesters and three cooperative (co-op) semesters within four years of undergraduate education.  Students are educated in design, construction technologies, digital arts, the humanities, social sciences, and aesthetic expression. Architecture is the culturally responsible design and production of buildings that are useful, durable, meaningful, inspiring, and responsive to their physical and social contexts. Architecture is an art, a technical craft and an ethical practice. Students reinforce their skills in the field through several co-op semesters that offer students the opportunity to work full-time in an architecture firm either locally, nationally or internationally.

The pre-professional BS Arch degree creates the foundation in the field of architecture as preparation for continued education in a NAAB accredited degree program. Students are also prepared for entry level employment in architecture and in fields related to architecture, such as construction management, interior design, environmental design, theater set design, real estate development,digital fabrication and animation. 

Degree: BSARCH

Full-time program duration: 4.0 Years

Location: West Campus

Contact Information:

College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
School of Architecture and Interior Design
DAAP Student Affairs
College of DAAP
P.O. Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016

Admission Requirements

The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati seeks to attract, enroll and graduate academically talented students of varied and diverse backgrounds. Success in our programs is largely dependent upon sound academic preparation. However, in multidisciplinary programs like those in DAAP, students’ insight and perspective are greatly enhanced by exposure to students from different backgrounds, geographies and co-curricular interests. DAAP has designed an admissions review process and a timetable to support these goals.

Freshman Priority Deadline: December 1 by 5 p.m. EST

Admission criteria for architecture varies based on the relative strength of test scores, class rank and GPA. Portfolios are not a component of the admission application. All applicants meeting the above criteria and the priority deadline will be notified of admission decisions by February 1. Please do not call prior to this date regarding a decision on your application.

Freshman applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements  page for more information.

Applications received after December 1: Applicants who submit a complete application may be reviewed for admission on a space-available basis with notification after February 1. The academic credentials of the pool of applicants seeking admission to architecture vary each year. Architecture is a highly selective program and has a limited number of spaces available.

Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following college-preparatory subjects:

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of college prep math, including one unit of pre-calculus, calculus, or advanced math
  • 1 unit of physics
  • 2 additional units of science
  • 5 units of electives*

*Elective units must include one or any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education or additional core courses not otherwise required.

If a student lacks the math and physics requirements from high school, then the student should complete an appropriate college level course.  High School Requirement: 4 units of college prep, including 1 unit of pre-calculus, calculus, or advanced math (trigonometry), and 1 unit of physics; OR College Requirement: MATH1022, 1024, 1026, 1044, 1060, or 1061; PHYS1011, 1017, 1018, 1037, 1051, or 2001 OR equivalent course.


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The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The architecture program of the University of Cincinnati has been accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) continuously since 1948, and its courses satisfy requirements maintained by various state architectural registration boards.

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The NAAB, which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the bachelor of architecture, the master of architecture, and the doctor of architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Master's degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. Students with an undergraduate degree in disciplines other than architecture may also seek an accredited master's degree. The pre-professional undergraduate degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree. 

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