Online Doctoral Degrees in Architecture

An online doctoral degree in architecture may provide students with enhanced training and skills in architectural theory and management. In this graduate-level program, students may learn how to conduct original research, work closely with others, and create innovative designs. Program coursework may include courses catering toward a specific area of focus integrated with major-specific courses, such as design theories and methods, visual studies, and environmental design.

Graduates may seek entry to upper-level employment opportunities. Students who obtain a doctoral degree in architecture may gain employment in engineering, government, education, and architecture.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree at minimum
  • Program Length: Three to five years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment
  • Projected Employment Growth: 24% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum within a doctoral program in architecture may be research-centric, include courses for a specific area of concentration, and include a dissertation requirement. Within these programs, students may broaden their communication and intellectual skills by studying architectural technology, research methods, and building science. Core architectural classes may include the following:

  • Visual Studies
  • Architectural History
  • Energy and Environmental Management
  • Urban Places
  • Design Theories and Methods
  • Environmental Design
  • Building Energy Analysis

Career Options

Graduates of online doctoral programs in architecture may find employment options in architectural, educational, or engineering fields. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in architecture are expected to increase by 24% from 2010-2020*.

Possible careers include:

  • Architecture Consultant
  • University Professor
  • Architectural Researcher
  • Architectural Manager
  • Construction Manager

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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