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Bachelor of Architecture Degree (BArch): 227.0 quarter credits

About the Program

The practice of architecture requires a unique skill set—creative thinking and aesthetic sensitivity balanced with technical knowledge, cultural understanding, and social responsibility. Critical thinking and communication skills are needed. Drexel’s Bachelor of Architecture program encompasses foundation courses in the applied and social sciences, the humanities, and a wide range of professional architecture courses to prepare students for careers in architecture and related fields. At the heart of the curriculum are the design studios where students are challenged to apply their knowledge acquired from the above disciplines to consequential design problems.

Drexel’s work/study program is an experiential-based learning model that complements and provides an alternative to traditional full-time academic architecture programs. The Drexel model provides a practical, high-quality education to those students who seek early exposure to daily architectural practice as well as an affordable alternative to students who could not otherwise be able to enter the profession.

At Drexel there are two paths to an accredited Bachelor of Architecture degree, serving two distinct populations: the 2+4 option and the part-time evening option.

The Architecture Program's advising guidelines include scheduling guidelines, studio advancement requirements, and general studio policies.


In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit US 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.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Drexel University, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Department of Architecture + Interiors offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program(s):

2+4 Option:                                                6 year program (2 years full-time, 4 years part-time)

Bachelor of Architecture

227.0 undergraduate quarter-term credits

Part-Time Evening Option:                      7 year part-time program

Bachelor of Architecture

227.0 undergraduate quarter-term credits

Next accreditation visit for both tracks:  2018

About the 2+4 Option

The 2+4 option is an accelerated route designed for a small class of well-prepared students entering directly from high school. In this program two years of full-time coursework address the

basic principles of architectural design and satisfy fundamental University core requirements in the arts and sciences as well as those job-related skills that are needed for entry-level professional positions. A comprehensive review of performance will take place after each year to ensure that students are making sufficient progress in all areas. After successfully completing the minimum requirements of the full-time phase, students find full-time employment in the building industry, including architecture firms, while continuing their academic program part-time in the evening for four additional years. By combining work and study, Drexel students may be able to simultaneously satisfy their required internship for licensure (IDP) while completing their professional degree, thus qualifying for the registration exam on graduation in most jurisdictions.

About the Part-time Evening Program

The part-time evening option is one of only two part-time evening architectural programs in the United States, leading to an accredited Bachelor of Architecture degree. Designed for non-traditional and transfer students, this program offers all courses part-time in the evening, enabling students to work full-time. The evening program sequence is seven years, but transfer students with university-level design credits can reduce its length by meeting specific program requirements through transcript and portfolio review.

Both tracks of the Bachelor of Architecture program are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). All Drexel architecture students may be able to receive credit in the Intern Development Program (IDP) for work experience obtained before graduation, which is part of most state licensure requirements.

Additional Information

For more information, visit the Architecture Program  website. For advising and transfer information please review the Architecture Program's curriculum page.

The Department's offices, studios and teaching facilities are located on the 4th floor f the URBN Center at 3501 Market Street. Additional teaching facilities are located on the ground floor, on the 3rd floor and on the 3rd and 4th mezzanine levels of the same building.

Note:  Architecture vs Architectural Engineering

Because Drexel University offers two programs with "architecture" in their titles, it is useful to point out the significant differences between them:

  • Architects design buildings to meet people's spatial, organizational, and aesthetic needs; they also coordinate the building design process. After earning a Bachelor of Architecture degree, graduates become registered architects by completing the required work experience and state licensing examinations.
  • Architectural engineers specialize in the design of engineering systems within buildings. Architectural engineers earn Bachelor of Science degrees and become professional engineers with the required experience and state examinations. Students whose interests are focused on the technological and engineering aspects of buildings should review Drexel's major in architectural engineering offered by the College of Engineering.

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