Undergraduate Frequently Asked Questions

The undergraduate program in architecture is a four-year, pre-professional program leading to the bachelor of science degree. This program provides a foundation in the field architecture and prepares the student for continued education in a professional degree program.

Yes. The professional degree in architecture at Georgia Tech is a graduate, two-year program that awards the Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) degree. An undergraduate student who is planning to seek the professional degree, will follow the 4/2 program plan (four years of undergraduate work and two years of graduate work).

Admission to the graduate program in Architecture at Georgia Tech is competitive and based upon merit as evidenced in the applicant's previous academic performance, G.R.E. and/or T.O.E.F.L. scores, portfolio, and other supporting documentation. Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to Georgia Tech's graduate program in architecture; however, they are not guaranteed admission. Those who show good academic progress during their undergraduate studies are generally well-prepared and meet with success in gaining admission to a graduate program of study.

The four-year undergraduate program in architecture is comprised of 131 semester hours of course work, comprised of general Georgia Tech requirements, Architecture Program core courses and electives, and free electives.

A portfolio is not a requirement for admission to the undergraduate program in architecture at Georgia Tech. All students, including transfer students, must complete a three-course sequence (COA 1060-Introduction to Design and the Built Environment, COA 1011- Fundamentals of Design and the Built Environment I, and COA 1012 - Fundamentals of Design and the Built Environment II) referred to as the 'common first year.' During the spring semester of the first year, students enrolled in COA 1012 will prepare a portfolio and an application to one of the three majors in the College of Architecture (Architecture, Industrial Design, or Building Construction).

Cooperative programs typically require the student to alternate one semester of work with one semester of academic studies. Architecture students are required to complete design studios in sequenced order. If the studio sequence is interrupted, the student will have to wait an additional semester to resume studio work. It is for this reason that undergraduate architecture students are unable to participate in a cooperative program.

The same set of standards is applied to all undergraduate applicants for admission to Georgia Tech, regardless of major. Since the applicant pool changes each year, so do the standards. Admission decisions are based on a combination of factors, including, academic GPA, test scores (SAT I or ACT), leadership record, and personal statement.

A complete course transfer evaluation will be done when you have been accepted to Tech. The Institute will determine whether you have completed courses that transfer credit for design studio work or other architecture-related course work, you should provide course descriptions, syllabi, and a portfolio for review by the Associate Director of the Architecture Program.

Licensure requirements include a professional degree, a period of practical training (internship), and successful completion of all of the sections of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). Each state determines the specific requirements with regard to initial training, examination, and professional practice. In Georgia, for example, a candidate for licensure is required to have a professional degree from a NAAB-accredited program and three (3) years of acceptable IDP (Intern Development Program) training to be qualified to sit for the Architect Registration Examination. For more information, read "Becoming an Architect" by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.