Graduates and Institutions

December 2014 

The interactive graphics on this page visualize NCES data on graduates across the U.S. in 2012-13, comparing architecture to eight related majors and to all majors institution-wide, everywhere architecture-related programs are offered. You can filter and search the data on this page by a range of characteristics of institutions, programs, and graduates.

For a closer look at the demographics of these graduates, see Ethnicity and Gender of Graduates. You can also explore a map and list of programs that describe institution-level characteristics of schools offering NAAB-accredited, NAAB-candidate, and non-professional programs in architecture, and in other architecture-related fields.

Architecture Is Larger Than Related Majors at All Levels Except Associate’s and Certificates

Let’s start with a look at the institutions where these graduates completed their degrees. In this first chart, each rectangle represents a major and level at an individual institution, sized according to the number of graduates with that major and level in 2012-13.

Hover over any rectangle to see the number of graduates at each institution. You can filter the results by graduates’ ethnicity, gender, or level of study; and by institutional funding type, Carnegie Classification, or state. You can also type or select an institution’s name to see just the graduates from that institution. The results are tailored to your search; for example, if you use the filters to select ‘Male’ and ‘International,’ when you hover over a program’s rectangle, the count will include only male international graduates.

Not every school has graduates from every major and level, so if you don’t see the chart, adjust your filters to include more schools, or refresh this page.

Architecture Graduates Comprised on Average Less Than 1% of Graduates Institution-Wide

How large are architecture and related programs within their institutions? This chart shows that in 2012-13, architecture graduates accounted for just under 1% of graduates across all majors in schools that offer these majors. Although small, this is greater than the sum of the other eight architecture-related fields considered here, combined.

Hover over the bars to see the number of graduates in each major and level at public, private not-for-profit, and private for-profit institutions.

Compared With All Majors, Architecture Degrees Were More Often at the Graduate Level

What level of degree are these graduates earning? The next chart shows that in 2012-13, architecture had a higher proportion of degrees at the graduate level relative to all majors institution-wide (both architecture-related and others) at these schools. Among architecture-related fields, only real estate and planning had a higher proportion of degrees at the graduate level.

Hover over a bar to see the numbers. Note that throughout this page, the master’s degree level includes the D.Arch professional doctorate (and in other majors, other professional doctorates such as the MD in medicine and JD in law), as well as post-baccalaureate certificates.

Architecture Grads More Likely Than Most Related Majors to Hail From Private Schools

Are architecture and related majors mostly taught at public or private institutions? Over 60% of architecture graduates completed their degrees at public institutions in 2012-13. That said, architecture graduates are more likely to have finished their degrees at private institutions as compared with graduates in landscape, environmental design, planning, architectural technologies, and interiors.

Most Architecture Graduates Attended Large and Very High Research Institutions

What kind of schools did most architecture graduates come from in 2012-13? This next chart counts graduates at individual institutions, organized by Carnegie Classification and the overall institution size using Carnegie’s Size and Setting category.

Select any combination of majors and levels to see where these graduates completed their degrees. The chart on the left will reflect your selections, while the chart on the right always shows all architecture-related majors at all levels, for comparison.

Where Did Graduates in Architecture and Related Fields Study?

Finally, where in the United States did these 2012-13 graduates complete their degrees? As you can see on the below map, in many areas of the country architecture programs are offered by public institutions only.

By toggling through the filters or sliding the scales, you can look for institutions by a range of institution-level criteria. You can also zoom in on the map to focus on a specific region.

This dataset also includes information on the ethnicity (including international students) and gender of graduates; to see this demographic information visualized, visit Ethnicity and Gender of Graduates. To learn more about the underlying dataset or to download this and similar data, please visit the National Center for Education Statistics.

Return to the NCES Data on U.S. Programs in Architecture and Related Fields page or to Data Resources.


Kendall Nicholson
Director of Research + Information