Shape Your World
With a degree in architecture, you help shape the physical world we inhabit, and you ensure that our built environment is sustainable and well-designed. In our undergraduate program, you learn what’s necessary for success in your field — from the creative process fundamental to any architectural design, to the history and theory that fortify design thinking, to the technical concerns that allow buildings to be built.
As a graduate with a B.S. in architecture, you have a range of employment opportunities within the building industry and beyond. However, we encourage you to complete your architectural education by getting your professional degree, which allows you to become a licensed architect. Students take this next step by simply continuing on in our nationally accredited Master of Architecture program, which provides the training and credentials needed for licensure.
- Four-year degree program.
- Students can complete the first two years of undergraduate coursework at our Boise center before transferring to our Moscow campus, or they can complete their entire degree in Moscow.
- Prepares you for a variety of industry-related opportunities that do not require licensure.
- Seamless entry into the graduate-level M. Arch. program makes it possible to complete the professional degree required for licensure in 5 ½-6 years through our seamless degree path.
Year One: Architecture Foundations and General University Requirements
During your first year, you will work to satisfy University of Idaho’s core educational requirements and complete preparatory courses for intensive architecture study.
Transfer students: Courses you have already taken may qualify you for advanced placement.
Year Two: Apply to the Pre-Professional Architecture Program
Upon completion of your first-year requirements, you will apply to the pre-professional B.S. Arch program. Transcripts, completion of first year requirements and grade point average (minimum 2.5 GPA required) are evaluated. Approximately 60 of the most qualified students (including some transfer students) are selected for admission to the pre-professional program.
Second Year Application
Year Three: Apply to the Professional Architecture Program
After completing second-year requirements, you are eligible to apply to the professional architecture program. A portfolio, transcript and GPA (minimum 2.5 GPA required) are evaluated. Approximately 45 of the most capable applicants are accepted.
Third Year Application
Year Four: Apply to Graduate Program
B.S. Arch. Degree Holders
During the fourth year of our program, B.S. Arch students may apply to our graduate program. To be successful, students who hope to continue must have maintained a 3.0 GPA in the B.S. Arch. program, completed the undergraduate studio sequence, and be competitive with applicants from other schools. Some current students may find that they need to apply for admission to graduate school after their fall term fourth-year studio, which is possible, but requires special permission from the graduate program coordinator.
Continuing Students from the University of Idaho are not required to submit portfolios or letters of reference with their Graduate Application, but must complete a separate application to the Seamless M Arch Program.
B. I. D. Degree Holders
During the fourth year of our program, B.I.D. students may apply to our graduate program. To be successful, students who hope to continue must have maintained a 3.0 GPA in the B.I.D. program, completed the undergraduate studio sequence, and be competitive with applicants from other schools.