The Mississippi State University School of Architecture offers a design education that enables our graduates to be change agents in the world, creating meaningful spaces and forms that serve communities. As the only accredited program in the state, we approach thinking and making as an essential skill that provides our students with the ability to be effective from the first day they begin their careers.
A Purposeful Education
Thinking and making establish the cornerstone of our education as hands-on, project-based learning in studios operates as the core of our curriculum. Our education is conceived as four general areas of study:
- History and Theory
- Professional Practice
Taking Care of What Matters
The mission of the Mississippi State University School of Architecture is to educate future design leaders prepared to engage the social, environmental, and cultural conditions of Mississippi, the region, and beyond.
The Mississippi State University School of Architecture will teach students to think critically and creatively, enabling them to mature as principled and responsible design leaders through a program that instills the poetics of design and incorporates innovative responses to social, cultural, and environmental issues, challenges codified knowledge, and embraces community engagement, diversity of cultures, and interdisciplinary collaborations.
- Teach Critical and Creative Thinking
- Foster Creativity and Research
- Develop Community Engagement
- Advance Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
- Advance Sustainable and Resilient Practices
The Acceptance Process
Acceptance to the School of Architecture is highly competitive and consists of a two-step process for all students:
- Apply to Mississippi State University and indicate a major in architecture
- Apply to the School of Architecture
The School of Architecture offers a minor in architectural studies. The minor consists of 18 credit hours of courses with an ARC prefix.
The College of Architecture, Art and Design at Mississippi State University is a recognized leader in all of our disciplines. The faculty and students are being recognized for their achievements in all of the areas in which the college is engaged.
Scholarships & Awards
In its commitment to recognize outstanding students whose academic credentials confirm their potential for success, Mississippi State University offers scholarships to students with outstanding ACT scores and to National Merit and National Achievement semifinalists and finalists. For more information on MSU scholarships please contact the Office of Admissions and Scholarships.
Each year, the Mississippi State University School of Architecture also recognizes student achievement through scholarships and annual awards. These monetary awards are made possible by friends and alumni of the school, building and industry suppliers, the American Architectural Foundation, and the American Institute of Architects and are awarded on the basis of financial need, academic standing, and design excellence. Click on the button below to learn more and how to apply.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition at Mississippi State University provides an excellent return on your investment, combining competitive costs with the best academics, research, student life, and career preparation. Merit scholarships are provided to architecture students for five years, as this is the expected length of study.
The Bachelor of Architecture undergraduate degree program has some additional fees for materials, field trips, and other items that enhance an architecture student’s education. The Mississippi State University School of Architecture strives to be able to offer comparatively low lab fees thanks to support from alumni and friends.
Required Tools and Materials
Students also need to budget money for textbooks, studio supplies, studio materials, and a computer.
Many students prefer to purchase textbooks to build their architectural library. MSU’s Bulldog Bundle program rents textbooks to provide better access for all students.
Supportive environment for personal growth and professional development
The Mississippi State University School of Architecture provides a supportive environment for personal growth and professional development. Studio learning is a unique experience; our students have their own designated studio space in Giles Hall and have 24/7 access to that space.
Life After Graduation
Our alumni are working across the nation and world in a wide variety of careers. A few career possibilities with a Bachelor of Architecture degree:
Bachelor of Architecture
architect • architectural historian • architectural lawyer • architectural products and services • architectural renderer • bridge designer • building forensics • cartographer • computer animation (CGI) • computer graphics • construction manager • corporate architect • developer • educator • facilities architect • government architect • graphic design • historic preservation • industrial designer • interior architect • product (and furniture) design • public interest design • set designer • university architect • urban/city planner • registered architect • sales/marketing CAD software • web design