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  • Address
    Department of Architecture
    404 Jones Hall
    Memphis, TN 38152
    United States
  • Architecture Degrees

    Pre-professional Architecture Degrees (Undergraduate)

    B.F.A. Architecture


    B.F.A. Interior Architecture,

    Other Related Disciplines (Undergraduate)

    B.F.A. Interior Architecture

    Professional Architecture Degrees (Graduate)

    Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)
    M.Arch./M. Urban Planning

    Post-professional or non-professional Architecture (Graduate)

    M. Architecture

    Other Related Disciplines (Graduate)

    M. City and Regional Planning
  • Tuition

    Undergrad Tuition – In State

    $6,500 - $11,500

    Undergrad Tuition – Out of State

    $16,500 - $21,500

    Graduate Tuition – In State

    $11,500 - $16,500

    Graduate Tuition – Out of State

    $21,500 - $26,500
  • Full-Time Students

University of Memphis

Department of Architecture

The Department of Architecture consists of the Architecture Program and the Interior Architecture Program. Three degree programs are provided within the Department: the professional Master of Architecture degree, the pre-professional Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture degree, and the professional Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture degree. The mission of the Department is to prepare graduates to enter the professional practice of architecture and interior design and to serve the Memphis and Mid-South region through research, engaged scholarship, interdisciplinary collaboration, and creative expression that contributes to sustainable, healthy, stable communities and enhances the quality of life for all citizens.


The University of Memphis is a learner-centered metropolitan research university providing high quality educational experiences while pursuing new knowledge through research, creative expression, and interdisciplinary and engaged scholarship. Founded in 1912, the University of Memphis is situated in a beautiful park-like setting centrally located in the city of Memphis and is approximately fifteen minutes from Downtown.. The University has an enrollment of approximately 23,000 students.

School Philosophy

The Department offers a rigorous, high-quality educational experience through a low student to faculty ratio of 15:1, opportunities to become involved in wide-ranging community-based practice and research in a variety of areas, and a student-driven studio culture of cooperation and collaboration. The Department provides research opportunities for faculty and students with emphasis on hands-on multidisciplinary projects through which students gain valuable professional experience while providing services to the citizens of the region. With a focus on 'City Building' and sustainability, all graduate and undergraduate design studios have at least one project per semester with a community partner. The Department is also a founding partner with the Department of City + Regional Planning in the University of Memphis Design Collaborative.


At the University of Memphis, the study of architecture and interior architecture encompasses both the art and science of design. The focus is on the education of the individual student through a well-rounded approach in a sequence of foundation courses, design studios, and professional/technical courses. The program of study for each degree program is structured to engage students in the processes and professional standards of design and technology necessary for shaping the built environment. Students are placed at the center of discovery-based studies, and required to assume responsible participation in the study of architecture and interior architecture. We believe students are our most important asset. This is reflected in the close working relationship between faculty and students in the design studios and professional/technical courses. In the design studio, students quickly find the value in peer critiques and comments. Whether in a formal setting or an informal late night conversation, beginning students and more advanced students learn from each other and build upon their experiences to enhance their success in the studio. Our "Culture of Engagement" offers students the opportunity to work with community partners and faculty and students in other academic programs on real, hands-on projects to enhance the quality of life for residents within the region and beyond. Every graduate design studio and undergraduate design studio has at least one project per semester with a community partner. The Master of Architecture is a two-year, 60 credit hour professional degree fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Students may take electives in Architecture, City and Regional Planning, Real Estate Development, and a variety of other program areas. All design studios are taught by registered architects who bring years of professional practice into the studios. The average faculty to student ratio in the graduate studios is 1:8. The BFA in Architecture is a 128 credit hour pre-professional degree. Together the four-year BFA and the two-year M.Arch. make up the professional "4+2" sequence. Virtually every design studio has two faculty members assigned to it bringing the average faculty student ratio to 1 to 8. The BFA in Interior Architecture is a 120 credit hour degree fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Most courses are shared with the BFA in Architecture degree program including foundation courses and design studios. The Department also offers a special Architecture/Interior Architecture dual major which may be completed within four years. Finally, the Department enjoys a strong relationship with the Memphis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. This close, interactive relationship provides students with mentoring, internship, and other opportunities for academic and career enhancements.

of Focus

1. Building Technologies
2. Community Design
3. Cross-Cultural Contexts | Human Experiences
4. Industry Collaborations
5. Urbanism
6. Design/Build
7. Interior Design
8. Sustainability & High-Performance Built Environments

Co-Op / Work Placement
Cross-disciplinary experience
Teaching / Research assistantships
Summer Program
Study Abroad
Individual Computer Provided
Large-format Printer
Laser Cutter
3D Printing

Transfer Policies

We are a lot of different things to different people, and we are certain you will find your place here. You can choose from over 50 majors and 95 concentrations of study in our 11 colleges and schools. We offer the support you need to prepare for your career, which is why we have been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Top 10 colleges and universities for Student Internships. And our students are involved in more than 200 student organizations, including philanthropic organizations, fraternities and sororities, academic groups, and student government.

Plus, our campus is exactly the right size. We offer excellent academic programs, amenities, and research opportunities because we are a large research institution. All the same, our diverse student population has unique interests both academically and personally, and no one feels held back or stuck in line. You should also know you are not alone! Over 1000+ transfer students enroll each semester, and we can’t wait for you to join us, too.

For more, go to: (https://www.memphis.edu/admissions/transfer/index.php)

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