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Ph.D. in Architecture


The PhD in Architecture provides students with the tools, resources, and access to faculty expertise essential to creating, developing, and disseminating new knowledge relevant to architecture and related areas of focus. Working closely with faculty whose research expertise includes a broad array of disciplines, students who pursue the PhD in Architecture at Texas A&M University identify and address gaps in existing bodies of scholarly and professional knowledge pertaining to architecture as an academic discipline, as a professional practice, and as a form of cultural production.


Program Overview

Departmental members of the Texas A&M University Graduate Faculty work individually and collaboratively to guide doctoral research in architecture, sharing their respective professional and scholarly fields' disciplinary expertise to establish a climate in which scholarship and creativity can flourish. In its long and distinguished history, the PhD program in Architecture at Texas A&M University has produced graduates whose contributions to academia and the architecture profession are numerous and wide‐ranging.

Curricular requirements of the PhD in Architecture program comprise a core of required coursework and elective courses taught within the Department of Architecture, supplemented with courses from other departments in the College of Architecture, and from other departments and colleges across the university. The PhD in Architecture prepares graduates for careers in academe, industry, government, non‐governmental organizations, and independent and institutionally supported research.

The PhD in Architecture program prepares graduates to:

History and Focus of the Program

Established in the late 1960s and taking its current form in 1985, the doctoral program in architecture at Texas A&M University has expanded beyond its original focus on technical research. Current dissertation topics include (but are not limited to):

Prospective students whose research interests lie outside these areas should include in the application materials a detailed research proposal, names of faculty who might serve on the dissertation committee, and potential sources of outside funding to support the project.



The Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture degree plan requires a minimum of 64 credit hours beyond the Master's degree. Required courses provide entering students a solid foundation in historical knowledge and theoretical discourse, with sufficient flexibility in the elective coursework to support the initiation and pursuit of individual research agendas.

Required Courses for All Students Pursuing the PhD in Architecture:

Additional Elective Courses Specific to Chosen Area of Research:


Course Listing

The graduate catalog connects to an extensive listing of graduate courses with ARCH designations addressing a wide range of topics in the built environment.


Program Requirements

Application Deadline: December 31 / December 15 for early consideration


Additional Program Details

The PhD program in Architecture at Texas A&M University admits 10 to 13 students per year from a pool of 70 to 100 applicants from the United States and 28 countries across the globe. The program typically sees 40 students in residence, with three to five conducting research and completing the dissertation while not in residence. On average, the program graduates five PhDs per academic year. The expected time for completing the Ph.D. in Architecture is five years, though some students may require a longer period to complete the required and elective coursework, conduct research, analyze data, and write the dissertation.


Student Work

The following link provides examples of student work that illustrate the research and studies undertaken in graduate programs offered by the Department of Architecture.

The following links provide examples of Masters of Science theses and PhD Dissertations.

Representative Ph.D. in Architecture Dissertation Abstracts


Student Numbers

The program typically has 50 students in residence each year with an additional five-to-ten students who are not in residence. Although student course work is usually taken in residence at Texas A & M University, some course work may be taken at another university when approved. Students have come from all over the United States, as well as countries such as Algeria, Australia, China, Colombia, Egypt, Japan, Jordan, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Israel, Korea, Mexico, Chile, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Nepal, Turkey, South Africa and Uruguay. Approximately 60% of the Doctor of Philosophy program participants are international students. This is an average of a little over five degrees granted per year. Time of matriculation is typically 5 years. There is a broad spectrum of research topics reflecting the varied student-faculty interests in the field of architecture.

Representative Ph.D. in Architecture Dissertation Abstracts




International Students

International students with degrees from institutions outside the United States should submit all applications to the Office of Admissions and Records by December 15 for fall admission in the following year.

International students must also submit one of the following: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal score of 146 minimum, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores of 80 minimum, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of 6.0 minimum, or Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic of 53 minimum.

University Policy on English Proficiency for Graduate Students

language requirements

Additional Requirements

With the application, all students must submit their Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. The recommended minimum combined score of 300 must include a minimum of 146 Verbal for international students. Use code 6003 for reporting GRE scores (Department code not needed).

Financial Resources for Successful Applicants

Though a number of teaching and research assistantships, as well as competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships may be available for Ph.D. students, no guarantee of funding can be provided. All students entering the Ph.D. program should plan to be fully self-supporting through third-party sponsors, outside fellowships, outside scholarships, personal funds and/or student loans. Non-U.S. students must provide verification of financial status.

Spring and Summer Admission

Successful applicants will only be admitted in the fall semester. The Ph.D. in Architecture does not offer spring or summer admission.


Application for Graduate Admission


Inquiries regarding the Ph.D. in Architecture English language certification, application requirements and admission details related to the Ph.D. in Architecture program should be directed to:

     Ginger White
     Graduate Academic Advisor
     Department of Architecture 
     College of Architecture
     Texas A & M University 
     College Station, Texas 77843-3137
     Phone: 979.458.3042

Inquiries regarding coursework, graduate faculty, and research focus for the Ph.D. in Architecture should be directed to:

     Stephen Caffey, Ph.D.
     Associate Department Head for M.S. and Ph.D. Programs
     Instructional Associate Professor
     College of Architecture
     Texas A & M University
     College Station, TX 77843-3137
     Phone: 979.845.5134