School of Architecture

Graduate Degrees Offered
MArch: The master of Architecture Degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAB), the sole agency authorized to accredit professional architecture degree programs in the United States. Most state licensing registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for taking the Architectural Registrations Exam (ARE). MCD: The master of Community Development program offers specialization and academic certification in: Fundraising, Historic Preservation, Community Planning, Real Estate Development and International Community.


The Prairie View A&M University architecture program prepares its graduates for leadership roles in transforming America’s cities and improving the quality of life through sustainable solutions that enhance the built environment. Offering a diverse curriculum involving architecture, community development and construction, led by accomplished faculty in a computer and studio intensive environment, the School of Architecture educates its graduates to become active and skilled practitioners. As an educational focus, students are challenged to develop their abilities in problem solving, creative thinking and decision making. This is achieved in a student-centered environment that fosters personal development and professional excellence. The architecture program received its initial accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAB) in June 1992 and has maintained accreditation since that time. The program also maintains membership in the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA ). Prairie View A&M University’s location near Houston and several other major cities offers an opportunity for students to enrich their learning experience through access to the greater architectural community of the region and numerous employment opportunities in the field of architecture, community development and construction management.


To fulfill its responsibilities to the State of Texas and Prairie View A&M University in teaching, research and service, the mission of the architecture program is to educate and prepare graduates to assume professional employment positions in design, planning, construction and ownership. The program uses a Learning Community Model to cultivate knowledge by linking curriculum and activities in its three programs: Architecture, Construction Science and Community Development. Through this holistic approach, graduates should acquire critical thinking skills necessary for the challenges of the global community.

Contact Information

P.O. Box 519; MS 2100, Prairie View, Texas 77446 Office of the Dean (936) 261-9800