Art & Design Department

The foundation of the architecture program is to develop architects with character, integrity and hearts for service who are grounded in technical capability and empowered to explore unlimited passion and creativity through the process of design.

Architecture is a rewarding profession, providing opportunities to profoundly impact our communities by designing inspiring spaces through creativity, critical thinking and collaboration, all while exercising stewardship of God’s creation. 

Architecture Coming Fall 2022

Our accelerated Master of Architecture, M.Arch. program is expected to launch in Fall 2022. The 168-hour program will result in a master’s degree accomplished in five years. The first year of the program curriculum will be paired with our existing CIDA accredited Interior Architecture and Design program. For those who desire a non-licensinsure path, a four-year plan will also be available. Students will work through the program in cohorts. Upon becoming fully accredited graduates will be eligible to become licensed architects.

Taught from a Christian perspective and with an emphasis on a liberal arts foundation, the curriculum will support and encourage interactive learning with dedicated space for lectures, seminars, labs, shops and equipment. Additionally, there are plans for an international program component to the degree, exposing students to a diverse set of architectural examples around the world.

An accredited professional degree in architecture is required for licensure as an architect in the U.S. Harding has already begun working toward accreditation by the National Architecture Accrediting Board and the Higher Learning Commission with a strong commitment from the University. New architecture programs may only pursue accreditation after they begin because evidence of student progress and achievement is required to demonstrate that the program meets NAAB requirements for accreditation.

National Architecture Accrediting Board 

In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year term with conditions, or a two-year term of continuing accreditation, or a three-year term of initial accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture programs may require a non-accredited undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the non-accredited degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Harding is currently pursuing accreditation through NAAB for the Master of Architecture degree.


The Harding University Architecture Program announces the David B. Burks Architecture Scholarship and plans to award this scholarship each year to one incoming freshman or transfer student pursuing a Master of Architecture. The scholarship is in the amount of $2,500 per semester ($5,000 per year). Selection of scholarship recipients is based on financial need considered together with a competitive review of the submitted portfolios and academic records of all applicants.

For more information, contact Mike Steelman, AIA, at