Art & Design

  • Architecture

    Earn both a bachelor's and master's degree in five years!

Accelerated Architecture

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. 


  • 168 credit hours
  • 5-year program resulting in a B.A. in Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture 
  • Cohort model
  • International experience (summer)
  • Internship requirement

Non-licensure path

For those who desire a non-licensure path, a four-year plan will also be available. Students will work through the program in cohorts. 

Careers in Architecture

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.

Career fields include:

  • Architecture
  • Construction management
  • Historic preservation
  • Master planning
  • Project management
  • Sustainable design
  • Urban planning

Curriculum Plan


Accelerated Pathway Explanation

Architecture Accelerated Path

  • Year one: Start as an undergraduate student in architectural studies. The first year curriculum will be paired with our existing CIDA accredited Interior Architecture and Design program.
  • Year Two: Dedicated architecture curriculum begins
  • Year three Apply for the graduate program
    Summer: Study Abroad 
  • Fourth year: Take both undergraduate and graduate classes
    Summer: Internship
  • Fifth year: Complete graduate courses and earn both a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture. Upon becoming fully accredited graduates will be eligible to become licensed architects.


The Harding Architecture program is pleased to announce the continuation of the Architecture scholarship program to support and encourage incoming freshmen and transfer students in architecture.

In addition to the existing David B. Burks Architecture Scholarship, this year we have added two new scholarships: the Architecture Advisory Board Endowed Scholarship and the SCM Endowed Scholarship. The scholarships range from $1,125 to $5,000 per year.

The Burks Scholarship awards $2,500 per semester ($5,000 per year), and is awarded for five years, provided the recipient continues to meet the requirements. The Architecture Advisory Board Endowed Scholarship and the SCM Endowed Scholarship are one-time awards made to an incoming freshman or transfer student. These three scholarships are awarded to Architecture majors separately from university-wide scholarships, grants, and other assistance administered by Harding Financial Aid. Applicants should complete only one application to be considered for all three scholarships.

Application requirements include the following:

  1. Declared Architecture major at Harding University.
  2. Completed scholarship application (see link below).
  3. Copy of high school or college transcript.
  4. Expression of intent, 500-1000 words: “Why are you applying for this scholarship?”
  5. Two letters of reference, with one from a teacher (architecture/art/design preferred).
  6. Digital portfolio of work; see requirements and tips in the application link.
  7. Submit the completed form with uploaded documents on or before April 7, 2023.

View the Scholarships Application form and information concerning eligibility, application, portfolio requirements and tips.

The application form with uploaded documents must be submitted on or before April 7 at 5 p.m. Scholarship recipients will be notified by email on the first Friday in May. If you have any questions, please email Patti Jo White (

International Experience

The Harding architecture program includes a summer abroad which will expose students to a diverse set of architectural styles around the world. Travel will take place between years three and four.


An internship is required in the summer between years four and five. The program will assist students in finding internship opportunities through connections with firms across the county.


A chapter of American Institute of Architects Students will be established at Harding University. The Harding architecture program will be a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

National Architectural Accrediting Board 

Harding is currently in the process of seeking candidacy through National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) for the Masters in Architecture degree.

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