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2,803 Master's Degrees Annually
12 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#58 in Popularity (Master's)
$99,320 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Architectural Sciences Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many architectural sciences and technology graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 2,803
Doctor’s Degree 12
Graduate Certificate 12

What Architectural Sciences Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, architect science majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Architect Science Majors

Architect Science majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Architect Science Majors

architect science majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities for Architect Science Majors

As you progress with your architect science degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

What Can You Do With a Architectural Sciences Major?

People with a architect science degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5.5% $140,760
Architectural Drafters 8.1% $54,920
Architecture Professors 10.5% $86,980

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Architectural Sciences?

2,803 Master's Degrees Annually
48% Percent Women
17% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
According to recent stats this major attracts about equal numbers of men and women. Roughly 48% of the graduates are women, and 52% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of architect science majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Architect Science Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 143
Black or African American 69
Hispanic or Latino 222
White 903
International Students 1,344
Other Races/Ethnicities 122

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Architect Science, too. About 47.9% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • Iran

How Much Do Architectural Sciences Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that architectural sciences and technology students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree made a median starting salary of $47,600 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $47,050 (25th percentile) and $62,250 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in architect science, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Architect Science majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $56,700 to $148,970 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with architect science require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for architect science careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.1%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 0.2%
Some College Courses 0.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 7.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 45.7%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 5.0%
Master’s Degree 25.0%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 5.0%
Doctoral Degree 10.9%

Online Architectural Sciences Programs

In 2018-2019, 151 schools offered a architect science program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 25 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 33 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 76 1
Bachelor’s Degree 5 2
Post-Baccalaureate 25 0
Master’s Degree 62 4
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 6 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Architectural Sciences Worth It?

The median salary for a architect science grad is $99,320 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 149% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,188,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to architect science.

Major Number of Grads
General Architecture 1,951
Urban & Regional Planning 1,852
Landscape Architecture 432
Real Estate Development 358
Interior Architecture 169
Environmental Design 109
Architecture (Other) 82
Architectural History 36

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