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2021 Best Value General Architecture Master's Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

9 Colleges
$31,656 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$50,172 Avg Salary

Finding the Best General Architecture Master's Degree School for You

General Architecture is the #93 most popular major in the country with 1,951 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Grad Degree Search has created its Best Value General Architecture Master's Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This report analyzed 9 schools in the Great Lakes Region to see which ones offered the best value master's degree programs for architecture students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

In our regional and nationwide rankings, out-of-state tution and fees are used in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value General Architecture Master’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region

The following schools top our list of the Best Value General Architecture Master's Degree Colleges.

Best Great Lakes Region Schools for Affordable Quality for a Master's in Architecture

Our 2021 rankings named University of Cincinnati - Main Campus the best value school in the Great Lakes Region for general architecture students working on their master’s degree. Located in the city of Cincinnati, UC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at UC are $26,210 per year. While working on their Master's Degree, architecture majors at UC accumulate an average of around $71,878 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $695, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Kent State University at Kent. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Value General Architecture Master’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the suburb of Kent, Kent State is a public college with a very large student population.

Kent State graduate students pay an average of $21,952 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that architecture majors at Kent State take out while working on their Master's Degree is $28,046. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $338, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

The excellent master’s degree programs at University of Notre Dame helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best value general architecture schools in the Great Lakes Region . Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame graduate students pay an average of $55,380 in tuition and fees each year. Architecture majors at Notre Dame take out an average of $111,734 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree.

Notre Dame also took the #1 spot in our Best General Architecture Master’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region rankings.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Illinois Institute of Technology. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value General Architecture Master’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Illinois Tech is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

Illinois Tech graduate students pay an average of $30,937 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Master's Degree, architecture majors at Illinois Tech accumulate an average of around $112,257 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $1,364.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee is a great value for general architecture students working on their master’s degree. UWM is a very large public school located in the large city of Milwaukee.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at UWM are $25,282 a year. While working on their Master's Degree, architecture majors at UWM accumulate an average of around $49,569 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $478.

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University of Illinois at Chicago landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree general architecture programs. Located in the large city of Chicago, UIC is a public college with a very large student population.

UIC graduate students pay an average of $27,140 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that architecture majors at UIC take out while working on their Master's Degree is $67,380. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $853, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for general architecture students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the small city of Carbondale, SIUC is a public school with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at SIUC are $32,728 per year. Architecture majors at SIUC take out an average of $28,486 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $320.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for general architecture students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. Ohio State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Columbus.

Ohio State graduate students pay an average of $36,009 in tuition and fees each year. On average, architecture graduates from Ohio State take out $38,053 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree.

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University of Detroit Mercy did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for general architecture students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the large city of Detroit, Detroit Mercy is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Detroit Mercy are $29,268 per year. Architecture majors at Detroit Mercy take out an average of $31,533 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $389.

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Best General Architecture Colleges by State

Explore the best general architecture schools for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 34
Illinois 111
Ohio 94
Indiana 20
Wisconsin 9

General Architecture is one of 8 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Architectural Sciences & Technology 2,827
Urban & Regional Planning 1,852
Landscape Architecture 432
Real Estate Development 358
Interior Architecture 169

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 9 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Danichou.

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