The professional master's of architecture program at MIT has tied for second in the nation in the latest DesignIntelligence rankings, a jump from fifth position last year. MIT's architecture program has consistently appeared among the top 10 in this annual assessment of nationally accredited graduate programs.
In ratings of specific skills areas, MIT’s graduate architecture program ranked first in computer applications, second in sustainability, and third in construction methods and materials.
The 2017 rankings were based on a survey conducted by DesignIntelligence — an architectural research organization working on behalf of the Design Futures Council — and released by Architectural Record.
To arrive at the rankings, DesignIntelligence polled CEOs, managing partners, and human resource directors at 2,000 architecture firms to learn about their experiences in hiring architecture graduates.
When 215 architecture deans and chairs were asked by DesignIntelligence to name the graduate architecture programs that they most admired, MIT tied for the No. 2 spot with Cornell University.
Further details on survey methodology are available on the Architectural Record website. Information about the annual rankings is also published in DesignIntelligence reports, including lists of the firms and employing organizations participating in the research.
In current global assessments, MIT architecture is rated No. 1 by QS World University Rankings, with MIT as a whole retaining its No. 1 position for the fifth straight year. QS rankings are based on academic reputation, employer reputation, and research accomplishments.