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The mission of the College of Architecture and the Built Environment at Thomas Jefferson University is to educate the next generation of design and construction professionals to create an equitable and sustainable future.

Our curriculum emphasizes specialized knowledge unique to each discipline, paired with interdisciplinary collaboration that prepare students for leadership and practice in the global market.

We Improve Lives: Designing & Building a Better World

We are located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a vibrant city that serves as our urban lab, furnishing students with professional experiences in a metropolitan area.

Our college partners with major corporations, local communities and nonprofit organizations, supplying a broad range of real-world projects and networking opportunities.

Our dynamic approach to education and emphasis on our core values of social equity, sustainability and design excellence equip our graduates with a competitive edge, poised to become innovative leaders in sustainable practice.



Master of Architecture

A first-professional, STEM-designated program designed to prepare students for the new challenges of architectural practice in the 21st century. Through the development of sustainable design, technology and design skills, knowledge of project management and collaborative experiences in an interdisciplinary environment, students are prepared to be leading practitioners in this complex world. The program is NAAB accredited and prepares students to become licensed architects in the U.S. Its convenient location in Philadelphia also provides opportunities for internships and projects with industry partners.

Master of Science in Architecture

A research-based degree allowing students the opportunity to develop their own research plan, taking advantage of our wide range of expert faculty, programs and concentrations. It prepares students for specialist and consulting positions in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. The STEM-designated MS provides its graduates with an additional credential that enables them to pursue research and entrepreneurial practices, careers in academia or expand the knowledge of the profession.

Master of Science in 
Sustainable Design

Master of Urban Design - 
Future Cities


CABE Teaching Assistantship & Research Assistantship

CABE awards these to deserving new applicants who apply for the positions.

Both assistantships require students to work in the College in a designated area for 10 hours or more a week in exchange for an annual stipend.

Applicants will go through a review process with the College faculty. These positions are renewable. For spring semester applicants, the deadline to apply is Oct. 1, 2020.

MKSSS’s Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture for Women (Pune, India)

SMEF’s BRICK School of Architecture (Pune, India)

Bharati Vidyapeeth’s College of Architecture, (Navi Mumbai, India)

CEPT University
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University, (Ahmedabad, India)

MAHE Dubai
Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Dubai Campus (Dubai, UAE)

Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art (Tel Aviv, Israel)


The College of Architecture and the Built Environment is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – halfway between New York City and Washington, D.C. Our campus is located in the East Falls neighborhood, only 10 minutes from all that Center City Philadelphia has to offer, yet it boasts 100 acres of scenic, tree-lined space that can feel like a world away.

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The Thomas Jefferson College of Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) offers numerous scholarships to international students:

Dean’s Scholarship

All domestic and international students are automatically considered for the Dean’s Scholarship.

This is awarded to new students based on their submitted application and it is renewed annually based on the number of semester credits they enroll in.  

International Institutional Partnership Scholarship

All applicants with a bachelor’s degree from any of the partner school below are automatically considered for this scholarship. This scholarship is renewed annually based on the number of semester credits a student enrolls in.

For further information about the Thomas Jefferson College of Architecture and Built Environment scholarships, click here.

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With sustainability as the defining issue of our time to tackle climate change, this program is an award-winning, trans-disciplinary and collaborative design program. In this STEM program students build problem-solving skills to develop market-driven solutions to become leaders in sustainable design to better serve society. Students can select from a variety of focus areas such as Sustainability LeadershipDesign of Living BuildingsResilient Communities or Green Building Operations. Classes are offered on campus, online or a hybrid of both.

The unique focus of the Master of Urban Design – Future Cities (MUD) on contemporary urban issues such as urban resiliency, carbon neutral communities, wellness and smart technologies differentiates the program in the marketplace. In this STEM-designated program, the curriculum is structured in addressing contemporary issues, such as the need to develop urban resiliency and carbon neutral communities, and to harness the potential of smart technologies to achieve environmental wellness on multiple scales in response to rapid urbanization and climate change.