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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

Ph.D. Program

Admission Procedures

The application deadline for all applicants to the APDesign Environmental & Design Ph.D. program is January 8.

Applicants are expected to have either earned a master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree coupled with equivalent professional, research, or creative work experience.

Prospective students without a previous degree in the design or planning fields are encouraged to apply; they may be required to complete a set of courses that will provide the appropriate professional background, as determined by the core Ph.D. faculty in the student’s selected area of concentration. Courses taken to strengthen the student’s background in design and/or planning may count toward the 30 credit hours of course work required for the Ph.D., but only if approved by the student’s graduate committee.

All international students applying to the Ph.D. program must meet the same level of achievement as U.S. students.

One member of the core Ph.D. faculty must accept mentorship responsibility for any student prior to their admittance to the doctoral program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to be in contact with Ph.D. faculty members with whom they share interests, and if possible, obtain a commitment from a faculty member to support the application.

Student's Who:  1. Do not have a Master's Degree; 2. Do not hold a degree in Environmental Design or Planning Fields or; 3. Have not received commitment of support from a Ph.D. faculty member, should consider applying to the (30-hour) M.S. Architecture Program before pursuing the Ph.D. Degree.

Admission to the APDesign Ph.D. program requires the following:

  • A 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in all higher education work to-date
  • Complete the K-State Graduate School application
  • Pay the application fee (Domestic $90 & International $100)
  • Statement of intent: Statement of intent should be one to two pages and should include the prospective student's interests and objectives as well as explicitly state area of emphasis.
  • Letters of recommendation: Three letters of recommendation, with a mix of professional and academic references
  • Transcripts: Please include transcripts from any institution of higher education you have attended
  • GRE score report: Ph.D. applicants should have attained a score of 1100 or better on the combined verbal and quantitative components of the GRE
  • Portfolio: This non-returnable portfolio should include the prospective student’s work, whether design projects, research projects, samples of written work, or other examples of creative and/or research efforts.
  • TOEFL/IELTS report (international students): Prospective international students are required to complete the TOEFL examination, with an essay score of at least 600 (paper-based) or an internet-based test score of 100. An IELTS score of at least 7.0 is also acceptable
  • Financial statement (international students)