APDesign offers accredited 5-year Master's degrees in architecture, interior architecture, industrial design, landscape architecture, and regional & community planning which are designed for high school graduates and transfer students.
APDesign also offers graduate degrees for those who already hold a bachelor's degree. We offer 2 and 3-year professional degrees, an advanced architecture research degree, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program.
The application process for these degree programs is listed below based on the type of student you are.
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The application deadline for the 5-year Master's degrees is February 1st.
The priority deadline for incoming fall 2022 U.S. freshmen to be considered for admission and scholarships is December 1, 2021.
The admission decision will be based on cumulative high school grade point average and review of high school transcript. Submitting ACT and/or SAT test scores is optional, but encouraged for students who would like to be considered for University-level scholarships.
Early Acceptance to APDesign
|If you apply before the Feb. 1 deadline and have a 3.5 GPA or above, you will be offered early admission to APDesign, following a holisitic review of your application. If you do not meet the requirements for early admission, your application will be reviewed during the month of February, and you will be notified of the admission decisions in early March. If you are curious about how competitive you are for admission, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
- Submit your application for admissions and select one of the majors in our college: Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture or Regional & Community Planning.
- Pay the application fee of $40 to K-State.
- Provide the self-reported GPA and ACT or SAT score on the application to K-State. The self-reported GPA and ACT or SAT scores provided on the application to K-State will be used for preliminary review. Please send official transcript to K-State or unofficial transcript to email@example.com for complete review of your application.
- Students should submit official or unofficial transcripts along with their application.
Your application will be reviewed by the Office of Recruitment and Admissions and referred to the College of Architecture, Planning and Design for further review. You will hear from the University and from our College separately regarding your admission to our program.
Suggested high school curriculum
High school students are encouraged to complete a college preparatory curriculum including:
- ½ unit of Trigonometry (may be incorporated in another course)
- 4 units of English
- 3 to 4 units of science, including physics
- 3 to 4 units of social studies
- 2 to 4 units of foreign language
In addition, courses that are helpful in developing creative abilities should be taken if time permits. With respect to drawing, we recommend courses in both freehand drawing and technical drawing. Students who are planning to take Pre-Calculus and/or Calculus in high school are encouraged to do so.
Admission decisions will be based on the college grade point average.
Students planning to transfer to the college are urged to contact our academic advisors in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design at firstname.lastname@example.org for advice about courses that may meet some of the college's requirements.
Architectural Studies at UMKC
Students wishing to pursue an education in architecture, interior architecture, industrial design, or landscape architecture in Kansas City can begin their studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).
This is a cooperative agreement established in 1987, between K-State and UMKC enables students to enroll in a comprehensive two-year curriculum (one year for landscape architecture) that introduces them to the fundamentals of environmental design. Eligible students complete a sequence of courses comparable to those offered by Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning, and Design. Students apply for admission to K-State and APDesign upon satisfactory completion of UMKC’s curriculum.
UMKC student course work and overall experience are enriched by alliances with the Kansas City Center for Design Education and Research, the American Institute of Architects, the Kansas City Art Institute, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Approximately 36 students are selectively admitted to the first-year class at UMKC. Most students are from Missouri and the Kansas City metropolitan area. Scholarships are available for students interested in beginning their architectural studies at UMKC, and Bright Flight Scholarships are also accepted.
Admission decisions will be based on grade point average and if available the ACT or SAT scores if available for high school applicants.
- Submit your application for admissions and select one of the majors in our college: Architecture, Interior Architecture, Industrial Design, Landscape Architecture, Regional & Community Planning.
- High School students send your official transcripts and if possible, your ACT or SAT scores.
- Transfer students send official transcripts from all institutions you have earn credit from. All transcripts and test scores should be sent to the International Admissions Office at K-State.
Primary language is not English
If English is not your primary language you must demonstrate English proficiency before you can be considered for admission to APDesign. All documentation must be received by the Office of International Admissions prior to February 1. If language proficiency is not proven and you attend K-State in the English Language Program (ELP) you must have complete ELP requirements and a full semester of university courses before applying to APDesign. For more information on English language proficiency, please contact International Admissions.
Admission decisions will be based on the cumulative K-State GPA.
- Complete the APDesign Internal Transfer Application (pdf) and turn it into 1127 Regnier Hall by February 1st.
- If you are applying for the accelerated summer studio (pdf) you must email the director of student recruitment at email@example.com to notify us of your intention to be considered for the accelerated summer bridge studio.
Students enrolled in K-State's English Language Program (ELP) must have completed ELP requirements before beginning studio in the APDesign.
Graduate degree tracks and programs for those who already hold a bachelor's degree include 2 and 3-year professional degrees, an advanced architecture research degree, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D.
- Master of Architecture Post-Baccalaureate Track
- Master of Interior Architecture Post-Baccalaureate Track
- Master of Industrial Design Post-Baccalaureate Track
- Master of Landscape Architecture Post-Baccalaureate Track
- Master of Regional and Community Planning Post-Baccalaureate Track
- Master of Science in Architecture
This MS degree program in Community Development is a 36 credit hour program which is an Online Collaborative Inter-Institutional Degree program offered in the Department of Landscape Architecture/Regional & Community Planning through the Graduate School at Kansas State in cooperation with the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance.
Contact Karina Taufi, Director of Student Recruitment for help with your academic plans!