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Master of Architecture (5-year)

The NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture program is based firmly upon the complementary foundations of general and architectural education. We emphasize mastery of the knowledge, skills and understandings essential to the artful creation of buildings, spaces and places. The faculty seeks to assure that our students receive extensive exposure to social, political, economic and technological perspectives that will aid them in functioning as effective leaders in a rapidly changing global context.

In emphasizing the architect’s role as a designer of environments that responsibly address individual and societal needs, the professional Master of Architecture curriculum includes a sequence of design studios providing holistic examination of environmental design issues. Courses in history, theory, human behavior, construction, structural and environmental systems, planning, programming, and professional practice compliment students’ work in the carefully orchestrated series of design studios.

Master of Architecture (2/3-year)

The NAAB accredited Post-Baccalaureate Master of Architecture program is an accelerated, three-year pathway to architect status, designed for those with a Bachelor’s degree in any field. This accredited, professional program is well-respected, and our graduates are highly desired by employers across the nation and internationally. The Post-Baccalaureate program requires a minimum of three years of study, including a required summer studio. 

A unique program option is the Kansas City Design Center, which offers a year-long interdisciplinary design studio that tackles real-world issues in a growing, thriving metropolitan area.

*Advanced Standing Option for Pre-Professional Degree Holders:
If you have or will graduate from a 4 year pre-professional architecture degree program offered by a NAAB-Accredited school, you may be eligible for advanced standing. Advanced standing students generally are able to waive the first and second semesters of the Post-Baccalaureate Program. Extremely qualified students may be placed further along in the program.

Master of Science in Arch. (2-year)

The Master of Science in Architecture program at Kansas State University is a post-professional program of study requiring a minimum of 30 semester credit hours for completion of the degree. The program usually requires two years in residence, and is designed to enable students to pursue specialized study in specific Architectural topics. It is not a NAAB accredited degree.

Specializations are available in Design TheoryEcological and Sustainable Design, and Environment Behavior and Place Studies. These areas of specialized study in the Master of Science in Architecture program accommodate graduates of five or six year programs in architecture, interior architecture, or landscape architecture, and of certain four year baccalaureate degrees. Applicants are considered upon the merits of their academic backgrounds and proposed programs of study. Minimum entrance requirements established by the Kansas State University Graduate School include a bachelor's degree from an accredited university and a grade point average of B (3.0) or better in the last two years of undergraduate study (or a "first class" degree).

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High School & Transfer Students

Our department offers an accredited 5-year Master's degree in Architecture (M. ARCH), crafted for high
school graduates and transfer students entering with no academic training in design. The M. ARCH is a
five-year program with one year of environmental studies followed by four years of ARCH coursework,
including a summer course. Accredited by NAAB, and incorporate coursework in architecture design.

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Environmental Design 

First Semester (16)

ENVD 201 Environ. Design Studio I (4)

ENVD 203 Survey of Design Professions (1)

ENVD 250 History of Designed Environ. I (3)

MATH 100 College Algebra (3)

COMM 105 Public Speaking 1A (2)

                General Elective (3)

Second Semester (15)

ENVD 202 Environ. Design Studio II (4)

ENVD 251 History of Designed Environ. II (3)

PHYS 115 Descriptive Physics (5)

ENGL 100 Expository Writing I (3)

 

Architecture Program

Third Semester (17)

ARCH 302 Architectural Design Studio I (5)

ARCH 248 Fund. of Arch. Technology (3)

ARCH 350 History of Designed Env. III (3)

ENGL 200 Expository Writing II (3)

                General Studies Elective (3)


Fourth Semester (16)

ARCH 304 Architectural Design Studio II (5)

ARCH 274 Digital Architecture I (1)

ARCH 325 Environmental Design & Society (3)

ARCH 347 (Structural Systems in Arch. I (4)

ARCH 433 (Bldg. Const. Systems in Arch I (3)

Fifth Semester (17)

ARCH 403 Architectural Design Studio III (5)

ARCH 373 Digital Architecture II (1)

ARCH 413 Environ. Systems in Arch. I (4)

ARCH 448 Structural Systems in Arch. II (4)

                General Studies Elective (3)


Sixth Semester (18)

ARCH 404 Architectural Design Studio IV (5)

ARCH 374 Digital Architecture III (1)

ARCH 434 Bldg. Const. Systems in Arch. II (3)

ARCH 514 Environ.l Systems in Arch. II (3)

LAR 500 Site Planning and Design (3)

                General Studies Elective (3)

Supplemental Study (6)

                General Studies Elective (6)

 

Seventh Semester (18)

ARCH 605 Architectural Design Studio V (5)

                Planning Elective (3)

                General Studies Elective (3)

                Unrestricted Elective (1)

                Professional Support Elective (3)

 



Eighth Semester (14)

Option 1

ARCH 606 Architectural Design Studio VI (5)
                (on campus, KCDC, or study abroad)

                Professional Support Electives (9)

Option 2

ARCH 505 Arch. Internship Part A (9)

ARCH 506 Arch. Internship Part B (3)

ARCH 507 Arch. Internship Part C - Summer (2)

Ninth Semester (17)

ARCH 806 Architectural Design Studio VII (5)

ARCH 805 Project Programming (3)

ARCH 853 Pro Prac: Prof. Responsibility (1)

ARCH 854 Pro Prac: Office Practice (1)

ARCH 855 Pro Prac: Disc - Specific Topics (1)

ARCH 750 Writing Intensive Arch Seminar (3)

                General Studies Elective (3)

Tenth Semester (17)

ARCH 807 Architectural Design Studio VIII (5)

ARCH 808 Architectural Design Comm. (3)

                Architectural Seminar (3)

                Professional Support Elective (3)

                General Studies Elective (3)




  170 Credit Hours

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College Graduates

Our department offers an accredited 3-year Master's degree in Architecture (M. ARCH), developed for
students entering with a previously completed bachelor's degree in a program. Applicants with previous
degrees in design will be viewed on a case-by-base basis. Years needed to complete the M. ARCH may
be reduced from the three-year-plan. Accredited by NAAB, and incorporate coursework in architectural
design.

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First Semester (16)

ARCH 401 Accel. Arch. Design Studio I (5)

ARCH 248 Fundamentals of Arch. Tech. (3)

ARCH 350 History of the Designed Env. III (3)

                Professional Support Elective (3)

                Professional Support Elective (2)

Second  Semester (16)

ARCH 402 Accel. Arch. Design Studio II (5)

ARCH 274 Digital Architecture I (1)

ARCH 325 Environment Design & Society (3)

ARCH 347 Structural Systems in Arch. I (4)

ARCH 433 Bldg. Const. Systems in Arch. I (3)

Third Semester (17)

ARCH 403 Architectural Design Studio III (5)

ARCH 373 Digital Architecture II (1)

ARCH 413 Environ. Systems in Arch. I (4)

ARCH 448 Structural Systems in Arch. II (4)

                Professional Support Elective (3)

 

Fourth Semester (15)

ARCH 404 Architectural Design Studio IV (5)

ARCH 374 Digital Architecture III (1)

ARCH 434 Bldg. Const. Systems in Arch. II (3)

ARCH 514 Environ. Systems in Arch. II (3)

LAR 500 Site Planning and Design (3)

Summer Study (8)

ARCH 605 Architectural Design Studio V (5)

                Professional Support Elective (3)

 

Fifth Semester (17)

ARCH 806 Architectural Design Studio VI (5)

ARCH 805 Project Programming (3)

ARCH 750 Writing Intensive Arch. Seminar (3)

ARCH 853 Prof. Prac.: Prof. Responsibility (1)

ARCH 854 Prof. Prac.: Office Practices (1)

ARCH 855 Prof Prac.: Disc.-Specific Topic (1)

                Professional Support Elective (3)

 


Sixth Semester (14)

ARCH 807 Architectural Design Studio VIII (5)

ARCH 808 Architectural Design Comm. (3)

                Professional Support Elective (3)

                Architecture Seminar (3)

 

 

 

 

 

 103 Credit Hours

 

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College Graduates

The Master of Science in Architecture program at Kansas State University is a post-professional
program of study requiring a minimum of 30 semester credit hours for completion of the degree.
The program usually requires two years in residence, and is designed to enable students to pursue
specialized study in specific Architectural topics. It is not a NAAB accredited degree.

Specializations are available in Design TheoryEcological and Sustainable Design, and Environment
Behavior and Place Studies
. These areas of specialized study in the Master of Science in Architecture
program accommodate graduates of five or six year programs in architecture, interior architecture, or
landscape architecture, and of certain four year baccalaureate degrees. Applicants are considered
upon the merits of their academic backgrounds and proposed programs of study. Minimum entrance
requirements established by the Kansas State University Graduate School include a bachelor's degree
from an accredited university and a grade point average of B (3.0) or better in the last two years of
undergraduate study (or a "first class" degree).

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Design Theory Emphasis

Non-Thesis Option (30)

ARCH 715 Topics in Architecture Seminar (3)

ARCH 725 Arch. Research Methods (3)

ARCH 830 Advances Arch. Studies (5-8)

                Electives (16-19)



Thesis Option (30)

ARCH 715 Topics in Architecture Seminar (3)

ARCH 725 Arch. Research Methods (3)

ARCH 899 Thesis (8)

                Departmental Electives (9)

                Other Electives (7)

Ecological & Sustainable Design Emphasis

Non-Thesis Option (30)

ARCH 716 Topics in Env. Syst. in Arch. (3)

ARCH 725 Arch. Research Methods (3)

ARCH 830 Advances Arch. Studies (5-8)

                Electives (16-19)

 

Thesis Option (30)

ARCH 716 Topics in Env. Syst. in Arch. (3)

ARCH 725 Arch. Research Methods (3)

ARCH 899 Thesis (8)

                Electives (16)

Env. Behavior & Place Studies Emphasis

Non-Thesis Option (30)

ARCH 704 Topics in Env. and Behavior (3)

ARCH 720 Environment and Behavior (3)

ARCH 725 Arch. Research Methods (3)

ARCH 830 Advances Arch. Studies (5-8)

                Electives (13-16)



Thesis Option (30)

ARCH 704 Topics in Env. and Behavior (3)

ARCH 720 Environment and Behavior (3)

ARCH 725 Arch. Research Methods (3)

ARCH 899 Thesis (8)

                Electives (13)

  30 Credit Hours

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