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Master of Architecture (3-year)

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Joint 3-Year M.Arch.-B.S. in Architectural Engineering Option

This program is for students who have completed all requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in architectural engineering. (See specific degree requirements in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering section of the online catalog.) The B.S. in architectural engineering is an ABET-accredited professional degree that requires a minimum of 5 years and 164 credit hours to complete.

Architectural engineering students who wish to complete an accredited Master of Architecture degree in addition to the B.S. in architectural engineering should apply for admission to the school’s 3-year M.Arch. program by February 1 of the final year in architectural engineering. The application includes the completed application form and appropriate fee, a statement of purpose, and a portfolio of work. Assuming good performance in previous design studios, students are likely to receive advanced placement into the M.Arch. curriculum (normally into the second year of study).

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Dual Master of Architecture and Master of Business Administration Degree Program

The Master of Business Administration/Master of Architecture dual degree program is designed particularly for students intending to pursue leadership opportunities in architecture, development, or construction. The M.B.A./M.Arch. program requires 4 years of study, 1 year less than it would take to earn each degree separately.

Students completing the dual degree program earn an M.B.A. from the KU School of Business and an M.Arch. from the KU School of Architecture, Design and Planning. Students complete 112 credits in the 3-year Master of Architecture program and 37 credits in the School of Business. Prospective dual degree students must already be students in the Master of Architecture program and must apply and be accepted by the School of Business. New students must complete the first year of the architecture curriculum before starting the M.B.A. curriculum and must declare their intention before completing the second year of the architecture curriculum.

For information, consult the school websites and program chairs. See also the Master of Business Administration section of the online catalog.

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Joint Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning

This joint degree combines in a 4-year program the normal 2-year Master of Urban Planning degree and the 3-year M.Arch. degree, both offered through the School of Architecture, Design and Planning. The program is intended for students interested in careers in urban design. A total of 133 credit hours is required, comprising 39 hours in urban planning and 94 hours in architecture. Applicants must meet admission requirements of both the Department of Architecture and the Department of Urban Planning. Students pursuing the M.Arch. may apply to the joint degree program during, but not after, the second year of study. Students pursuing the M.U.P. may apply to the joint degree program during, but not after, the first year of study.

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