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Master of Architecture (5-year)

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Undergraduate Admission

First-year and transfer students may be admitted to the 5-year Master of Architecture degree program. Contact the University of Kansas, Michael Swann, Associate Dean, School of Architecture, Design and Planning, Marvin Hall, 1465 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 206, Lawrence, KS 66045-7626,

For undergraduate applications, write to the KU Office of Admissions, KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa St., Lawrence, KS 66044-7576, 785-864-3911,


Applications for fall semester should be submitted during the student’s senior year in high school. The application deadline is February 1, but students should apply in the fall to ensure that their applications are complete and ready for review by February 1. Completed applications are reviewed, and applicants are notified of their admission status. A complete application includes sixth-semester transcript, rank in class, and ACT scores. Applications received after February 1 are considered but are less likely to be accepted due to space limitations.

Transfer students should apply by October 1 for the spring semester and by February 1 for summer and fall terms. Space limitations apply to transfer students. Transfer applications received after February 1 are likely to be denied for reasons not connected with the applicant’s academic qualifications. The School of Architecture, Design and Planning encourages applications from women and members of minority groups.

Kansas High School Students

Kansas high school students are encouraged to apply for admission if they rank in the upper 25 percent of their high school class and if they have met the following preparation thresholds:

At the end of the sixth semester in high school, students should have completed

  • 3 years of English,
  • 3 years of mathematics including trigonometry,
  • 3 years of a natural or physical science,
  • 2 years of foreign language, and
  • 1 year of history.

Kansas high school students who cannot meet these minimum thresholds at the end of the sixth semester are encouraged to delay application to determine if they can meet the thresholds in the seventh or eighth semester. At the end of the seventh semester, students should have completed 3½ years of English, 3½ years of mathematics, 2 years of physical or natural science, 2 years of foreign language, and 1 year of history.

Although students who do not meet these minimum thresholds may apply to the School of Architecture, Design and Planning, they are encouraged to apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for a preliminary year of study.

During the first semester of this preliminary year, students should complete MATH 105 or MATH 115, ENGL 101 Composition, ARCH 103 Introduction to Architecture, ARCH 152 Professional Practice I, and 6 hours of electives. Students should have grade-point averages of at least 3.5 in these 15 hours. At the end of the first semester, students may reapply to the school for admission to the following fall class.

Other U.S. High School Students

Other applicants from the United States must rank in the top 15 percent of their high school class and are expected to have college preparatory training in high school, as outlined above for Kansas students.

Transfer Students

Transfer students may be admitted, if space is available, if they have grades of C or higher in one 3-hour mathematics course (equivalent to MATH 105 or MATH 115) and one 4-hour physics course with laboratory (equivalent to PHSX 114) and have overall grade-point averages of 3.5.

International Students

The School of Architecture, Design and Planning admits only exceptional students from other countries. Standards for admission are set according to the traditions and grading policies of those countries. In some countries, for example, the grade of A is almost never given, while in other countries the A grade is more frequently seen. The number of students admitted depends on the space available on February 1.

Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for information about international admissions.

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