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Master of Arts in Architecture: Academic-Research Track

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Graduate Admission

Regardless of background or career goals, a person whose previous records indicate the ability to succeed with advanced work may be admitted to one of the graduate programs. Admission requires a bachelor’s degree and a grade-point average of 3.0 from KU or another accredited institution or foreign university with substantially equivalent requirements for the bachelor’s degree. The academic background is reviewed before a student without a bachelor’s degree is admitted as a degree-seeking graduate student at KU. A complete application for admission consists of the following materials:

  1. Graduate application;
  2. 1 official transcript from all colleges or universities attended, showing receipt of a bachelor’s degree;
  3. 3 letters of recommendation from persons qualified to comment on the applicant’s intellectual abilities and probable success in graduate study;
  4. Application fee, nonrefundable check or money order payable to the University of Kansas (See Admission in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog for further information);
  5. Evidence of language proficiency if the native tongue is not English, including
    (a) A degree from an English-language college or university or
    (b) Receipt of official copy of applicant's proficiency scores achieved not more than 2  years before the semester of admission:
    IELTS scores: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no part score below 6.0
    TOEFL scores (iBT): all part scores of at least 23
    TOEFL scores (CBT): all part scores at least 23 and essay score of at least 5
    TOEFL scores (paper): all part scores at least 57 and essay score of at least 5;
  6. A statement of interest indicating the applicant’s career goals and the relationship of these goals to the specific option chosen;
  7. A portfolio of work demonstrating the candidate’s strengths. Examples may include design or creative work and writing samples. The portfolio is limited to 10 megabytes (not zipped) in PDF format. Upload under other documents.
  8. For international students, a financial statement showing minimum financial support for the first year of study (see the admissions page on the school’s website).

Submit your graduate application and upload all application materials online. Please contact the Admissions Coordinator if you have any questions:

The University of Kansas
Department of Architecture
Marvin Hall
1465 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 206
Lawrence, KS 66045-7626

Be sure to check the school’s website for updates to the admission process or requirements.

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