Architectural Studies, The B.A. Path
The B.A. – M.Arch. Path
The B.A.-M.Arch. path at the University of Kansas is designed to give students seeking a professional, accredited Master of Architecture degree the skills in design, visualization, and technology that are required in a professional architecture degree. It also provides formal, advanced instruction in the communication, business, organizational and interpersonal skills that have become especially important in the 21st century.
Students who pursue the 174-credit, six-year B.A.-M.Arch. path of study receive a B.A. in Architectural Studies, and a professional accredited Master of Architecture degree. Approximately one-third of the credits in this path focus on the B.A. degree core and the KU Core Curriculum and the remaining two-thirds involve professional course work.
Years 1 through 3 include studios, workshops and courses that focus on architecture, design and planning while students are also completing the KU Core. Years 4 through 6 focus on the design/synthesis and technical support classes that are central to the accredited professional degree.
The B.A.-M.Arch. path is highly appropriate for students who intend to become practicing architects and also have multiple academic interests or believe they may be interested in pursuing more than one professional degree.
First-year and transfer students may be admitted to the B.A. in architectural studies degree program. Contact:
For undergraduate applications, write to:
Applications for fall semester should be submitted during the student’s senior year in high school. The priority application deadline is November 1, and the final application deadline is February 1. Completed applications are reviewed, and applicants are notified of their admission status. A complete application includes sixth-semester transcript, rank in class, ACT scores, and a list of courses in progress. 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 the priority deadline of November 1 for the summer and fall terms. The final application deadline is February 1. 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.
High School Students
High school students are encouraged to apply for admission if they have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 and have a minimum ACT of 23 or a minimum SAT of 1050 and if they will meet the following preparation thresholds by the time they graduate:
- 3 or more years of math ending with calculus (preferred),
- 3 or more years of natural science including physics,
- 3 or more art/drawing classes. Art/drawing classes are preferred over additional drafting or technical courses (1 semester of drafting is adequate),
- 2 or more years of foreign language (recommended).
Although students who do not meet these minimum thresholds may apply to the Department of Architecture, they are encouraged to enroll in 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||Introduction to Topics in Mathematics||3|
|or MATH 115||Calculus I|
|ARCH 103||Introduction to Architecture||3|
During the second semester, students should complete:
|PHSX 114||College Physics I||1-4|
|ENGL 102||Critical Reading and Writing||3|
Students already at the University of Kansas may apply to the B.A. in Architectural Studies program by February 1 for admission the following fall. Students must have a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higherand space must be available to be admitted to the B.A. in Architectural Studies program.
Transfer students may be admitted, if space is available, if they have an overall grade-point average of 3.0.
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.
B.A. - M.Arch Plan
|ARCH 103||3||ARCH 104||3|
|ARCH 108||6||ARCH 109||6|
|ENGL 101||3||ENGL 102 or 105||3|
|MATH 105, 115, or 365||3||KU Core Class, Goal 2, Learning Outcome 2||3|
|KU Core, Goal 3 Nat. Science (suggest Phsx 114)||3-4|
|ARCH 380||3||ARCH Hist/Theory Class||3|
|ARCH 540||3||ARCH 541||3|
|ARCH Urban Dsgn/Sustainable Elective||3||KU Core Class, Goal 3, Social Sciences||3|
|Free Elective 1||3||KU Core Class, Goal 4, Learning Outcome 1||3|
|Free Elective 2||3||Free Elective 3||3|
|ARCH 626||3||Professional Enrichment Elective||3||ARCH 502||6|
|ARCH 509 (or Professional Enrichment Elective)||6||ARCH 509 (or Professional Enrichment Elective)||6||ARCH 605||3|
|Professional Enrichment Elective||3||Professional Enrichment Elective||3|
|Free Elective 4||3||Free Elective 6||3|
|Complete GRE. Submit Graduate Studies form. Make sure GPA is 3.0 or higher|
|ARCH 658||3||ARCH 560||3|
|ARCH 508 (or Professional Enrichment Elective)||6||ARCH 552||3|
|ARCH 530||3||ARCH 508 (or Professional Enrichment Elective)||6|
|Professional Enrichment Elective||3||ARCH 531||3|
|Total Hours: 132-133|
Bachelor of Architectural Studies conferred.
Enroll Summer as Graduate Student
|Total Hours: 12|
|ARCH 608||6||ARCH 609||8|
|ARCH 524||3||ARCH 624||3|
|Professional Enrichment Elective||3|
|ARCH 8XX Professional Option||6||ARCH 8XX Professional Option||6|
|ARCH XXX Architectural Elective||3||Professional Enrichment Elective||3|
|Total Hours: 41|
Master of Architecture conferred.