The B.A. – M.C.M. Path

The rise of the design-build approach in the production of buildings has made architectural training as well as a solid grounding in business essential educational elements in the Construction Management profession.  The leadership of complex design-build teams that involve architects, engineers, clients, building contractors, building systems experts, and multiple consultants involves knowledge of the many subfields that inform the building process as well as advanced interpersonal and communication skills.

At the same time, the constant emergence of new design and construction technologies, the development and use of new building materials and the application of new performance and sustainability standards highlight the need for architectural training in the development of professional construction managers.

The B.A. – M.C.M. degree path at KU is a cooperative program involving the SADP Architecture Department and the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering in KU’s School of Engineering.  It allows architecture students to enroll in construction management courses while they are completing studios, workshops and other courses required in the Architectural Studies degree core.  The 154-credit path draws heavily on courses in both schools that directly address the issues described above.

B.A. –M.C.M. students begin with the Architectural Studies core, and move quickly into professional enrichment courses in Construction Management.  Students have sufficient enrichment electives to include a minor in Business as well.

Undergraduate Admission

First-year and transfer students may be admitted to the B.A. in Architectural Studies degree program. Contact:

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:

KU Office of Admissions
KU Visitor Center
1502 Iowa St.
Lawrence, KS 66044-7576


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 105Introduction to Topics in Mathematics3
or MATH 115 Calculus I
ENGL 101Composition3
ARCH 103Introduction to Architecture3

During the second semester, students should complete:

PHSX 114College Physics I1-4
ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing3

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

Transfer students may be admitted, if space is available, if they have an overall grade-point average of 3.0.

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.

ARCH 1033ARCH 1043
ARCH 1086ARCH 1096
MATH 105, 115, or 3653ENGL 102 or 1053
ENGL 1013KU Core Class, Goal 2, Learning Outcome 23
 KU Core, Goal 3, Nat. Science (suggest PHSX 114)3-4
 15 18-19
ARCH 3803ARCH Professional Enrichment Elective3
ARCH Urban Dsgn/Sustainability Elective3ARCH 5413
ARCH 5403KU Core Class, Goal 4.1 Elective3
ECON 104, 105, 142, or 1433-4Free Elective 23
Free Elective 13Free Elective 33
 15-16 15
ARCH Professional Enrichment Electove3ARCH Professional Enrichment Elective3
ARCH 5303ARCH Professional Enrichment Elective3
ARCH 6263Free Elective 63
CMGT 4573Free Elective 73
Free Elective 42-3Free Elective 83
Free Elective 53 
 17-18 15
CMGT 5003CMGT 7013
ARCH Professional Enrichment Elective3CMGT 7023
MATH 365 or ARCH Professional Enrichment Elective3ARCH 5313
Free Elective 93ARCH Professional Enrichment Elective3
KU Core Class, Goal 6.1 Elective3ARCH Professional Enrichment Elective3
Complete GRE. Submit Graduate Studies form. Make sure that GPA is 3.00  
 15 15
Total Hours: 125-128

B.A. Architectural Studies and Undergraduate Certificate conferred.

Year 5
CMGT 7033CMGT 8953
CMGT 7043CMGT 8053
CMGT 7053CMGT XXX Construction Management Elective3
CMGT XXX Construction Management Elective3CMGT XXX Construction Management Elective3
CMGT XXX Construction Management Elective3CMGT XXX Construction Management Elective 3
 15 15
Total Hours: 30

Master of Construction Management conferred.