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The post-professional M.A. in Architecture offers 2 distinct programs. The architectural management program is oriented to the administration and practice of architecture and related disciplines. It is offered on the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park. Classes in this program are intended to

  1. Provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to become effective participants in the management of a design organization;
  2. Provide information about the management of planning, design, and construction projects; and
  3. Expose students to management issues facing the design professions.

The curriculum draws on the disciplines of business management, planning, computer science, law, and architecture to expose students to fundamental concepts of management as they relate to the business of architecture. A total of 36 credit hours of course work is required. The curriculum consists of required courses in Financial and Economic Issues, Organizational Issues, Project Delivery, Law and the Design Professions, Marketing, and Contemporary Issues in Architectural Management. Students may enroll in 9 to 12 hours of graduate credit outside the required courses in the architectural management curriculum. Three to six hours in the 36-hour course of study are fulfilled in the preparation of a written project or thesis, or in additional course work in an area of management to prepare for a final written examination.

Graduate Admission

KU Edwards Campus

The architectural management post-professional program is offered on the KU Edwards Campus in Kansas City. This course of study focuses on management issues in the practice of architecture. It is designed for working professionals and structured to be completed on a part-time basis.

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.  A complete application for admission consists of the following materials:

  1. Graduate application .
  2. One unofficial transcript where the undergraduate degree is confirmed and one copy of the transcript where any graduate degree/credit was earned (if applicable),
  3. Three 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
    1. A degree from an English-language college or university or
    2. 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 6.5 with no part score below 6.0;
      TOEFL scores (iBT): all part scores at least 23;
      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 Architectural Management track.
  7. 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.

The Curriculum

The requirements for the degree comprise 36 credit hours, distributed as follows:

Contemporary Issues Seminars (3 credit hours)

These seminars consist of three or four guest lecturers each semester.  All students enrolled in these courses attend the same lectures.  Topics are selected to reflect current problems facing the design professions.  Students typically enroll in ARCH 770 the first semester, ARCH 771 the second semester, and ARCH 772 the third semester.  Students must complete all of the following:

   ARCH 770 Contemporary Issues Seminar I (1)
   ARCH 771 Contemporary Issues Seminar II (1)
   ARCH 772 Contemporary Issues Seminar III (1)

Basic Architectural Management Classes (15 credit hours)
Students must complete all of the following:
ARCH 773 Financial and Economic Issues (3).  Focuses on the Fundamentals of financial planning and budgeting for a design firm.
Covers the development and implementation of a business plan and emphasizes the application of financial control techniques to
the management of design organizations.
ARCH 774 Organizational Issues (3).  Covers the organization of a professional practice, personnel management issues, and the
development of effective communication skills.  Case studies and class exercises are used to develop an understanding of the stages in the growth
of an organization, the role of management in successful firms, and the responsibility of the individual in the organization.
ARCH 776 Project Delivery (3). Conventional methods for project delivery are reviewed, along with design-build, fast-track, and other approaches.
Team building techniques and the relationship of the design professional to the development process are also explored.  The effective management of time,
project scheduling, and delegation of authority are covered.
ARCH 777 Marketing of Professional Services (3). Emphasizes the development and implementation of a marketing plan, techniques related to the marketing of
specific types of projects, and the relationship of marketing to other components of a firm.
ARCH 778 Design Professional and the Law (3). Covers legal doctrines relating to owners, design professionals, and contractors.  Also emphasizes sources of the law;
forms of association and agency; contracts, duties and obligations of the design professional, owner and contractor; and related legal topics.
Electives (12-15 credit hours)
Students must complete 12 to 15 credit hours of elective course work dealing with related areas of management.  These courses can include more specialized
seminars and classes in Architectural Management that are offered periodically but are not part of the regular curriculum.  Recently offered electives in Architectural
Management include:
   Advanced Marketing in Architecture
   Architecture-Client Relations
   Architect-Led Design-Build
   Bidding and Estimating for Architects
   Construction Management for Architects
   Electronic Communications
   Facilities Management:  Tools and Techniques
   Non-Traditional Careers in Architecture
   Project Management Software
Classes can also be selected from other graduate programs such as Construction Management, Engineering Management, and Business Administration at the KU
Edwards Campus, or they may be taken from appropriate graduate programs on the main campus in Lawrence.  The Architectural Management Program may
also accept up to 6 hours of graduate courses taken at another institution, depending on their applicability to the curriculum.
Completion Requirements (3-6 credit hours)
Students have two options to complete the program:  a research project or a comprehensive examination.
Option 1: The Comprehensive Examination.  Upon completion of the Contemporary Issues Seminars, the Basic Architectural Management Classes, and
Elective Classes (12-15 credit hours), students may take a two-part comprehension of the core curriculum and understanding of an area of specialized knowledge
developed through elective classes.
Option 2: The Research Project.  The student enrolls in ARCH 706 Thesis or Project Definition (1 credit hour) and develops a proposal for a research project.
The proposal is submitted to a faculty adviser and committee for review.  Once the proposal is accepted, the student may begin working on the project for credit.
Students may propose research related to current work experience or responsibilities, or they may choose to explore new areas of interest.  The research project
usually emphasizes the application of management techniques to the practice of architecture or design.  Students receive up to 6 hours of credit for completing
the research project option.