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Master of Architecture (M.Arch I)

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The 5-year 180-credit Master of Architecture (M.Arch. I) is a professionally-accredited degree necessary for becoming a licensed architect. This National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited degree presents the most direct path into the practice of architecture. High school seniors who apply and are admitted to this program enter directly into this intense and demanding studio-based degree program without pre-professional course work in environmental design or graphics. KU is one of several schools in the U.S. that offer a 5-year accredited Master of Architecture degree. 

For additional information about Architecture at the University of Kansas, please refer to the Undergraduate Guide 




The core of the curriculum for students enrolled in the five-year path is a sequence of design studios composing approximately one-third of the total degree requirements. Students also complete sequences in graphics, structures, building construction, environmental technology, and architectural history. They must meet a study abroad requirement, and take electives. Course-work in site planning, urban design, and professional practice completes the professional content. In addition, students are expected to complete coursework in a variety of academic disciplines, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of architecture. These general education requirements include courses in mathematics, physics, English, communications, humanities and Western civilization, and a variety of other fields. 

5-Year M.Arch Curriculum Check Sheet


If you have any questions about the program or want to schedule a campus tour, please contact arch@ku.edu


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