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    Kansas State University
  Feb 23, 2018
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Architecture (M.ARCH) (Non-Baccalaureate track)

Master’s degree requirements

The Non-Baccalaureate M.ARCH program consists of a core of required professional courses supplemented by electives. The required courses include a ten-semester architectural design studio sequence and courses in structural systems, environmental systems, construction systems and computing sequences, among others.

Environmental Design Studies Program

Architecture Program

Supplemental Study (9 credit hours)

  • *General Studies Electives Credits: 6

Seventh semester (17 credit hours)

Eighth semester (14 credit hours)

 (On-campus, KCDC or Study Abroad)

Tenth semester (17 credit hours)


*A minimum of twenty-nine (29) general studies elective credits must be in non-architectural studies courses taken outside the Department of Architecture. General studies electives are courses in communications, history, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, foreign languages, and mathematics. They may be taken in pursuit of a minor. They may be taken anytime prior to or during the Architecture program and may include KSU approved AP, IB, CLEP and transfer credit. General Studies electives may include KSU approved extracurricular work as allowed by university regulations. In addition, there is a one credit unrestricted elective.

**The M.ARCH degree requires twenty-four (24) hours of professional support (PSE) electives, twelve (12) for undergraduate credit and twelve (12) for graduate credit.  Of the undergraduate credits, at least three (3) hours must be planning elective credits; the other nine (9) are usually fulfilled in the 8th semester as part of the 4th year study options.  At least six (6) hours of the graduate level PSE must be architecture seminars.  See the M.ARCH Handbook for further details.  Students may not count more than three (3) total hours of department approved extracurricular PSE credits (such as Oz, NOMAS, Plot Club etc.) toward graduation. PSE credits correspond to optional studies as listed in the 2014 NAAB Conditions of Accreditation.

One of the undergraduate elective courses must fulfill the Human Diversity in the United States area of the K-State 8 General Education program. The other seven areas are fulfilled by required courses. Information about the K-State 8 is available on the web and in the university catalog.

In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Kansas State University, College of Architecture, Planning & Design, Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

M. Arch. (139 undergraduate credits + 31 graduate credits)

M. Arch. (non-preprofessional degree + 72 undergraduate credits + 31 graduate credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2017

Total credit hours required for graduation: (170) including ENVD Program

  • Undergraduate Credit Hours Required (139)
  • Graduate Credit Hours Required (31)