architectural studies

Admission requirements

  • Admission into the department is selective and competitive. Students are considered on the basis of academic performance and space availability.
  • Freshmen students need to score 23 or higher on the ACT, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Transfer students may enter with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.


  • The UMKC campus is situated directly east of the Country Club Plaza in the heart of Kansas City, Mo.
  • UMKC offers a wealth of educational opportunities, in an urban setting.
  • The department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design enjoys a small student body within a campus that enrolls more than 14,000 students.
  • Kansas City’s distinctive history provides a base that few programs in the nation can enjoy.
  • UMKC’s urban advantage places students in a professional community with unmatched resources, whether you are studying architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, or urban planning and design.  
   students in lab class

Fast facts

  • Architectural Studies is a two-year cooperative program with Kansas State University. The accredited curriculum at KSU is offered at UMKC for the first two years of study. After successfully completing the coursework at UMKC, students are eligible for entry to the KSU College of Architecture Planning and Design, where they can earn a master's degree in architecture, interior architecture/product design or landscape architecture from KSU. Landscape architecture students study at UMKC for one year before transferring to KSU.
  • UMKC’s program is affiliated with a top 10-ranked design school, Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning and Design.
  • In 2000, the National Accreditation Board declared the UMKC program a “national model for states without professional architecture degrees.”


  • Architectural studies faculty are practicing professionals or are engaged in scholarly and applied research.
  • The faculty have studied at top schools around the country and bring that training to the classroom. A few of the institutions represented: University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, University of California - Berkeley and Washington University.
  • Faculty serve as mentors and offer career contacts to help students enter the profession.

Student organizations

  • AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students) is a national organization for students studying architecture and related fields. Every year students attend national and regional AIAS meetings around the country.
  • SEARCH (Students Engaged in Artistic and Academic Research) supports undergraduate research at UMKC. Architectural studies students have received numerous awards at the annual spring symposium.   

Students routinely participate in local professional organizations such as:

    • Young Architects Forum(YAF)
    • American Institute of Architects (AIA / KC)
    • Women in Design (WID)
    • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art lecture series


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Contact us

Office of Admissions

120 Administrative Center
5115 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: 816-235-1111
Toll-free: 1-800-775-8652
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UMKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.