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Application Requirements - Master of Architecture + Master of Urban Design Degree Programs

Applications must be submitted online through the Kent State University Graduate Admissions website:

In addition to Kent State University general requirements (minimum GPA = 3.00), admission to the programs is administered through the CAED Graduate Studies Committee and is based on:
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Original Transcripts from colleges previously attended
  • Undergraduate GPA
  • GRE Scores
  • Letters of Reference
  • Portfolio of design work

Statement of Purpose:

The Statement of Purpose should be one page maximum, and include your educational and career goals, including research and/or concentration interests. Also indicate which option the application is for (e.g. M.Arch degree or M.Arch/MBA dual degree in Kent; MUD degree, M.Arch/MUD dual degree or M.Arch degree at the CUDC) and if you intend to include coursework in Europe as part of your program of study.

Graduate Record Examinations:

For information on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), please check: Scores above 151(460) verbal reasoning, 150 (620) quantitative reasoning and 4.25 analytical writing will give an applicant good chances of admission.

Letters of Recommendation:

Submit letters of recommendation completed by persons who are familiar with your educational goals and your ability to achieve them (at least three, one of which from a non academic source, preferably professional). The format may be a letter and/or the Recommendation Form, which can be downloaded from the Graduate Studies Forms Library.

International Applicants:

Please review the information on the Kent State University Office of Global Education website regarding international graduate student admissions. For applicants who must complete language proficiency testing as part of the application, the minimum required language proficiency scores for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design are:











Conditional admission may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact the Graduate Coordinator with questions and/or requests related to conditional admission (see contact information below).

Submitting Application Materials:

With the exception of the portfolio, please submit all application materials electronically via this page on the Graduate Studies website:

If electronic submission is not possible, hard copy may be sent to:
Division of Graduate Studies
116 Cartwright Hall
650 Hilltop Drive
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242-0001


The application deadline for Fall admission is January 15 for the following degree programs:

  • Master of Architecture degree (M.Arch)
  • Master of Architecture and Master of Business Administration (M.Arch/MBA) dual degree
  • Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design (M.Arch/MUD) dual degree
  • Master of Urban Design (MUD) degree


Those applying for Graduate, Teaching or Research Assistantship must complete the Application for Graduate Assistantship form, which is downloadable from the Graduate Studies Forms Library. Completed assistantship applications may be submitted online along with the other application materials.


Graduate Coordinator:
Jonathan P. Fleming, RA, LEED, AP
Architecture Program Director / Architecture Graduate Coordinator

If you have questions, please contact:
Ms. Lisa Pozo
Administrative Secretary, CAED Graduate Programs
330-672-3765 -
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