Environmental Design and Planning

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 415 / program Foreign:$ 877 / program Deadline: Jan 1, 2025
601–800 place StudyQA ranking:4244 Duration:36 months

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Since the founding of the College in 1963, the faculty has based their relationships on the mutually held realization that the practice of any one of the design professions benefits from the interaction of their varied approaches to (re)shaping the built environment. The interdisciplinary doctoral program takes advantage of the diverse but interrelated nature of the colleges design and planning disciplines. This program represents the comprehensive nature of our professional community and reflects the manner by which our faculty and the profession actually interact in practice.

A central aim of this doctoral program is to support advanced graduate research utilizing a comprehensive interdisciplinary view of design and planning to better contribute to a more livable and ecologically sustainable society. This program provides an advanced, interdisciplinary doctoral degree supported by faculty members from the Departments of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Product Design, and Landscape Architecture / Regional and Community Planning.

The major academic objective of this doctoral program is to prepare professionals and researchers who wish to teach at the graduate level or conduct research, design, and/or policy for private or public institutions, including governmental agencies, design and planning firms, and corporations. In various ways, student research will examine how the various aspects of design and planning knowledge and skills contributing to a more livable and sustainable environment and society for Kansas, the United States, and the world at large.


* Italian, Art, History and Culture
* Study Abroad Orientation
* International Field Study
* Problems in Environmental Design
* Problems in Environmental Design & Planning
* Conceptual Approaches to Design and Planning
* Research Methods in Design and Planning
* Dissertation Research


Applicants to the APDesign PhD program are expected to have earned a masters degree. Students without a previous degree in the design or planning fields are encouraged to apply, although they may be required to complete a set of courses that will provide the appropriate professional background, as determined by the core PhD faculty in the students selected area of concentration.

Admission to the PhD program is contingent upon the willingness of an APDesign faculty member to serve as the students advisor.

All international students applying to the PhD program must meet the same level of achievement as U.S. students.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79


Most graduate students are able to finance their education with a variety of financial assistance tools specific to graduate school:

* Graduate Assistantships: Funded by individual departments and graduate programs, teaching, research and graduate assistantships are awarded based on a student's ability and promise.
* Graduate Fellowships
* Loans: Loans are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have successfully applied for financial assistance
* Traineeships: Traineeships are offered through the university or departments that have federally supported traineeships.



Kansas State University has been providing quality education to the residents of Kansas, the country and the world for the last 150 years.

Located in a community with nearly 60,000 people and more than 24,000 students, we are able to provide a safe and supportive environment for our students.

Kansas State University has 3 campus locations, two of which, Manhattan and Salina, have complete academic programs and on-campus housing. Olathe is the third and newest extension of the university, focusing on collaborating with industry and Kansas City K-12 schools.


Kansas State University has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools since 1916.

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