Design environments for today’s society

Jan Parker

PhD Architectural Studies

Jan Parker found the online format of the doctoral program in architectural studies easy to understand and navigate. The doctorate helped her gain an appointment as dean of academic studies at the Art Institute of Dallas.

Kandace Fisher-McLean

PhD Architectural Studies '15

Having the time to get professional experience while pursuing her PhD was important to Kandace Fisher-McLean. That's why she turned to Mizzou’s online Architectural Studies program. She fit school into her busy schedule and enjoyed the camaraderie she developed among her online classmates.

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Quick facts

  • Program type: Doctorate
  • Academic home: College of Human Environmental Science | Department of Architectural Studies
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 72
  • Estimated program cost: $48,710.16*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Get the degree you deserve

A doctorate from MU can help you acquire the knowledge and skills to conduct research that contributes to the foundation of architecture and interior design. If you want to understand how specialized research contributes to the definition and evolution of an improved theoretical and methodological basis for architectural studies, this may be the degree for you.

Career prospects

Employment growth1
$67,000 - $108,000
Median salary2

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Postsecondary Teachers

2Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Professor and Administrator Salaries in Architecture, Median Salaries of Tenured and Tenure-Track Professors at 4-Year Colleges Based on Data from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources

Career opportunities for PhD graduates include

  • Leadership positions in design and consulting practices in industry, government and education
  • Academic and administrative positions in higher education and research

Program structure and topics

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. However, an optional on-campus workshop is available in the summer during the last week of June (Sunday through Friday), where you may present your research line of inquiry and obtain feedback.

Courses are semester-based. It is possible to complete a PhD in five years. The duration of your program will depend on the number of courses you take each semester and the type of research you pursue for your dissertation.

Emphasis areas include, among others:

  • Aesthetics of Design
  • Design Education
  • Facility Management and Design
  • Housing and Neighborhood Design
  • Inclusive design / Accessibility
  • Sustainable Design

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This program is administered by the Department of Architectural Studies .