Architectural studies

Doctor of philosophy University of Missouri

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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.

Quick facts

Official name

Doctor of philosophy in human environmental sciences with an emphasis in architectural studies


University of Missouri

Program type


Academic home

College of Human Environmental Sciences | Department of Architectural Studies

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission

Credit hours


Estimated cost


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


Career prospects

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
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Postsecondary Teachers
Employment growth
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
$67,000 - $108,000
Median salary

Program structure

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


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

5 years


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Architectural Studies