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Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture The Ohio State University (Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture) The Ohio State University

  • Columbus, OH
  • Public
  • Urban
  • 48%52%
    student ratio
  • 181
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • December 13
    fall application deadline
  • Not Reported
    acceptance rate
  • 4 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered


Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture

The Knowlton School's long history of excellence in design and planning education lives on in one of the premier learning facilities in the country, Knowlton Hall, and through the school's continuing commitment to innovation and technology.

The Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture has roots that go back more than a century. Ohio State University alumnus Joseph Nelson Bradford founded the 11th architecture program in the country at OSU in 1899. Courses in landscape architecture were first offered at the university in 1915. And the city and regional planning program was launched over a half-century ago, in 1956. Today, those programs comprise the Knowlton School and are housed together in Knowlton Hall, an internationally-recognized facility which has won 10 design awards and been highlighted in publications such as "Architecture," "Competitions," "Praxis," "Architectural Record," and "Dwell."

Knowlton Hall contains The Ohio State University Architecture Library and the school's Digital Library. The school's M/I Homes Foundation Materials/Fabrication Laboratory houses computer-controlled fabrication equipment as well as a full-sized wood shop. Knowlton Hall also contains 2 computer labs and over 350 computers with more than 60 software packages that are for the sole use of students.

Students take advantage of the resources of a large university while studying within a small community, supported by a committed faculty

At the Knowlton School, students benefit from the resources of The Ohio State University, one the country's top research institutions, while enjoying the support of a tight-knit community of 800 students, more than 30 full-time faculty members, and a professional network of over 7,000 alumni. In-class learning experiences are complemented by numerous social, professional, and service opportunities associated with the school's 8 student organizations, including "One:Twelve," the student publication. Additional opportunities exist through the school's vibrant "Honors and Scholars" programs.

Furthering the sense of a Knowlton Community, most courses take place in Knowlton Hall, many having no more than 15 students. Design studios feature a student-to-faculty member ratio of 12-15:1 and the school's curricula are structured to encourage 1-on-1 interaction between students and faculty members. Knowlton's permanent faculty members are supplemented by practitioner faculty members who bring real-world experiences into the classroom and studio. Several visiting faculty programs each year bring to Knowlton Hall top emerging designers and planners, as well as some of the most prestigious individuals currently active in the taught disciplines, many of whom also present in the School's Baumer Lecture Series.

Students choose among degree programs that address real-world issues from both theoretical and applied perspectives, and that integrate experiential learning into the educational model, in the growing city of Columbus, in the greater Midwest, nationally, and via the international travel programs.

The Knowlton School offers 7 graduate and undergraduate degree programs in architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning, including 4 accredited degree programs: the Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture degree program; the Master of Architecture degree program; the Master of Landscape Architecture degree program; and the Master of City and Regional Planning degree program. The Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning degree program will pursue initial accreditation in 2014. The school encourages inter-disciplinary work via its 3 undergraduate minors and its graduate minor in city and regional planning. Additionally, the city and regional planning program offers dual master's degrees with 9 other programs at Ohio State.

The international, domestic, and independent research travel programs encourage students to pursue off-campus experiences that often fold back into issues and projects they are working on in Knowlton Hall. In recent years, international travel programs have taken students to destinations in Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Japan, Ghana, Western and Central Europe, rural Belize, and Brazil. Domestic travel opportunities include on-going 'sustainability studio' projects in the Mississippi Gulf Coast region, yearly trips associated with the Architecture Scholars program, landscape urbanism and community planning and projects in central Ohio, and numerous trips integrated into design studio.

The school's home city of Columbus, Ohio is one of the fastest-growing, progressive cities in the nation. But the city is not only a great place to live, its urban landscape and regional environment, local government and community groups, and vibrant art, design, and planning culture are in many ways an extension of the classroom for students.

Location & Contact

Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture

The Ohio State University (Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture)
The Ohio State University

Student Academic Services Building 281 W. Lane Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

Michael Cadwell


Phone: 614-292-3174

Graduate Admissions

Phone: 614-292-9444
Fax: 614-292-3895

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • City And Regional Planning Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP)
    • Architecture Master of Architecture (M Arch)
    • Landscape Architecture Master of Landscape Architecture (M Land Arch)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 76
    • Doctoral Degrees 3
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled 73
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $60
    • Application Fee - International $70
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 13th November 30th Yes
    • Winter deadline December 1st November 1st Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 1st November 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE or GMAT (city and regional planning), portfolio (for architecture and landscape architecture)
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE or GMAT (city and regional planning), department application including an example of research or written work
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS recommended, IELTS paper based, Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (minimum score 86)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFederal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students181
    • Female Percentage48%
    • Male Percentage52%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students181
    • Part-time Percentage6%
    • Full-time Percentage94%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino5%
    • Black / African American6%
    • White / Caucasian80%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown4%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty34
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Female Percentage59%
    • Male Percentage41%




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