College of Architecture University of Nebraska-Lincoln

College of Architecture University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, NE
student ratio
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February 1
fall application deadline
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4 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


Innovative Programs with Respected Traditions

The College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln blends a tradition of more than a century of strong academics with community involvement and innovative thinking.

The architecture program is the only accredited program in the state of Nebraska and is accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board, while the interior design programs have earned Council for Interior Design Accreditation. UNL is the only school in Nebraska to offer a Community and Regional Planning Master's degree program with national accreditation from the Planning Accreditation Board. The college's nationally accredited landscape architecture program is open to undergraduates only.

UNL is ranked by "US News & World Report" among its Top 100 Best National Universities, the Best Public Schools, and the 20 Best Colleges for Veterans. "GI Jobs" has included the University of Nebraska - Lincoln on its Military Friendly Schools list for several years running.

Master's Programs in the College Of Architecture

UNL administers three master's degree programs, and two professional master's degree programs, within the College of Architecture.

Students who want careers as licensed architects may choose between the 2- and 3-year versions of the Master of Architecture (MArch) programs. The 2-year program is designed for students with a 4-year NAAB accreditation-leading undergraduate degree. Students whose bachelor's degree is in another field may apply for the 3-year MArch program.

Students interested in design research may choose the Master of Science in Architecture program. The 36-credit hour, customized degree plan allows students with a bachelor's degree in architecture or a related field to prepare for research and teaching work.

Similarly, students with design backgrounds who seek careers in research and teaching related to interior design may apply for the Master of Science in Architecture with a specialization in Interior Design. This 36-hour degree program is offered as a traditional campus-based program or entirely online program for distance learners.

UNL's Master of Community and Regional Planning degree program welcomes applicants from all undergraduate fields of study. The MCRP program prepares students for careers in the diverse field of planning, where planners help communities achieve positive social, economic, environmental, and physical change. Students completing this 48-credit-hour program will have essential knowledge and skills to work in a variety of roles in the planning profession. The program allows students to tailor-make areas of specialization through elective courses, as well as to pursue university-wide specializations in "Water Resources Planning and Management," "Environmental Studies," and "Great Plains Studies." As an integral part of the MCRP program, planning students also may pursue the Graduate Certificate in Public Management, which is offered by the Public Administration Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Minor, Interdisciplinary, and Dual-Degree Options

Graduate students have the option to earn a 9-hour minor in community and regional planning from the College of Architecture, covering introductory, core, and elective topics. Students in the MCRP program may pursue dual degrees with an accelerated completion schedule in either law, architecture, or civil engineering.

Interdisciplinary options include the Dual Certificate Program in Gerontology and Design for students who hold or are working toward an MS in Interior Design or an MA in Social Gerontology. The 18-hour program focuses heavily on design issues related to seniors. For MArch students and degree holders, the college's Design Health initiative provides a thorough grounding in design-related aspects of public health and healthcare settings.

English-Language Options for Study Abroad

The University of Nebraska - Lincoln offers students a number of English-language study abroad programs in locations including London, Paris, Dublin, Clermont-Ferrand, Hannover, Ecuador and Tianjin. The department also welcomes students to design their own study abroad experience in collaboration with the college.

Engaged and Innovative Faculty

UNL's College of Architecture faculty specialize in areas of architecture, design, community planning, and landscape architecture.

Architecture program director and Professor Jeffrey L. Day directs the student-faculty Fabrication and Construction Team (FACT), a design -build lab for exploration and implementation of design ideas. Professor Day is also a co-founder of Min|Day, an interdisciplinary design firm that works with FACT on selected projects.

Dr. Sharon Kuska brings her training as a civil engineer to her work as a UNL professor of architecture. Her work explores the application of computer-aided design in design, especially seismic design for earthquake-prone areas, and bridge design.

Dr. Mark Hinchman is a professor of Interior Design. He has recently returned from a stint teaching in Malaysia. A design historian, he is publishing his fourth book in 2016, Who's Who of Interior Design (Bloomsbury). He is co-writing the book with Elyssa Yoneda, a former student and one-time UCARE recipient. His research interests include design history, African architecture, and South East Asian modernism.

Dr. Zhenghong Tang, Associate Professor of Community and Regional Planning, focuses on environmental planning. Dr. Tang teaches environmental planning courses and planning theory in the MCRP curriculum. He has directed several funded research projects and written numerous academic journal articles that focus on wetlands conservation, watershed conservation planning, the impacts of climate change, the use of GIS in environmental planning, the use of a mobile information platform to promote wetland education and outreach, and other related topics.

Numerous Scholarship, Competition, and Fellowship Opportunities

The College of Architecture awards numerous scholarships, fellowship programs, and competitive awards open to students in the professional and graduate programs. These include:

- Clark Enersen Partners Student Travel Scholarship Fund for graduate study abroad

- Ron & Judy Hess Traveling Scholarship Fund for graduate London Program students

- AIA/AAF Foundation Scholarships for Master of Architecture students

- H + L Architecture Student Excellence Fellowship Fund, which carries an internship option

- Yankee Hill Brick and Tile Architectural Competition


Scholastic awards are generously granted to graduating students each year based on academic achievement, professional potential, and project outcomes. Among these are the Nebraska American Institute of Architects Awards, the AIA Henry Adam Medal and Certificate Awards, and the prestigious Harry F. Cunningham medal.

Location & Contact

College of Architecture

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

14th and R Streets
Lincoln, NE 68588
United States

Wayne Drummond


Phone: 402-472-3592
Fax: 402-472-3806

Ginny Gross

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 402-472-2878
Fax: 402-472-0589

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Juris Doctor/Master of City and Regional Planning (JD/MCRP)
      Master of Architecture (M Arch)
      Master of Architecture/Master of Business Administration (M Arch/MBA)
      Master of Architecture/Master of City and Regional Planning (M Arch/MCRP)
      Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP)
      Master of Community and Regional Planning/Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MCRP/MSCE)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 5
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • 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? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $40
    • Application Fee - International $40
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 1st February 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 15
    • Types of financial support availableFederal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Health Care Benefits

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students104
    • Female Percentage39%
    • Male Percentage61%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students104
    • Part-time Percentage21%
    • Full-time Percentage79%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino1%
    • Black / African American1%
    • White / Caucasian91%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian2%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown4%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty25
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage24%
    • Male Percentage76%