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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Financial FAQs

Because costs change, the most accurate information for resident graduate students can be found at the Registrar's website.

Distance learners see the specific Architectural Studies course pages in the course catalog on the Mizzou Online website.

The department matches available teaching appointments to graduate students based on qualifications of graduate student and department need.

International Graduate students applying for a GTA should review the University requirements.

Graduate Teaching Assistantship appointments are made for each semester.

Accepted resident students are eligible for graduate student appointments and competitive scholarships and fellowships at the department and college levels. The department matches available teaching appointments to resident graduate students based on qualifications of graduate student and department need.

Tuition waivers are possible for resident students on a 25% graduate assistantship. See MU Graduate Student Tuition Support Program for information on eligibility, tuition support, and time limits.

Application Process FAQs

The statement of educational goals and objectives should reflect why you want a graduate degree from our program and how this relates to your ongoing line of inquiry for professional development. Doctoral students are asked to review suggestions in writing the Statement of Purpose.

Yes, this is the preferred way. Please apply online with the Graduate School.

New onsite resident graduate students apply before the January 15 deadline for admission in the following fall semester. New online graduate students are admitted on a space available basis. They apply before the January 15th deadline for admission in the following fall semester.

Yes, we encourage this. It is necessary to apply early as it may take several weeks to receive recommendation letters and transcripts. Please inform those persons responsible to submit your recommendation letters of the due date.

This will delay review. If all required information is not received by deadline, review may be delayed until next term.

Common FAQs

We encourage you to match your interests with that of faculty as described in the faculty profiles on our Architectural Studies website.

Yes...although a graduate degree in our program is not the professional degree that qualifies one for licensing.

We do have an online graduate program ongoing.

Only a limited number of distance students can be accepted for admission for the Fall term.

Yes! To make your visit most meaningful, we recommend a tour of the campus and appointments with faculty with whom you wish to work during your program of study.

The MU Admissions office runs tours of campus daily. Contact Admissions at (573) 882-2456 to schedule a time or visit the Campus Tour website.

The Department of Architectural Studies is located in 137 Stanley Hall. See campus map on MU website.

The Bachelor of Science degree is the only CIDA accredited program at the University of Missouri.

You and your advisor may discuss your focused area of interest to determine who are the appropriate faculty members in your supporting area outside the department.

The best way to find committee members is to take a class from them so they get to know you.

Talk to your advisor as soon as possible after acceptance so you can plan and begin reading.

Clearly this is preferred, but not required.

Exceptions have been made and a teleconference is conducted.

Each committee member represents a content area and submits question(s) accordingly.

The student comes to the Professor with a "problem" he/she wants to explore—it is independent work and generally involves experiential learning in addition to readings.

The nature of Problems courses is built on an attempt to develop students' research interest as they approach their thesis or dissertation.

Typically, it is the student who generates these topics not the Professor—optimizing the maximum benefit in thesis/dissertation work.

Sometimes a Problems course is taken independently with a Professor and sometimes it is offered to several students at the same time.

See University guidelines on the number of independent courses that can be taken in one's Plan of Study.

Readings courses are independent courses taken when scheduled coursework is not available on the topic.

The student comes to the Professor with a “ Readings ” topic relevant to their line of inquiry and the Professor must agree to lead the Readings course.

Readings courses are generally taken later in one's graduate program after more basic coursework is completed.

Sometimes a Readings course is taken independently with a Professor and sometimes it is offered to several students at the same time.

See University guidelines on the number of independent courses that can be taken in one's Plan of Study.

Roles FAQs

Your advisor advises regarding course work, plan of study, committee member selection, problems and readings course enrollment, and overall matters relating to your academic progress.

Dr. Phillips is the point person regarding admission procedures.

The Director interprets department graduate program policies and serves as the department liaison to graduate school.

He works with all faculty in the annual graduate student review and the Department Chair in the annual graduate assessment report.

He oversees the environment and behavior emphasis area.

Dr. Balakrishnan recruits prospective graduate students in the Design with Digital Media area and is the point person regarding all students in this emphasis area.

He is directs the admissions evaluation for Design with Digital Media and the Design with Digital Media program offerings.

He coordinates curriculum and resources in this area, working with the DoIT, the College IT Specialist, and the Department Chair.

Dr. Ruth Tofle leads department policy development, she works with all faculty in the annual graduate student review and the Director of Graduate Studies in the annual graduate assessment report. With fiscal and personnel responsibilities, she supervises undergraduate and graduate curriculum offerings.

Dr. Sandy Rikoon and the R&GS staff (Diane Davis and Elizabeth Miller) support and enhance faculty efforts to acquire external funding for research and to produce high-quality research. The office supports a number of programs for faculty research, grant-writing and pre-award services, and also coordinates the PhD graduate program in the College of Human Environmental Sciences.

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