The Robert Cene Architecture Program at Kent State University is dedicated to developing responsible, professional architects committed to the improvement of the quality of life, the enhancement of the physical environment and protection of the public welfare through the design of the built environment.

The program’s professional values include reason, independent thought, productivity, honesty, integrity, justice, self-esteem, teamwork and mutual supportiveness. Within a balanced curriculum of technology, visualization, history, theory and design studio coursework, the program offers a platform for scholarship, constructive discourse and debate. Project-based learning activities are used throughout the curriculum. Problem definition, clarification and solution are present in the full spectrum of the program’s activities and assignments. Required design studios exist in every semester of the program. The curriculum fosters experimentation, collaboration, discovery, critical and design thinking and innovation. The program inspires academic excellence and prepares students to be responsible and accomplished architectural professionals.

One of the many aspects that makes our program unique is the opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy. For more information, visit the global studies page.

Kent State University, College of Architecture and Environmental Design offers the following NAAB-accredited degrees in architecture:

  • Master of Architecture 44 + pre-professional (Bachelor of Science in Architecture 124)
  • Master of Architecture 44 + Master of Business Administration Dual Degree + pre-professional (Bachelor of Science in Architecture 124)
  • Master of Architecture 44 + Master of Urban Design Dual Degree + pre-professional (Bachelor of Science in Architecture 124)


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At present, the Robert Cene Architecture Program has no articulation agreements with any community college or non-professional program. Applications include all prior college level transcripts and, for those under 12 credits, high school transcripts. Transfer admissions are handled typically after a student has applied to the University although occasionally, we are able to provide a sense of courses that may transfer based on prior transfer students from the same institution using the University’s Transfer Guide. The Ohio Transfer Module requires that certain courses be transferable state-wide, in all public institutions of higher education. In the case of general education coursework, this state-wide module provides clarity for transfer students in advance of registration.

For Kent Core course transfer courses approval must be sought from Curriculum Services. Courses in other disciplines are reviewed by those departments. Accepted transfer credit is applied to the student’s official transcript. For official review of Architecture major courses, admitted transfer students will submit syllabi, course descriptions and student work for review by the Architecture Program Director in conference with faculty from the specific area of the course requested.