The Kean University professional program in architecture emphasizes knowledge of humanist values as they impact contemporary design. It promotes the acquisition of comprehensive design skills that are made manifest through both cognition and representation. The program addresses the increasing level of professional design services required in the 21st century, and the increasing globalization of architectural design. It utilizes its two locations in major urban areas as resources for access to professional employment and training.
The program follows the 4+2 model for a professional degree in Architecture: a 4-year Bachelor of Arts degree in Architectural Studies, followed by a 2-year professional Master of Architecture degree. It consists of 194-196 total credit hours, and allows 18 credit hours for minors or concentrations within the discipline. Fifty-five credit hours are at the graduate level. Kean’s requirement for 35 credit hours of general studies courses as a component of the baccalaureate degree is acceptable to NAAB provided the degree structure remains the 4+2 model.