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Doctorate in Architecture Admission Requirements

The School of Architecture and Interior Design bases admission decisions on a balanced consideration of the following indications of excellence:

  • Students applying to the Ph.D. Program in Architecture should already have a Master's degree or would have earned the diploma by the time they matriculate.
  • Unofficial transcript(s) from all colleges/universities attended. Note: Official transcripts are not required during the admissions process, and only unofficial transcripts are required for the application. Applicants should not send official transcripts until they are offered admission. For complete requirements please visit the Graduate School transcript requirements:
  • A portfolio of creative work. The portfolio is an opportunity to demonstrate your imaginative and critical thinking talents. Creativity occurs in all fields so the content does not have to be architectural if your background is in another discipline. Written project statements to accompany visual work are usually very helpful to the committee. Portfolios are submitted through the application process to Slideroom. We are no longer accepting hard copies of portfolios.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who are in a position to evaluate your abilities and your potential for success as a graduate student There is no standard form to fill out; instead, based on information you provide in your application recommenders will be emailed instructions on the process for submitting letters of recommendation. 
  • A brief resume of your academic and professional experiences.
    Note: Your resume should indicate both educational and professional accomplishments.
  • A two-page statement of your interest in graduate study in architecture. This should be a concise, articulate presentation of your academic and career goals, and any specific interests you have in architectural topics for graduate research and design. It should reflect your prior intellectual and professional engagement with these issues, and may also provide some additional perspective on the work illustrated in the portfolio.
  • Students applying to the Master of Science and the Ph.D. Programs must submit writing samples (not more than 2) or published work demonstrating the ability to conduct scholarly research and examine theoretical concepts. The essays can expand on the areas of research interest or on any topic.
  • Scores from the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). Successful candidates have earned the following average scores: verbal 153 (prior 500); quantitative 151 (prior 650); analytic 4.5. The ETS University code is 1833. You do not need a department code.
  • For applicants whose native language is not English a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 100 iBT (600 paper) is common, although not a strict requirement. We also accept test results from the IELTS with scores of at least 7.


Application Process


ALL applicants must apply by February 15

The application process begins with an online application to the Graduate School. Supplemental materials are to be submitted online through the application process.

New students are admitted in the autumn semester. We will notify successful candidates by April 15. An offer of admission may be withdrawn if a candidate does not accept within six weeks of our offer.

In general we do not offer admission deferrals. Exceptions might be made in special circumstances.  

International students should see the International Student Services Office website for university admissions information and requirements.