Master of Architecture Admission Requirements


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

  • A baccalaureate degree from a recognized college or university
  • 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 must be submitted to: the application fee is $30. 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.
  • A brief resumé of your academic and professional experiences

Note: Your resumé 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.
  • Writing sample of your current work.
  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Successful candidates have earned the following average scores: verbal 153; quantitative 151; 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

Applications and all supplemental materials are due by January 10. The application process begins with an online application to the Graduate School. Supplemental materials are to be submitted online through the application process.
Applicants are typically notified in late March and April, but the admissions process can extend into May and June. We cannot offer admission deferrals. International students should refer to the International Student Services Office for university admissions information and requirements.


Important Additional Information

All Master's candidates benefit from having a liberal arts education that includes coursework in art history, physics, and drawing or studio art. Physics is a highly recommended course subject because it servers as the basis for many concepts in the sequence of technical courses. Experience/prior applied knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. is also highly desirable.