Graduate Admission

requirements requirements

Applications are generally considered for entrance in the Fall semester. Design studios in the Master of Architecture program are sequenced to deliver a cohesive educational experience and students are expected to follow the established design studio sequence for their program. Students entering the program in Spring or Summer are not eligible to enter the studio sequence at that time, but may take electives or other required courses. This will necessarily extend the duration of the Master of Architecture program.

Applications start on November 1 and must be completed by February 1. Applicants will be given the highest priority for acceptance and scholarships; however, after the preferred February 1 date, applications will be accepted and considered on a space-available basis. Admission to the Graduate Program is subject to the rules, regulations and procedures of the Graduate School as stipulated in the University Graduate Bulletin. It is the responsibility of each student to understand these requirements and to ensure that they are met.

The minimum requirements for application to all Master Degree programs are as follows:
  • 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • 300 cumulative Graduate Record Examination score (GRE) on verbal and quantitative sections (tests taken on or after August 1, 2011) or minimum of 550 GMAT
  • 80 TOEFL iBT score or 6.5 IELTS score for international applicants. Please use school code: 5815 for all graduate programs (see additional requirements below).

Applications will be reviewed by the Architecture Faculty Graduate Admissions Committee only after all of the following documents have been received:
  1. Completed application form with an application fee. This fee is mandatory.
  2. A letter or statement expressing your interest in the program and reasons for applying.
  3. Official transcripts of all college and university courses taken, indicating the date your professional or other undergraduate degree was awarded. All transcripts must be sent directly from the institution’s registrar.
  4. Official GRE or GMAT scores sent directly and TOEFL scores, as applicable.
  5. Three academic (and professional, if applicable) letters of recommendation (Two for MRED+U program). If you have waived your right for access to your letters, they may be sent directly from the recommender, or they may be included with your application in a signed and sealed envelope.
  6. Digital and/or printed portfolio (required for all Master programs)
  • The MRED+U program requires a resume instead of a portfolio. Please email your resume to 

The portfolio offers candidates an opportunity to share their visual interests. The work may include, but is not limited to, reproductions of drawings, paintings, photographs, mixed-media and graphics, photographs of ceramics, sculpture, wood-work and models.

Each student may determine the binder or folder that best contains the work. Simple, easy-to-turn pages that are well-organized have a greater impact than expensive binders / complicated systems.

The portfolio offers candidates to the MArch.I / 3-year track, an opportunity to present their visual interests and artistic skills. The work may include, but is not limited to, reproductions of drawings, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, woodwork, photographs, video work and models. Although drafting (CAD or hand-drawing) courses are not required for admission to the 3-year program, students who want to include such drawings, are encouraged to do so.

Students applying for advanced standing (MArch.II / 2-year track) or Master of Urban Design, must present a selection of their best architectural works during their pre-professional studies. In order to facilitate the waiving of courses and studios, examples must emphasize comprehensive skills including sketches, plans, sections and elevations, and graphics that exhibit conceptual and diagramming abilities, understanding of structures and of urban context, as well as any other skills (computer modeling, models, photography and film abilities, etc.). Examples of professional work are encouraged but must clearly identify and describe work done independently and as part of a team.

Each student is required to submit a digital portfolio via email to

or by mail to the address noted below. Please save the digital portfolio with your Lastname_Firstname. Digital portfolios must be no more than 50 pages and no greater than 8 MB. Expensive binders are not necessary for printed portfolios; simple, easy-to-turn pages that are well-organized have a greater impact than expensive binders / complicated systems.

A self-addressed, postage pre-paid envelope must be included for portfolio return. Portfolios are not retained after the application process.