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The policies and procedures for application and admission are as follows:

Applications for incoming freshmen are processed and reviewed by the Office of Admissions.

All application materials (application, transcripts, portfolio and letters of recommendation) must be postmarked or received no later than November 1 (Early Action/Decision) or January 1 (Regular Decision). No applications or application materials will be accepted after this time. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions or the U-SoA Academic Services Office at 305-284-3731. Enrollment in the School of Architecture is selective and limited by space and other resources, so early application is encouraged.

Admission to the University of Miami is very competitive. Applicants are considered based on the strength of their high school curriculum and grades earned, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, essay, extracurricular activities, and awards/achievements. For more Information visit the main UM Admissions website.

The Architecture Faculty Undergraduate Admissions Committee does not recalculate high school GPAs. The Committee uses the GPA (weighted and/or unweighted) provided by your high school. Although not a requirement, a competitive freshman student for admission has

  1. A strong A-/B+ average,
  2. Around a 1320 SAT and/or around a 30 ACT test score
  3. Ranks in the top 10% of their graduating class.

It is recommended, but not required, that all School of Architecture applicants submit a portfolio.

Keep in mind, that a student who meets all of these criteria is not guaranteed admission; however, the closer a student is to this profile, the more competitive that student is for admission.

Transfer Admission

Applications for transfer are processed by the University of Miami Office of Admissions and are reviewed by the Architecture Undergraduate Faculty Admissions Committee. Transfer students applying to the B.Arch. program must submit their transcripts to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Portfolios and letters of recommendation are to be submitted to the School of Architecture.

The minimum requirements for transfer admission are:

  1. 3.0 minimum Grade Point Average
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. Portfolio is required for advanced placement. Design studio work must be included.

Summer Studio: Students accepted for transfer into the third year design sequence are required to attend a Summer/Fall integration design module.

University of Miami Students: Students currently enrolled at the University of Miami in another major who are requesting transfer into the School of Architecture must fill out a “Change of Major” request form and send it to the School of Architecture. Admission is subject to review by the Architecture Faculty Undergraduate Admissions Committee.

Students Holding a Previous Degree: Applications are not accepted from students who have an undergraduate degree. These students should apply to the Master of Architecture Professional Degree Program. For more information, contact the Office of Academic Services at 305-284-3731.

Graduate Admission

Applications are considered for entrance in the Fall semester only. Applications completed by February 1 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. Click here to request more information.

The minimum requirements for application to the Master of Architecture Degree program are as follows:

  1. 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  2. 300 cumulative Graduate Record Examination score (GRE) on verbal and quantitative sections (tests taken on or after August 1, 2011)
  3. 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 a $65 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 Graduate Record Examination scores sent directly from ETS 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 or printed portfolio.
International Admission

The International Admissions Office has recently added more requirements for the application process. Starting in the 2017-2018 academic year, graduate international applications will be reviewed by one of the approved Evaluation Services:

Approved Evaluation Services:

  • Josef Silny & Associates (JS&A)

(www.jsilny.com)

  • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)

(www.ece.org)

  • World Education Services (WES)

(www.wes.org)

Evaluations from other services are not accepted.

Who needs an evaluation?

Any applicant that has attended a college/university outside the US.

International Evaluation process:

  1. Apply online and send supporting documents (copy of passport, financial responsibility etc.) to the Graduate Department
  2. Send official transcript(s) to one of the approved Evaluation Agencies and request a course-by-course evaluation, GPA and that a copy of the evaluated transcript (s) be sent to the Graduate Department
  3. Evaluation Agency sends evaluation and copy of the evaluated official transcript (s) directly to the Graduate Department

School of Architecture

Office of Academic Services

Graduate Department

1223 Dickinson Drive Coral Gables, FL 33146

Email: Nicole Hejazi, Assistant Director, Graduate Programs

nhejazi@miami.edu

Portfolio Recommendations for Undergraduate Programs

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 format is as follows:

  1. Preferred size is 8.5x11 inches (11×14 inches maximum)
  2. Cover with full name and program student is applying to (Undergrad Freshman or Undergrad Transfer)
  3. First page with name, address and telephone number.
  4. Each project or image must be accompanied by a written description of when the piece was done, why (specify class, etc.),  and if the work is part of a group project; if a group project, exactly which part of the project reflects the candidate’s work.

The portfolio may be submitted via email to SoAUGradAdmissions@miami.edu or printed and mailed to the address noted below. Digital portfolios must be no more than 50 pages and no bigger than 8MB. Mailed portfolios must include a self-addressed, postage pre-paid envelope for portfolio return. Portfolios are not retained after the application process.

University of Miami
School of Architecture
Office of Academic Services
Re: Undergraduate Portfolio
1223 Dickinson Drive, Bldg 48E
Coral Gables, FL 33146-5010

For questions about the undergraduate and transfer admission requirements, call (305) 284-3731.

Portfolio Requirements for Graduate Programs

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), 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 SoAGradAdmissions@miami.edu or mailed to address noted below. Digital portfolios must be no more than 50 pages and no greater than 8MB. 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.

Portfolio format is as follows:

  1. Preferred size is 8.5x11 inches (11×14 inches maximum size).
  2. Cover with full name and and program student is applying to
  3. First page with name, address, telephone number, citizenship and a one-page resume maximum
  4. Personal works as described above with clear indication of the academic year in the program; objectives and site of the project; short description of the project concept.

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

University of Miami
School of Architecture
Office of Academic Services
Re: Graduate Portfolio
1223 Dickinson Drive, Bldg 48E
Coral Gables, FL 33146-5010

For questions about the graduate admission requirements, call (305) 284-3060.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of academic recommendation are required of each transfer and graduate applicant. Applicants with an architectural background should request letters from their architecture professors. Professional recommendations may be submitted in addition to the three required academic letters. Letters are not to be included in the portfolio. Please mail your letters of recommendation to:

Office of Academic Services
School of Architecture
University of Miami
ATTN: Architecture Faculty Admissions Committee
P.O. Box 249178
Coral Gables, Florida 33124
(305) 284-3731

www.arc.miami.edu