Admission Criteria

Master of Architecture


The application cycle for the Master of Architecture program opens in September. Admission is for the fall semester of the following year. We do not accept spring-semester admissions. Please see Graduate Admissions for application deadlines and procedures.

The deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2021 admission cycle is December 15, 2020 at 7:00PM.



  • Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) of 3.0 or better (on a 4-point scale) in the last two years of undergraduate study (also known as your advanced G.P.A.)
    • Please calculate your advanced G.P.A.
    • Note that we do not require an uploaded GPA calculation worksheet.
    • For those applicants whose undergraduate university does NOT use a 4-point scale, the calculation of an advanced GPA is NOT required.
      • If this applies to your previous institution(s), please enter “N/A” in the GPA section.
  • Completion of college-level or equivalent calculus and introductory physics, including mechanics (by the time of admission NOT at the time of application)
    • Must pass course with a grade of at least C minus
    • For those who have taken Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus or Physics in high school, the following scores will satisfy the prerequisites: 5 on the AP Calculus AB exam or at least a 3 on the AP Calculus BC exam; at least a 3 on the AP Physics B exam     
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required for both Domestic and International Applicants
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL) (for applicants from countries in which the official language is not English) 
    • Deadline to complete exam November 30

Application Materials 

All materials are to be submitted by the application deadline

M.Arch Program with Advanced Standing

The opportunity to complete the Master of Architecture program with Advanced Standing in two years is granted to students with an exceptional undergraduate record in a focused pre-professional degree, including the B.A. or B.S. with a major in architecture. The advanced standing is at the discretion of the admissions committee, based on both studio work and academic achievement.

Evaluation of Pre-Professional Degree

Admissions Criteria


Applicants to the Master of Architecture degrees are evaluated in three main areas:

1. Statement and Letters (Evaluate applications in relation to: Diverse experiences, commitment to the discipline, potential for leadership)

2. Academic Record (Evaluate applications in relation to: Curricular choices, scholastic achievement, potential to success in required coursework)

3. Portfolio* (Evaluate application in relation to: Spatial sensibility, graphic clarity and creativity, potential as a designer) Relative weight given to the criteria: Each of the three is weighted equally. Approximate schedule of the review cycle: Deadline for submission for applications: Mid-December First phase review: End of January Second phase review: End of February Final Decisions: Early March All decisions to Graduate Division by March 15

*The portfolio provides you the opportunity to show your creative ability. It need not necessarily be all architecture-related. In fact, if you have no experience in this area you would be wise to confine the examples to your best work, regardless of the media. The best results will emerge if you think of your exhibit in its entirety as a design project. The reviewers hope to see your projects displayed in a well-thought-out format, carefully executed. Most importantly, leave yourself plenty of time to think about and develop your creative work.

Ranking System


First Phase: The M.Arch Admissions Committee members each review a portion of the applicant pool using the criteria listed above and ranking them from 1(weak) to 5(strong) and make a recommendation to either admit/review/deny. The cumulative scores are the basis of a ranking and about a third of the highest ranked applicants move on to the next phase where they are reviewed by additional members of the faculty.

Second Phase: The applicants who move forward are then reviewed by two faculty reviewers using the same criteria and ranking method as above. Their cumulative scores create a numerical ranking which produce the final ranked list from which the M. Arch Admissions Committee selects the new students.

Third Phase: The M.Arch Admissions Committee reviews the top half of the list to fill the department spaces assigned by the Graduate Division. The Committee uses the numbers, recommendations, and written comments from faculty reviewers. Again, the committee reviews each applicant in the three areas above and in relation to all the top ranked applicants to make the final admission decisions. The committee also considers the background and strengths that each individual can contribute to their entering class. This process allows students with varied backgrounds and emphasis into the program to support and maintain the different areas of interests we provide.

For Graduate Division admissions ranking purposes, applicants will ultimately be in either: Group A: 1-A; 2-A; or 3-A which signifies Program and Admit, or Group D: 1-D; 2-D; or 3-D which signifies Program and Deny

Review Committee Members


The Admissions Committee is composed of members of the M.Arch Committee and includes the Chair of Graduate Advisors. It is a standing committee of approximately four to five members appointed by the Chair of the Department.

GRE requirement


Both International and Domestic applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (general test) and have their scores reported to the Graduate Division by the Educational Testing Service. The deadline to take the exam is November 30.

Applicants from countries where English is not the official language must submit official evidence of English language proficiency in addition to the Graduate Record Examination GRE. For the english language proficiency requirement you have the option between two tests you may take: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You can find more information about an exemption here. If you are exempt from TOEFL or IELTS, you are still required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).The deadlines for taking these exams is November 30.