School of Architecture
Graduate Degree Offered: M.Arch
Required Tests and portfolio
Placement may vary depending upon the student's background; students with an undergraduate degree in a field other than architecture will be considered, and must, if accepted, complete a full course of study in design studio. Portfolio review is of primary importance to the School of Architecture's application review committee.
All applicants are required to submit a portfolio of their best work to be reviewed by the school’s faculty. The GRE minimum to be a teaching assistant is 148 verbal. Writing score is used toward total admission score and counts for 10% of admission score.
Admission to the graduate program is based on GPA (40%), portfolio review (40%) and GRE Writing Component (10%) and 3 Letters of Recommendations (10%). Each component is assigned a point value. Admissions review is performed by a committee of five faculty members. An admission score is developed based upon the following percentages and are weighted accordingly: Cumulative GPA (40%), Portfolio Review (40%), Letters of Reference (10%) and Writing Component (10%). A perfect admissions score is a 12. A minimum score of 7.6 on a 12 point scale is need for admission.
English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80), IELTS (level 6.5), or PTE (54), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or if the student is from a country where the English proficiency score is waived.
Please see our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived as well as more information on applying as an International student.
Additional Admission Requirements
For additional required admission documents please see program website or view list of requirements in the graduate application portal.
The Masters of Architecture Degree is comprised of 42 credits over the duration of three semesters of graduate study. Throughout this graduate program, students enroll in various studios, required technical courses and graduate electives intended to emphasize the development of a critical position with regard to the environment and architecture.
The Master of Architecture professional degree is a Plan C program (professional paper or project plan). The M.ARCH program is designed with 3 studios, 3 required courses and 14 credits of graduate electives of a student’s choosing. The required studios engage students at various levels. This includes a comprehensive design studio, experimental/investigative studio and an individual thesis studio project.