FAQs – Admissions
MASTERS OF ARCHITECTURE
Now that I am accepted to the program, how do I register for classes?
The following links provide helpful information about registration:
UW Graduate School “Information for Admitted Students”
UW Student Guide
How can I find out about financial aid and tuition?
Information regarding Financial Aid should be directed to the UW Office of Student Financial Aid. Students should inquire with the Financial Aid Office about the priority filing deadline dates for the UW. The deadline date is typically posted on the front page of their website.
The UW Student Guide has helpful information regarding financial aid and tuition related questions.
Tuition for graduate programs in our department fall under the College of Built Environments. Tuition & fee schedules for the upcoming academic year are published in June.
Is a laptop required?
Starting 2012, the department will require students to have a personal laptop. For suggestions on purchasing a computer, please visit this link on our College website.
I am applying to the 3+M.Arch program. How can I build a portfolio that is competitive when I do not have an architecture background?
The purpose of the portfolio is to help reviewers determine your potential to perform successfully in a design studio based program. Your portfolio should demonstrate your ability to translate ideas into two dimensional (drawing, painting, sketching, photography) or three dimensional (models, furniture, wood/metal work, etc) form.
Students without any art/design background are encouraged to take courses to help build their portfolio. Inquire locally about available classes in the subjects referenced.
Many architecture schools offer an introduction to design course in the summer for students who are contemplating architectural studies. At the UW we offer the ARCH 100 Summer Program.
In addition, we have a collection of sample admissions portfolios available in our main office to view.
Is it possible to work full time and enter the 3 Yr. M.Arch program?
The first year of the 3+year M.Arch program is comprehensive and intense. This year is considered the Preparatory Year and incorporates coursework that prepare students from non-architecture backgrounds to be “up to speed“ with students holding Bachelor’s degrees in Architecture. Part-time work during this first year is possible but challenging and depends on individual time management skills and course schedules.
Does the department offer any financial aid for international students.
The University of Washington is a public institution; therefore no state or federal financial assistance is offered to international students. Students, their families, and sponsors must assume all financial responsibility for tuition and living expenses. It is very important that applicants review the expected expenses before deciding to apply for admission.
Although financial aid or work-study positions from the University of Washington is not available for international students, the UW International Student Services website provides helpful information to international students attending the University of Washington.
International students may qualify to apply for some Department Scholarships. The Department Scholarship descriptions are announced in winter quarter to all current architecture students. Since these scholarships vary from year to year we cannot provide a current list, however a list from the previous year is available on our website here.
What are the required GRE scores?
While the GRE test is required for admissions, we do not set minimum GRE test scores as we feel they are not the best indicator of success in our program. The GRE scores are not a primary factor for admissions however, below average GRE scores can have a negative impact on your application.
*Note that starting August 1, 2011, a Revised GRE test will replace the current General GRE test.
(2012 Applicants): Applicants who take the new test format are advised to schedule their GRE test at least two months before the January 15 deadline to assure that test scores are reported to the University on time.
Report Scores to the UW Institution Code: 4854; Department Code 4401.
What are the math and physics requirements?
The minimum math requirement is college algebra. College physics is not required, but is helpful.
When can I come in for a tour of the department?
Prospective students interested in a tour should try to schedule their visit to coincide with the monthly Graduate Program Information Session & Tours. Please check the calendar for dates. RSVP is required as space is limited.
Advising appointments can be made by contacting the Graduate Program Advisor.
I was not accepted to the program. I would like to meet with someone who could advise me on how to improve my application, portfolio and general qualifications.
Students can receive feedback on their application from the admissions chair for the respective program they applied to. Contact the department’s Graduate Program Advisor to obtain contact information.
Contact either the undergraduate or graduate program advisors for instructions on obtaining approval signatures on Non-Matriculated or Graduate Non-Matriculated forms.
Summer quarter enrollment is open to non-matriculated students. For more information please visit here.