Master of Architecture - ADMISSIONS

3+year and 2+year Master of Architecture
Applicants must apply to both the M Arch Program and the Graduate School of the University of Washington.

Master of Architecture in High Performance Building
Applicants must apply to both the M Arch Program and the Graduate School of the University of Washington.

Master of Architecture / Master of Landscape Architecture Concurrent Degree
Applicants must apply to and pay a separate application for both the M Arch Program and the MLA Program. Applicants must also apply to the Graduate School of the University of Washington. Application reviews are conducted separately by each department. Should a candidate get accepted into one degree program but not the other, the offer of admission still stands for the program they were accepted to. 

ADMISSIONS SERVER INFRASTRUCTURE UPDATE IN PROGRESS TO ACCOMODATE DIGITAL PORTFOLIO. PLEASE DO NOT CREATE A UW APPLICATION FOR GRADUATE STUDY UNTIL OCTOBER 9, 2015.  APPLICATIONS CREATED PRIOR TO THIS DATE WILL NOT CONTAIN 2016 ADMISSION INSTRUCTIONS.

There is one admissions cycle each year: January 15 deadline for autumn quarter entry. Applications will be accepted from September 15-January 15.  The Admissions review process will begin after the January 15 deadline. 

In evaluating applicants, the Graduate Admissions Committee considers the following materials:

Online application

The first step in the application process is to create an on-line Application for Graduate Study at the University of Washington (when your applicant profile is complete, pay the $85 application fee online and submit).  You are able to log in and out of your application until it is complete and ready to submit.

This application will collect the following documents online:

  • Portfolio:  The portfolio helps reviewers determine your potential to perform successfully in a studio-based design curriculum. Please review Portfolio Tipsheet for additional instructions.
    • Required file format:  PDF - hardcopy portfolios will not be accepted.  Portfolios should be designed and formatted for on-screen viewing.
    • Cover page is required and must include your name as it appears on your UW application. 
    • Maximum number of pages:  20 pages
    • Maximum file size: 25MB
  • Transcripts:  Upload a PDF of your transcript from each prior degree-awarding school attended.  Please ensure that student name and school name appear and that the scan is legible. When scanning original transcripts, make sure the pages are oriented upright for on-screen viewing (vertical or landscape).
  • Letters of recommendation:  Applicants will be prompted to provide names and e-mail address of three recommenders. Recommenders will immediately be sent via e-mail a link to the online evaluation form.  A minimum of three letters of recommendation is required.  Maximum accepted is four. 
  • Department Program Application: First, download the appropriate departmental program application PDF (the link is also provided on Graduate School Application), and save the form on your computer. Then complete the form and upload it.  This form must clearly indicate the degree program for which you wish to be considered. 

3+year and 2+year Master of Architecture Program Application

Master of Architecture High Performance Building Program Application

  • Statement of Purpose: A one-page statement of purpose should clearly articulate your goals and the extent to which the M Arch program can be expected to prepare you for them. Include special aptitudes, interests or background that you feel will enable you to commence or continue your professional education and training in the field. This statement should be primarily forward-looking. 
  • GRE test scores: Report official scores to the UW Institution Code: 4854. The application will also prompt you to self-report your test scores. If you have not yet taken the test, please enter the test date on the form.  Official scores must be received by the application deadline. 
  • TOEFL test scores (for international students): Report Official Scores to the UW Institution Code: 4854. Minimum test scores for admission to the Master of Architecture: 92 TOEFLiBT or 7.0 IELTS.  The application will also prompt you to self-report your test scores. If you have not yet taken the test, please enter the test date on the form.  Official scores must be received by the application deadline.

 

Do not mail any application materials to our Department.  Material will not be reviewed or returned.

Checking Your Application Status

Applicants can check the application status page to view when letters of recommendation and test scores have been received electronically. 

Applicants will be notified of admission decision by April 15.