MS in Architecture / Design Computing - Admissions

Candidates for admission to the Master of Science in Architecture / Design Computing program stream must apply to both the MS in Architecture and the Graduate School of the University of Washington.

There is one admissions cycle each year: February 15 deadline for autumn quarter entry. 

The Admissions review process will begin after the February 15 deadline.

Admission to the MS in Architecture is a competitive process. The Department of Architecture's MS Program Admissions Committee gives priority to applicants whose apparent abilities will enable them to complete the program expeditiously and with a high level of achievement. In evaluating applicants, the committee considers the following materials:


The first step in the application process is to apply for graduate study at the University of Washington. The Graduate School application website will request the following documents:

  • Application for Graduate Study at the University of Washington (online form). Submit this together with the $85 application fee.
  • Application for Admisson to the Master of Science in Architecture program.  Download this 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.  Be sure to check the "Design Computing" box near the top of the form.
  • Transcripts:  Upload a PDF copy of your official transcript from each prior degree-awarding school attended.  Please ensure that the student name and school name appear and that the scan is legible. If you are scanning original transcripts, make sure the pages are oriented upright for screen viewing (vertical or landscape).
  • Letters of recommendation:  Applicants will be prompted to provide the name and e-mail address of three recommenders. Recommenders will be immediately sent a link to the online evaluation form via e-mail.  A minimum of three letters of recommendation is required.  Maximum accepted is four.
  • GRE test scores. Report official scores to the UW Institution Code: 4854; Department Code 4401. 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: 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.
  • Statement of purpose. This statement should clearly articulate your goals and the extent to which the MS in Architecture program can be expected to prepare you for those objectives. The statement should also describe your background and experience in architecture or an allied discipline (or related experience appropriate to the program), as well as preparation for advanced work in design computing. This statement must also include a proposed research focus.
  • Portfolio:  We request that you provide a portfolio of work electronically, as described below. The MS in Architecture / Design Computing portfolio should include evidence of your preparation for study in design computing. The document should not exceed 20 pages (sheets) in length (including cover and table of contents). In addition to drawings, models, and/or other examples of design work and/or research in architecture or an allied discipline, it may include research papers, information about software authored by the applicant, and similar projects.


Applicants are encouraged to provide their portfolio online. The document should not exceed 50MB in size and should be saved as a PDF file. If you wish to include web-design, animation, or video content as part of your portfolio, include links to it within your portfolio document. Such content should be limited to no more than two links in addition to the portfolio itself.

Online Portfolio Access

The portfolio is not uploaded to the University of Washington. Instead, you are responsible for making the portfolio document available via a web-based file-sharing service of your choice. During the application process you will be asked to provide the web address (URL) for the document, as well as any username and password needed for access.  A partial list of free web-based file-sharing services is available below. This is not intended to be an exclusive list. You may have access to alternative services, but it is your responsibility to make sure the web address you provide works properly.

Online File-sharing Websites

The following non-exclusive list of file-sharing websites has been provided to assist you, but does not represent a recommendation or a guarantee that their services will remain suitable.

Web-based file-sharing service URL to set up an account
Google Drive


We prefer that you submit the portfolio online.  However, if you are unable to submit online, you may submit the portfolio in hardcopy or as a CD or DVD.  If you choose to submit on disk, please adhere to the same page count and total-size guidelines as set out for online submission. Make sure the disk can be read on both Windows and Macintosh computers.

Mailed portfolios must be accompanied by a printed copy of the on-line Application for Graduate Study at the University of Washington to clearly identify the applicant. Please send the hardcopy portfolio and printed appliciation for receipt by the application deadline to:

Mailing Address (US Post Office only) University of Washington
Department of Architecture
MS Arch Admissions 
208 Gould Hall
Box 355720
Seattle, WA 98195-5720
Shipping Address
(UPS, FedEx, couriers)
University of Washington
Department of Architecture
MS Arch Admissions
208 Gould Hall
3950 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105


Questions about the application process and general questions about the MS Arch / Design Computing stream should be addressed to Graduate Program Adviser, Claudine Manio.  

Detailed questions may be addressed to the Program Director, Professor Brian Johnson

Checking Your Application Status

After submission of the online application, you can check the Application Status page to view when letters of recommendation and test scores have been received electronically, and when the portfolio has been received by mail.

Decisions will be mailed to applicants no later than April 15.