MS in Architecture / History and Theory - Admissions

Candidates for admission to the Master of Science in Architecture / History and Theory 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 for this program: February 15 deadline for autumn quarter entry.  2016 applications will be accepted from October 9 - February 15.  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 "History and Theory" box near the top of the form.

  • Transcripts:  Upload a PDF copy of your official transcript from each prior degree-awarding school attended.  Do not mail official transcripts to our office. 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. 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 the history and theory of architecture. This statement must also include a proposed research focus.

  •  Writing sample:  We request that you provide a sample of your research work electronically, as described below. This writing sample should include evidence of your preparation for study in the history and theory of architecture and is usually a research paper done in an academic context.  Upload this into the Portfolio section of the online application.

    • Required file format:  PDF - hardcopy documents will not be accepted or returned.  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 (including cover and table of contents)
    • Maximum file size: 30MB


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



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

Detailed questions may be addressed to the Program Director, Professor Alex Anderson


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 writing sample has been received by mail.

Applicants will be notified of a decision by April 15.