Master of Architecture III Admission Requirements
The M.Arch III program track provides individuals who have degrees in fields other than architecture the opportunity of entering architectural practice within 3-4 years.
- 4 year Bachelor's degree in a field other than architecture.
- College Algebra and Trigonometry*
- College Physics with a lab*
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale
Admission Requirements and Procedures
Prospective students are required to submit application materials directly to the University of Arizona Graduate College Online Application System. Please pay careful attention to the procedures described in the online application portal. You can access the online application system as many times as necessary to prepare your application up until the time you formally submit your materials. The application fee is $75. Applications will be not be reviewed until all materials have been received.
- Portfolio: Upload multiple images in pdf document. Sample portfolio images are available on our website. What to include in your portfolio: The portfolio should be an exhibition of material indicating your creative abilities and should be coherently presented in a clear and concise format. The portfolio should communicate your graphic proficiency, design composition and communication skills, and/or environmental sensitivity. Submitted materials may be products from design studios, professional work, creative or expository writing, built works or any other material that indicates your professional potential. Work that is of your own creation (as opposed to assembled artifacts) is of particular interest. Briefly explain each exhibit with a clear indication of your contribution when the item includes a team project. Indicate the date of creation and the approximate length of time devoted to the effort.
- Personal Statement: Please use approximately two pages to introduce yourself; discuss your reasons for wishing to pursue this degree at the University of Arizona; how your academic or professional background might contribute to your studies in architecture; present preliminary ideas on how you would like to focus your research project, include the relationship of past training and experience to a proposed research agenda and future practice; and any other information that you think will be helpful to the admissions committee.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Letters of Recommendation: You will be asked to provide the names and contact information (email address) of three persons who are in a position to provide a recommendation that addresses your potential for success in a graduate program. A combination of academic and professional recommendations is preferred. As soon as you have entered this information, an automatic email message will be sent to your recommender, explaining what is required and giving him/her instructions on how to log in on our website. On the recommendations site they will be asked to complete a form, and will also be able to upload a letter or type in some text, if they wish to do so.
- Transcripts: One complete set of official college transcripts for all prior undergraduate and graduate coursework (diplomas, titulos). If these original documents are not in English, an official English translation must also be included. Submit these documents directly from the issuing institution to the Graduate College Online Application system. An official document must be submitted before formal admission to the Graduate College will be granted.
International students must also provide:
- Financial Guarantee: Applicants must submit a Financial Guarantee form certifying they have sufficient U.S. funds for their first year of education. If family members are to accompany the student, additional funds are required. If the student receives a fellowship or an assistantship, the amount of the award will constitute part of the financial guarantee.
- Proof of English Language Proficiency: TOEFL scores are required of applicants who speak English as a second language unless they have completed at least two academic years of full-time study or have received a Bachelor's or higher degree at a postsecondary academic institution in which English is the spoken tongue and medium of instruction. TOEFL results are valid for two years only. Only scores of 79 iBT, 26 on the spoken English subtest or greater are acceptable. The Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) at The University of Arizona offers full-time English-language training for students who have not attained an acceptable score on their TOEFL.
- International application deadline: December 15
- Domestic application deadline: January 1 (Late applications will be considered until February 1, but priority for funding opportunities will be given to those who apply by the deadline.)
- Individuals who already have a Master's degree in Architecture are not eligible for admission to this program.
- Applicants who have not completed the Math or Physics requirements by the application deadline, but who meet all other requirements, may be granted conditional admission. If admitted, continuation in the program will be contingent on completing these courses with a grade of C or better before the beginning of the Fall semester of the first year. The Math and Physics courses may be taken at the University of Arizona, or at a community college.