Admission Requirements for the MS.Arch degree

The Master of Science in Architecture (MS.Arch) degree, which normally requires three semesters of coursework to complete, is a post-graduate degree for architects, engineers, and built environment focused degrees.  Graduates from other backgrounds who are interested in sustainable development and design are also encouraged to apply.


  • an accredited professional degree in the built environment (architecture, engineering, landscape architecture); or
  • a baccalaureate degree in design, engineering, sciences social humanities, or a related field to the built environment; or
  • a master’s degree in a related field; or
  • a baccalaureate degree in any field plus at least one year of professional experience related to the built environment in design, engineering, business or government.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale
  • Applicants must meet the minimum Graduate College and School of Architecture eligibility requirements.

+ B.Arch option
Applicants with a non-accredited Bachelor of Architecture who wish to obtain an NAAB-accredited undergraduate degree may apply for advanced standing in the School’s B.Arch program at the time of application for the MS.Arch degree.  Students must complete at least two studios and other core studies, depending on the extent of their past experience. Time for completion of the +B.Arch option is in addition to the MS.Arch curriculum and is dependent on the applicant’s prior experience. 

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 reviewed until all materials have been received.

All applicants must upload the following documents using PDF format:

  • 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.
  • Portfolio: A portfolio that illustrates the candidate's undergraduate and professional work such as practice, research, publications, and projects.  It must demonstrate the breadth, depth, quality, and diversity of the candidate's work.

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.

Individuals who already have a Master's degree in Architecture are not eligible for admission to this program.

The deadlines for complete MS.Arch + B.Arch applications will be:


  • International: January 1st
  • Domestic: January 1st


  • International: October 15
  • Domestic: October 15

In the case of extraordinary applicants, we will forgo the deadlines and attempt to get applicants processed in time.

Contact Us

Sean Kramer
Interim Graduate Advisor

Sheila Blackburn
Administrative Associate

Patti van Leer
Program Coordinator