Master of Architecture FAQs

Check out our frequently asked questions for answers to the most common questions about the M Arch, or contact us with any other questions.


Yes, it is possible to attend on a part-time basis. You will work closely with your advisor to develop a specific part-time schedule.

Not unless they are awarded advanced placement.

Some electives must be taken from within a set of options, others are wide open. Students will be provided a list of electives along with the elective requirements upon enrollment in the program. Until then, view M Arch Curriculum & Courses to see when you may take electives in the M Arch II and M Arch III tracks, or view the University of Arizona Course Catalog for all course descriptions.

Yes, M Arch students may join MS Urban Planning and Master of Landscape Architecture students for summer study abroad opportunities and guided international studies and research projects. Previous international trips have included destinations such as South Africa; Orvieto, Italy; Copenhagen, Denmark; Prague, Czech Republic; Oman, Jordan; and Panama.

Many employers post open positions to Handshake, the University of Arizona’s job board and career development platform. We also have many firms who regularly participate in our annual Job Interview Fair. The School of Architecture also receives regular notifications from employers looking to hire graduates and these notices are distributed to students.


M Arch students apply through University of Arizona Graduate College, and our graduate coordinator will work with you through the process. Learn more about the process, including application deadlines and costs.

FALL 2022
February 6:
1st Round Deadline (to be considered for assistantship funding)
April 3: 2nd Round Deadline (domestic/international students not requiring a visa) 
April 3: M Arch III Final Deadline 
May 31: M Arch II Final Deadline (domestic/international students not requiring a visa) 
May 31: WRGP Applicant Deadline 

View our Additional Application and Portfolio Considerations for M Arch III Candidates on the Admissions & Costs page.

Students applying to the program must meet University of Arizona Graduate College admissions standards.

  • Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited United States college or university, or equivalent in a non-US institution of higher learning. The undergraduate degree can be in any field of study. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 90 graded quarter credit hours or last 60 graded semester credit hours is required.
  • Applicants who do not meet the required 3.0 GPA can apply as Graduate Non-Degree Seeking. After completion of 12 consecutive semester units of 500 level courses, and a 3.0 GPA or higher, applicants can apply as graduate degree seeking using their graduate GPA.
  • Those applicants who possess a bachelor's degree in architecture or a closely related professional field may apply for advanced standing.
  • International students must demonstrate English language proficiency and submit scores from the TOEFL exam.

View all M Arch admissions requirements.


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 years of full time academic study in the United States, English-speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand or other official English speaking countries at an accredited institution, culminating in the receipt of a bachelors or graduate degree that is awarded within two years of the term of enrollment. Students must have 48 graded semester hours of upper division, undergraduate work or 30 graded semester hours of graduate work. If the student has been residing outside the English speaking country for more than 2 years since completing studies and earning a degree, he or she will be required to submit current TOEFL or IELTS scores as part of the admissions process. TOEFL results are valid for two years only. Only scores of 79 or greater on the TOEFL and 7 or greater on the ILETS 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.

View all M Arch admissions requirements.

Contact Emilio Romero, graduate student services coordinator, at or 520-621-9819.

Cost to Attend and Financial Aid

In-state and WRGP tuition and fees per semester (7+ units):
$5,969 tuition + $1,500 program fees + $667 university fees
Out-of-state tuition and fees per semester (7+ units):
$16,033 + $1,500 program fees + $667 university fees
Subject to change. Learn more about WRGP pricing for out-of-state students from the West.

Dual-degree students are responsible for paying 75 percent of both program fees.

Please check the University of Arizona Tuition and Fees website for the most detailed cost information.

Financial aid is available to qualified students based on the program, merit and financial need. Many of our students receive some form of financial aid excluding loans.

  • Graduate assistant (GA) positions may be available for students continuing in the MS Arch program. Students may apply for positions after their first year, or to other programs outside of CAPLA beginning their first year. Students may be awarded a CAPLA GA/GRA position in their first year and will be reviewed upon applying.
  • The program may also provide financial support to offset tuition for its students in the form of Graduate Tuition Waivers; Fellowship Funds; Program Fee Set Aside Funds; program-level scholarships; Graduate Access Fellowships; UA Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowships eligible for returning Peace Corps Volunteers; Qualified Tuition Reduction (QTR) Waivers for UA employees and affiliates; Western Regional Graduate Program pricing for students from select Western states; and student travel support offered by the program.
  • The University of Arizona and the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture have an array of scholarships available to qualified students. Awards are based on need, merit, program, class year, and/or other specifications. Students can apply for additional scholarships through Scholarship Universe. Admitted students will be notified of the opportunity to apply through Scholarship Universe.
  • Applicants are eligible to apply for federal financial aid through Free Application Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for more information.


There are computers available in the studio and computer lab, however, they are often used for courses. It is strongly recommended that you bring your own laptop computer to campus. Personal computers must meet specific computer requirements in order to run the necessary software.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CAPLA building is currently closed to visitors. However, we offer virtual tours and you may connect with our recruitment and outreach coordinator to discuss the program, including sitting in an online class. You may also connect with our Student Ambassadors, who are happy to tell you about the studio spaces and other building features.

Tucson is a welcoming and diverse community surrounded by five majestic mountain ranges. The Tucson basin boasts a rich cultural heritage, a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy designation, and offers nationally renowned events such as the Tucson Gem and Mineral ShowAll Souls Procession/Day of the Dead, and the Tour de Tucson bike race. The SunLink Streetcar connects the University of Arizona campus to Fourth Avenue, Tucson’s downtown and the Westside Mercado District. Southern Arizona, with 350 days of sunshine each year, is known for its abundant outdoor opportunities including hiking, cycling, astronomy, birding and rock climbing.

Ready to design sustainable spaces honed by the poetics of place?

Learn more about the Master of Architecture by contacting Emilio Romero, graduate services coordinator, or review the admissions process and begin your application now:

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