We encourage prospective students to carefully read our FAQ, as many common questions are answered below. 

What is the application deadline?

What do I need to submit to apply?

What if my letter of recommendation, test score, or other document will not arrive by the deadline?

What is the most important component of my application?

What should I include in my portfolio?

What is the minimum acceptable GRE score?

What is the minimum acceptable GPA (grade-point average)?

What is the minimum acceptable TOEFL score?

Are there any prerequisites?

Do you admit for spring or summer semesters?

Can I apply as a transfer student?

Will you review my résumé/CV/portfolio to advise me if I am a competitive applicant?

How long is the program?

How large is the class for Fall 2017?

What percent of applicants were admitted for the Fall 2017 class?

Which programs are accredited?

If I have no background in architecture, am I eligible to apply to the M Arch I?

How will I know if I will receive advanced standing in the first-professional program(s)?

Can I visit the graduate programs in The School of Architecture?

Do you have brochures you can send me?

How much is tuition?

What is the cost of attendance?

What type of funding do you offer?

What types of scholarships are available?

Do you offer need-based financial aid?

Am I eligible for a teaching (TA) or research (GRA) assistantship?

How can I establish Texas residency?

Where can I find information about services and immigration paperwork for international students? 

 

 

What is the application deadline?

Refer to each program's application instructions for the deadlines. 

What do I need to submit to apply?

See our application instructions for the application process and required materials.

What if my letter of recommendation, test score, or other document will not arrive by the deadline?

It is an applicant's responsibility to ensure all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the admissions committee and we are unable to make an admssion decision on an incomplete file.

What is the most important component of my application?

For design-based programs, the portfolio weighs most heavily in the admissions review. The statement of purpose and letters of recommendation are also important to our admissions committees.

What should I include in my portfolio?

Refer to each program's application instructions for detailed portfolio instructions.

What is the minimum acceptable GRE score?

There is no minimum GRE score requirement for admission.  Test scores are evaluated and taken into consideration, along with all other required application materials.  Admission offers are based on a holistic review of all application materials. The Graduate School publishes the average GRE scores of admitted students by program. 

What is the minimum acceptable GPA (grade-point average)?

The Graduate School requires a 3.0 grade point average in upper-division undergraduate work (junior- and senior- level courses) and in any graduate work already completed. If your GPA does not meet the minimum requirement - or if you feel that your GPA is not avalid indicator of your ability - you may submit an application, then use the Document UPload System to add a letter explaining your concerns. If other factors negate a low GPA, it is possible to be admitted with a GPA below the minimum with a petition to the Graduate School. 

What is the minimum acceptable TOEFL score?

Please see GIAC's minimum acceptable scores information.

Are there any prerequisites?

Prerequisities are listed in each program's application instructions.

Do you admit for spring or summer semesters?

UTSOA admits only for the fall semesters. Most students admitted to the first-professional MLA program will begin their program in the summer with the Summer Atelier. Some students admitted to the M Arch I program may choose to enroll in the introductory summer workshop in Visual Communication.

Can I apply as a transfer student?

Students wishing to transfer from a graduate program at another institution should follow the standard admissions process. UT Austin does not have an official transfer option for graduate students. If admitted, you will be considered as beginning a new degree at UT Austin. The Graduate Office will evaluate your transcript(s) and you will receive an estimate of the credit you will receive for previous coursework.

Will you review my résumé/CV/portfolio to advise me if  I  am a competitive applicant or my chances of admission?

We are unable to review information sent to our office. We, nor our faculty, are able to review portfolios to provide feedback in advance of the admissions process. If you wish to be considered for admission, you must submit a complete application through our official admissions process.

How long is the program?

  • Master of Architecture, First-Professional: 3 ½ years without a background, 2 ½ years with a background

  • Master of Architecture, Post-Professional: 2 years

  • Master of Arts in Architectural History: 2 years

  • Master of Interior Design, First-Professional: 3 ½ years

  • Master of Interior Design, Post-Professional: 2 years

  • Master of Landscape Architecture, First-Professional: 3 years

  • Master of Landscape Architecture, Post-Professional: 2 – 2 ½ years

  • Master of Science in Architectural Studies (Interdisciplinary): 2 years

  • Master of Science in Community & Regional Planning: 2 – 3 years

  • Master of Science in Historic Preservation: 2 years

  • Master of Science in Sustainable Design: 2 years

  • Master of Science in Urban Design: 2 years

How large is the incoming class for 2017?

  • Master of Architecture, first-professional: 48

  • Master of Architecture, post-professional: 8

  • Master of Landscape Architecture, first-professional: 13

  • Master of Landscape Architecture, post-professional: 0

  • ​Master of Interior Design, first-professional: 5

  • Master of Interior Design, post-professional: 3

  • Master of Science in Community & Regional Planning: 36

  • Master of Science in Sustainable Design: 3

  • Master of Science in Urban Design: 4

  • Master of Science in Historic Preservation: 6

  • Master of Arts in Architectural History: 0

  • ​Master of Science in Architectural Studies: 0

  • PhD in Architecture: 5

  • PhD in Community & Regional Planning: 5

What percent of applicants were admitted for the Fall 2017 class?

  • Master of Architecture, first-professional: 24%

  • Master of Architecture, post-professional: 29%

  • Master of Arts in Architectural History: 50%

  • ​Master of Science in Architectural Studies: 20%

  • Master of Landscape Architecture, first-professional: 42%

  • ​Master of Landscapre Architecture, post-professional: 10%

  • ​Master of Interior Design, first-professional: 21%

  • Master of Interior Design, post-professional: 33%

  • Master of Science in Community & Regional Planning: 63%

  • Master of Science in Historic Preservation: 45%

  • Master of Science in Sustainable Design: 21%

  • Master of Science in Urban Design: 39%

  • PhD in Architecture: 20%

  • PhD in Community & Regional Planning: 19%

Which programs are accredited?

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from a professional degree program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) as a prerequisite for licensure. The accredited professional degree programs offered by the School of Architecture are the Bachelor of Architecture (BArch), the first-professional Master of Architecture (M Arch I), and the first-professional Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA). Please note that professional degrees from foreign countries must be individually evaluated by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) prior to American licensure.

If I have no background in architecture, am  I  eligible to apply to the M Arch I?

Yes, our M Arch I degree program is open to students without any background in Architecture.

How will I know if  I will receive advanced standing in the first-professional program(s)?

After you are admitted, our Graduate Office and Graduate Advisers will evaluate your college transcript(s) and assign credit for previous coursework.

Can I visit the graduate programs in The School of Architecture?

Yes, we welcome visits from prospective students and offer prospective student information sessions in the fall. A map and parking information can be found on the Visit UTSOA page. Also, the School of Architecture Lectures & Events page provides information on activities scheduled in and around the school.

Do you have any brochures you can send me?

Rather than print brochures, our website is updated with current information.

How much is tuition?

Tuition and fee rates are posted on the Student Accounts Receivable website as soon as they are approved by the University of Texas System Board of Regents.

What is the cost of attendance?

The Office of Financial Aid publishes official cost of attendance estimates.

What type of funding do you offer?

Funding opportunities are described on our Student Funding pages.

What types of scholarships are available?

Scholarship opportunities are described on our Student Funding pages.

Do you offer need-based financial aid?

U.S. Citizens and permanent residents may apply for federal financial aid through the Office of Financial Aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Am I eligible for a teaching (TA) or research (GRA) assistantship?

Yes, but first-semester graduate students do not typically hold assistantship positions. Teaching and research assistantships are available to all of our continuing students. These positions come at the recommendation of the hiring faculty or staff member. Most interested students will directly contact the faculty member or resource center for which they would like to work.

These positions are filled through an application process each semester. Approximately 50% of applicants are recommended to an appointment.

How can I establish Texas residency?

The residency office provides details about establishing residency and are the contacts for all residency questions.

Where can I find information about services and immigration paperwork for international students?

Please contact International Student and Scholar Services.