APPLYTEXAS APPLICATION deadline Tuesday, December 15, at 11:59 pm
ALL OTHER APPLICATION MATERIALS deadline Monday, January 4, at 8:00 am

The MAAD is notNAAB accredited degree. International students interested in pursuing licensure in the United States should apply to the M Arch degree.

Admission to the MAAD program is by area of specialization. It is competitive, and differently so for the different areas of specialization. Meeting the admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

Application information

[  ] Follow the application instructions for all UTSOA graduate programs.

[  ] See below for requirements for MAAD requirements.

Pre reqs

Prerequisites for admission include a professional 5-year baccalaureate degree in architecture from a NAAB accredited school or its international equivalent.

Graduate School requirements

[  ] Follow the Graduate School instructions to submit the application, application fee, transcripts, and test scores. Applicants should submit a GRE score. The GRE is waived for Fall 2021 MAAD applications. It may take 72 hours to be removed from your MyStatus. There is no reason to reach out in the interim. 

+ You will be required to indicate your intended area of specialization on the ApplyTexas application:

  • Advanced Architectural Design

  • Historic Preservation

  • Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Sustainable Design

+ You are applying to the area of specialization you select on the ApplyTexas application. Admission reviews and decisions are determined by each area of specialization.

Statement of purpose

[  ] Upload your statement through MyStatus.

+ A 1,000-1,500 word essay that addresses your interest in the MAAD program with respect to your academic and professional objectives, the factors that led you to apply to the SOA, a situation or job that helped you define your interest, your most substantial professional contribution and why you view it as such, and/or any other factors related to your academic or professional experience that you wish to convey to the admissions committee.

MAAD Interdisciplinary Studies applicants are required to include a Hypothetical Curriculum drawn from courses currently or recently offered at the University as a whole with your statement of purpose.

+ You may submit your ApplyTexas online application before finishing your statement of purpose. You can later upload your statement through MyStatus.

Three letters of recommendation

[  ] Manage and track your letters through MyStatus.

[  ] Provide recommenders' emails as part of the ApplyTexas online application.

+ Recommenders may include former instructors and professional employers.

+ Letters should include comments on the applicant’s intellectual, communicative, and leadership abilities as well as his or her capacity for creativity and relevant personal characteristics.

+ After you submit your application and pay your application fee, notification emails will be sent to your recommenders. Any delay in submitting your application or application fee will delay the notifications to your recommenders.

Résumé or curriculum vitae

[  ] Upload through MyStatus


[  ] Upload portfolio as a single pdf through the portfolio credential on MyStatus.

The portfolio helps the reviewers determine your potential to perform successfully in a studio-based design curriculum. In order to review each application fairly and accurately, the reviewing committee requires evidence in one or more categories:

  • The level of creative skill you possess in any medium.

  • The extent of your interest in the MAAD, made evident through your abilities in composition, physical form-making, or perception of the environment.

  • Your ability to translate ideas into physical form, even if in simple terms such as drawing.


Portfolios should be designed and formatted for on-screen viewing (avoid a double spread layout) . Maximum file size is 25 MB.


For each project, list the applicant’s name, the project’s date, and an indication as to whether the project was academic, office-related, or personal. In the case of collaborative or professional work, the contribution by the applicant must be precisely described.


The organization of the portfolio is a design exercise. It should be clear, succinct, and thoughtfully composed to best reflect your interests and skills. The quality of the work is of greater importance than quantity.


Applicants seeking a post-professional degree should submit examples of work demonstrating an ability to pursue study at an advanced level. The portfolio should be of high quality and provide evidence of well-developed graphic skills, a sense of design (including integration of building technologies), and an understanding of space, form, and volume at different scales. The committee assumes the portfolio represents the applicant’s best abilities in design.