deadline to submit the APPLYTEXAS online aPPLICATION December 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM (CST)
deadline to UPLOAD/SUBMIT ALL OTHER APPLICATION MATERIALS [ statement, resume, letters, portfolio] January 4, 2022 at 8:00 AM (CST)

Prior training in architecture or design is not required. 

Prospective students interested in pursuing licensure should apply to the M Arch program if you have any bachelor degree other than a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch), including a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Art, Bachelor of Design, or Bachelor of Environmental Design. 

Pre reqs

The M Arch program has two prerequisites: 

[  ]  One semester of Calculus [see M 408C]

[  ]  One semester of Physics for Non-Technical Majors (non-calculus based) [see PHY 302K]

+ Pre-reqs are not required to apply. The pre-reqs must be fulfilled before the first class day of the first semester. Students will not be able to enroll if the pre-reqs are not fulfilled.

+ Acceptable pre-reqs cover the same content as the UT Austin equivalent courses linked above. Submit pre-req documentation to the Graduate Office at least one week before the first class day in the fall.

+ The pre-req credit must appear on a college transcript. We will accept AP credit if it appears on a college transcript. We will not accept any high school transcripts for pre-reqs.

Application information

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

[  ] See below for M Arch application requirements.

Admissions deadline

[  ] The deadline to submit or upload all other admissions documents including Graduate School and departmental requirements is January 4, 2022 for Fall 2022

+ We strongly recommend submitting your ApplyTexas application a month before the December 15, 2021 ApplyTexas deadline to allow for adequate time to submit or upload all materials.

+ It may take 24-48 hours from when you submit the ApplyTexas application before you receive the email to access your MyStatus page to upload departmental requirements.

+ You must also pay the application fee before you will be able to upload any documents to MyStatus

Graduate School requirements

[  ] Follow the Graduate School instructions to submit the application, application fee, transcripts and test scores. The SOA requires a GRE score. 

The GRE is **WAIVED** for Fall 2022 applications. It may take 72 hours to be removed from your MyStatus after you submit your application. There is no reason to reach out in the interim. 

Statement of purpose

[  ] Upload your statement through MyStatus.

+ An essay of 750 - 1,000 words that addresses your interest in the M Arch program with respect to your academic and professional objectives, the factors that led you to apply to our program, 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.

+ 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 (preferred) 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.

+ Letters must be in English or include an English translation.

+ 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 fairly and accurately review each application, the admissions 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 M Arch, 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).  The 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 with little to no prior background in design

The portfolio is not expected to show architectural skills. Rather, it should contain work that demonstrates facility with a variety of media and illustrates three-dimensional understanding. You may demonstrate your creative, artistic, and perceptual skills through painting, sculpture, or other three-dimensional explorations, such as objects you have designed and constructed. Photography as an example of creative work must demonstrate intention in composition, color/light, or other critical point of view.

applicants with design backgrounds 

Applicants seeking advanced placement 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.