We encourage prospective students to carefully read our FAQ, as most admissions questions are answered below.
Refer to each program's application instructions for the deadlines.
See our application instructions for the application process and required materials.
What if my letter of recommendation, test score, or other documents will not arrive by the deadline?
It is an applicant's responsibility to ensure all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Admissions committees will not review late applications and we are unable to make an admission decision on an incomplete file.
For design-based programs, the portfolio is most important. The statement of purpose and letters of recommendation are also important to our admissions committees.
Refer to each program's application instructions for detailed portfolio instructions.
There is no minimum GRE score requirement. Test scores are considered with all other required application materials. Admission decisions are based on a holistic review of all application materials. The Graduate School publishes average GRE statistics.
The Graduate School requires a 3.0 grade point average for admission, calculated on upper-division undergraduate courses (junior- and senior- level courses) and any graduate courses. If your GPA for admission does not meet the 3.0 minimum requirement - or if you feel that your GPA is not a valid indicator of your ability - you may submit your ApplyTexas application, then upload a statement for the admissions committee through the Document Upload System explaining your situation. If other factors negate a low GPA, it is possible to be admitted following a petition to the Graduate School.
Please see GIAC's minimum acceptable scores information.
Prerequisites are listed in each program's application instructions.
The SOA admits only for the fall semesters. Most students admitted to the 3-year M Arch and the MLA I programs will begin in the summer.
We expect admission decisions to be available in late February or early March. When a decision is available, it will appear on MyStatus.
Students wishing to transfer from a graduate program at another institution 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.
Master of Architecture, First-Professional: 3 years or 2 years with advanced standing
Master of Advanced Architectural Design: 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 and 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
Master of Architecture, first-professional: 48
Master of Advanced Architectural Design: 1
Master of Landscape Architecture, first-professional: 17
Master of Interior Design, first-professional: 6
Master of Interior Design, post-professional: 11
Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning: 39
Master of Science in Sustainable Design: 3
Master of Science in Urban Design: 5
Master of Science in Historic Preservation: 3
PhD in Architecture: 3
PhD in Community and Regional Planning: 3
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), and the first-professional Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA I). Please note that professional degrees from foreign countries must be individually evaluated by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) to pursue licensure in the United States.
Yes, our M Arch degree program is open to students without any background in Architecture.
After you are admitted, our Graduate Office and Graduate Advisers will evaluate your background and inform you if you will receive advanced standing.
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.
Rather than print brochures, our website is updated with current information.
Funding opportunities are described on our Student Funding pages.
Scholarship opportunities are described on our Student Funding pages.
U.S. Citizens and permanent residents may apply for federal financial aid through Texas One Stop by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Yes, although it is our policy that first-semester graduate students do not hold assistantship positions. Teaching and graduate research assistantships are available to all of our continuing students. These positions are appointed at the recommendation of the hiring faculty or staff member.
TA positions are filled through an application process each year. Approximately 50% of applicants are recommended to an appointment. Most interested students will directly contact the faculty member or resource for which they would like to apply.
Please see the Texas Admissions residency information for details about determining, establishing, and reviewing Texas residency.
Please contact International Student and Scholar Services.