January 11, 2023 at 8:00 AM (CST)


January 25, 2023 at 8:00 AM (CST)

PLEASE NOTE: Application review will begin after the posted deadline. Applications completed by this deadline will be given preference; however, applications received after the posted deadline will be reviewed and considered on a rolling basis until May 1. Please contact the Graduate Office with any questions.

Pre reqs

Applicants must have a professional degree in Interior Design, Interior Architecture, or Architecture.

Application information

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

[  ] See below for MID II application requirements.

Graduate School requirements

[  ] Follow the Graduate School instructions to submit the application, application fee, transcripts, and test scores.

The GRE is **WAIVED** for Fall 2023 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.

+ A 1,000-1,500 word essay responding to the prompt: Broadly propose your area of research interest and explain how our program and school would help influence and support that research, outlining as specifically as possible the ideas, people and resources you would like to engage in the program and school.

+ 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 proposed degree program, 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. 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, an understanding and making of interior design spaces (examples could include emphasis on materials, furniture, programming, color, etc.), and an understanding of space, form, and volume. The committee assumes the portfolio represents the applicant’s best abilities in design.