Application materials from our most recent admission cycle are outlined below. To download the pdf version of the application instruction sheet for our most recent admission cycle, click here. Visit our FAQs page for specific questions about the application process.
All application materials that need to be mailed in hard-copy form (official transcripts and IELTS scores) should be sent to the following address:
Admissions: Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 1079, Givens Hall, Room 105
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130
If you would like to be added to our mailing list or you have questions about the graduate program curricula, please contact Kathleen O'Donnell, Graduate Admissions Coordinator.
Phone: 314.935.6227 or 800.295.6227 (within continental United States)
Courses Prior to Enrollment
- MArch 3 applicants are asked to demonstrate satisfactory completion of one course each of elementary calculus and college physics prior to enrollment. These courses assure adequate preparation for the architectural structures sequence that is required of all MArch students. Through the portfolio, MArch 3 applicants are asked to demonstrate ability and experience in freehand drawing and/or two- or three-dimensional basic design exercises.
- Placement in the MArch 2 program is based on design portfolio evaluation and the extent of the applicant's undergraduate architectural studies. Prior to admission in the MArch 2 program, students must be able to waive at least two of the three credits of Environmental Systems I (A46 438) and two of the following courses:
Building Systems (A46 445)
Structures I (A46 447A)
Stuctures II (A46 448A)
Architectural History I (A46 4280)
Architectural History II (A46 4284)
Environmental Systems II (A46 439)
For more information about course waiver requirements for the MArch 2 program, click here>>
- MLA applicants must demonstrate satisfactory completion of at least one college-level course in the natural sciences and at least one college-level course in the visual arts, such as drawing, sculpture, graphics, and/or basic design. Applicants with an accredited degree in landscape architecture or architecture may be admitted to the MLA program with advanced placement. Applicants who have received a non-accredited degree in architecture, landscape architecture, or environmental design may also receive advanced placement of one or two semesters, upon review of the admissions committee.
All candidates must submit an online application. The following application materials may be submitted in stages; however, all materials must be submitted by the application deadline. No applicant will be considered for admission until all required items have been received by the Office of Graduate Admissions for the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design.
ONLINE APPLICATION MATERIALS
1. Personal information.
2. A statement of objective of educational and career goals.
3. A resume/curriculum vita (to include education and employment history, honors, awards, and extracurricular activities).
4. Three letters of recommendation, to be completed by individuals who know the personal and academic qualities of the applicant (preferably—although not necessarily—academic instructors). These three letters will be submitted through the online application process. Please note that, along with other contact information, the applicant will need to provide each recommender's accurate e-mail address.
5. A non-refundable $85 application fee, paid online by credit card.
6. Official transcripts. Upload a digital copy (PDF format) of transcripts from the primary school you attended to the online system. Please also arrange to have the official transcript(s) from all colleges or universities attended submitted directly to our office in hard-copy form in a sealed envelope(s). The mailing address is listed above.
7. GRE scores (provided by the testing services). To ensure official test score reports arrive as needed, please use our institution code (6929) and department code (4401) when making arrangements with the testing agency.
8. English language scores (if the applicant's native language is not English). A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score is required if the applicant’s native language is not English. The minimum acceptable TOEFL scores are 90 on the Internet-based test, 577 on the paper-based test, or 233 on the computer-based test. The IELTS score minimum is 7.0. Note that an exception to the English test score requirement is made for candidates who have studied four years toward a baccalaureate degree in the United States. To ensure official TOEFL test score reports arrive as needed, please use our institution code (6929) and department code (12) when making arrangements with the testing agency. IELTS scores must be sent in hard-copy form to our office (see address above.)
9. Portfolio. A digital portfolio showing examples of design work or work in the visual arts must be uploaded to our online application system. Please review our instructions below carefully.
The work represented in the portfolio—whether it includes drawings, photographs of architectural models, or artwork (including various types of media such as paintings, sculpture, ceramics, or photography)—should be the best examples of the applicant’s efforts.
Applicants who have not studied architecture previously should submit at least 15 examples of work in the visual arts and—if available—in the constructive arts (for example, photographs and drawings from small, three-dimensional built projects such as furniture, kiosks or decks.) The overall intention is to show work that demonstrates potential for accomplishment in further creative study.
Applicants who have pursued formal studies in architecture or landscape architecture must include examples of their design work related to those areas but are also welcome to include examples of other artistic endeavors.
Important: Applicants submitting work done collaboratively, either in school or in the profession, should be as specific as possible about the extent of their personal involvement in such projects.
Portfolio Formatting/Technical Requirements
- Please submit the portfolio as a single PDF document, with a maximum file size of 20 MB and a maximum resolution of 150 dpi. All work should be produced in high-resolution digital images.
- Prepare the file for computer monitor viewing (i.e., horizontal orientation), with text that is at least 8 points large so that it is legible when viewed full-screen.
- The maximum number of pages applicants may submit is 25 (note: 2-page spreads count as one page).
- The layout of the portfolio pages should be clear, with brief descriptions for each piece or project.
HARD-COPY APPLICATION MATERIALS
As noted above, you are required to arrange for the official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended to be submitted directly to our office in hard-copy form in a sealed envelope(s).
In addition, applicants who are submitting IELTS scores must send a hard-copy version of the scores to our office.
Our mailing address is listed above.
Dual Degree Applications
To gain admission to a dual degree program involving another division of the University (e.g., Social Work, Business, or Construction Management), students must submit separate applications to—and gain admission from—both programs. Each program makes admission decisions independently. For further information about dual degree programs, click here.
All students who expect to be reliant on any amount of financial assistance from Washington University to fund their graduate studies must apply for financial aid. An application for financial aid will not influence decisions for admission to the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, so there is no penalty for seeking aid. Applicants for financial aid who plan to enroll in the fall semester must submit their financial aid application form by February 15. Applicants for financial aid who plan to enroll in the spring semester must submit their financial aid application form by October 1. For information about the financial aid application process, click here.
Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Applicants with a prior criminal history will not be automatically disqualified from consideration for admission. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University's Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.